The Hamilton Wentworth Panthers unleashed their own version of a thunderstorm, sinking the Toronto Junior Argonauts, 35-14, in Ontario Football Conference Junior Varsity play on the weekend.
Playing on the opponents rain-soaked St. Michael’s College School turf to complete the regular season, didn’t slowdown the Panthers as they rushed for a combined 311 yards, highlighted by running back Jeremy Haggarty’s outstanding performance. He rumbled for 159 yards with two touchdowns on just 17 carries.
Offensively, the more than 300-yard rushing performance would add an exclamation point to the ground attack of this year’s JV Panther. They finished the regular season with 1,483 rushing yards during the eight game campaign, averaging 185 yards per game and 17 TDs.
Much of the success for the Panthers rushing efforts can be attributed to an excellent offensive line. Under the coaching of Doug Van Moorsel, the O-Line has been a key factor in the Panthers 6-2 season and second place finish. Recognition is deserved by Calvin Rybak, Joel Williams, Dylan Peckham, Will “Zinger” Meinzinger, Peter Preston, Ryan Watts, Brandon Murray, and Andrew “Skittles” McCardie for a great job all season long.
In the season finale, the Panthers dominated on both sides of the ball.
Defensively, they shut the Argo’s out in the first half with yet another strong performance by the Panthers’ linebackers group consisting of Shane McMullin, Dave Szczyry, Derek Adam, Jeff Francis, and Mykola Saplywyj all of whom would again combine formore than 30 tackles.
The Panther’s now head into the post season in a semi-final rematch against the Argo’s on Friday (July 31) at MacRae Fields in Rockton at 8:30 p.m. The Panthers look to improve on their 2-0 record against the Argo’s this year and move on to the championship final on Aug. 9.