After a first week loss to the Ottawa Sooners, the Hamilton Hurricanes have put together five straight victories and find themselves in first place in the Ontario Football Conference.
Saturday night at Stade Hebert, the ’Canes edged the St. Leonard Cougars 12-10. Justin Boudreau’s last minute 37-yard field goal clinched the junior football victory. The Sooners travel to Hamilton next Saturday (Oct. 3) to play the Hurricanes in a rematch at 4 p.m. at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
“Our defense put on another special display,” noted Hamilton coach Jason Haye. “We were able to hold down the powerful Cougars team series after series.
It took a late stop with under a minute to go and a drive to set us up for the game winning field goal.
“Justin Boudreau made the 37-yard kick. He also played great in the secondary. Early in the game (outside linebacker) Jay Acton got his second touchdown in two weeks with an interception return. Aram Eisho, Thomas Klinger and DeShon Davis continue to lead the Hurricane D.
“Our team realizes what is at stake in the upcoming weeks. We all hope that earning home field throughout the playoffs can make things difficult for our opponents. Despite our early week 1 blowout loss, we have stayed positive on our goals of improving each week and getting ready for the playoffs.
“Being in first place is nice but playing well late in the year is even better.”
Meanwhile, the Ottawa Sooners have slipped to second place after a 21-17 loss to the Windsor AKO Fratmen at Keith Harris Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Sooners, now 4-2, won their first four games since returning to the OFC after a 14-year absence. The win for the Fratmen keeps their hopes alive for a playoff spot by snapping a four-game losing streak and move to 2-4 on the season.
Terry Mauldin caught seven passes including two for touchdowns. Windsor travels to Burlington on Saturday to play the Braves at Nelson Stadium at 7 p.m.
Ottawa coach Andy Mcevoy expects the Hurricanes to be well prepared for Saturday’s game.
“For our two future games I don’t expect anything different from both Hamilton and London, they will be hard hitting, close football games. Hamilton I know will want to extract a bit of revenge after the first game of the season and both teams will be playing for first place.”
The London Beefeaters raised their record to 3-3 on Friday night, with a 17-3 victory over the Burlington Braves at TD Waterhouse Stadium. The win moved the Beefs a step closer to a playoff spot. Miguel Wason’s third punt return for a touchdown gives him 30 points on the season.
The Beefeaters will make the long trip to St. Leonard’s Stade Hebert for a 7 p.m. kick off against the Cougars.