The Mohawk Mountaineers scored early and often as they ran to a 47-17 victory over the Trent Excalibur at a very windy Mohawk Sports Park Saturday (Oct. 24).
Mohawk and Trent raced back and forth in a wide open first half of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association contest that saw Mohawk hold a 28-12 halftime edge. After Trent cut the margin with an early second half try, the Mountaineers tightened defensively and scored 19 unanswered points for the win.
Chris VanSickle led the way for Mohawk with a try and six converts in very blustery conditions. Mike Rao, with two, Cody Thomas, John Packer and Joel Clarke added tries as did Steven Johnston with a spectacular run to close out the scoring for Mohawk.
Mountaineers’ head coach Alex Paris said Johnston, a flanker from Saltfleet, had a great game. As for the team, Paris said, “It was a good game. Each week we progress to being a better team. We have to keep the ball in hand and really focus on what we’re doing.”
Andrew Boyd, Tim Rowe and Matt Strain tallied tries for Trent with a single convert from Daniel Santos.
Mohawk currently sits with a 5-1 record, alone in first place thanks to bonus points, but Humber is 5-0. The Hawks host Conestoga Wednesday (Oct. 28), then visit Mohawk next Saturday (Oct. 31) in the final game of the regular season. Humber beat Mohawk in a 12-10 thriller Oct. 3 in Etobicoke.