Junior football Battle of the Bay resumes Saturday

ofcLast season the Hamilton Hurricanes re-entered the Ontario Football Conference after 13 years of being in mothballs. Their return was marked with four straight losses. But they re-grouped and won their final four games to claim fourth place and a playoff game.

Enter the Ottawa Sooners after a similar absence from the OFC. The Sooners, however, had played in another league all along. The difference – Ottawa has won its first four games.

Ottawa fought hard Saturday (Sept. 12) for a 17-7 victory over the visiting London Beefeaters, who are now 1-3 on the season. In Hamilton, the Hurricanes, now 3-1, hung on for a 22-20 victory over the 1-3 Windsor AKO Fratmen. The Burlington Braves, 0-4, travelled to St. Leonard but came away on the short end of a 23-15 victory by the Cougars now 3-1.

This weekend will see the second half of the battle of the bay between the Hurricanes and the Braves at Burlington’s Nelson Stadium, Saturday at 7 p.m. The ’Canes won round one 31-15 at home. The battle of 1-3 teams also takes place Saturday night when the Windsor AKO Fratmen host the London Beefeaters at Windsor Stadium.

A rare Sunday night tilt will take place at Keith Harris Stadium in Ottawa at 7:30 p.m. The Cougars will be looking to avenge the Sooners 16-13 last minute victory in St. Leonard two weeks ago and of course a share of first place.

The OFC will host the Prairie Football Conference champs in the Intergold Cup (Canadian Junior Football League semi final) with the winner advancing to the Canadian Bowl Saturday, Nov. 14 at the home of the British Columbia Football Conference champions.