The Hamilton Hurricanes have drawn first blood in their neighbourly rivalry with the Burlington Braves and set the stage for their Ontario Football Conference re-match.
The ‘Canes scored a season-opening Canadian Junior Football League 27-7 victory over the Braves in Burlington on Friday (Aug. 26). The game was also Burlington’s first of the season on their new artificial turf at Nelson Stadium.
The two clubs meet again on Friday, Sept. 2 at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
While the result was a deficit for Burlington, three graduates of the Hamilton Wentworth Minor Football Association’s Junior Varsity Panthers made their CJFL debuts. Quarterback Lucas Spagnuolo, who led the JV Panthers to the Ontario Football Conference Varsity title in 2009, threw a 15-yard pass for the Braves only major.
Also suiting up for the Braves were linebacker Steve Connery and defensive lineman Wes King. Connery was a Chris Bruce award winner for outstanding playing in the OFC, MVP Defensive Player for the Panthers, and finished the year with 25 tackles and 78 defensive points,
King made his presence known on the D-line with seven tackles, two sacks and 23 points.