Essery high steps it for Braves

ofcBurlington Braves’ Brody Essery is this week’s Outstanding Special Teams Player of the Week in the Ontario Football Conference.

Essery, returned three Hamilton kick offs for a total of 107 yards when the two junior teams met last weekend. Two of his run backs came after touchdowns; the other on the opening kick off gave the Braves favorable field position.

Averaging 35.7 yards per return and adding a 15 yard punt return helped the Braves defeat the Hurricanes 28-14 on their home turf.

The OFC’s Outstanding Defensive Player of the Week is linebacker Drew Morris of the Ottawa Sooners.

He is the second Sooners linebacker in as many weeks to capture the defensive honours. The OFC rookie defender led all with 23 defensive points on 10 solo tackles, one assisted tackle and one fumble recovery as the Sooners defeated the visiting Brampton Bears 27-24 in overtime.

Taking Outstanding Offensive Player of the Week honours is receiver Derrick Hurst of the Windsor AKO Fratmen.

Hurst collects the offensive award in his first game as a Fratmen. The OFC rookie hauled in five passes, three for touchdowns. The Amherst grad’s longest catch and run was 42 of his total 123 yards as the AKO Fratmen defeated the hometown London Beefeaters 30-6.