After coming off of a 27-10 win over the Ottawa Sooners this past weekend that improved their record to 4-0, I sat down with Hamilton Hurricanes Quarterback and Ontario Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week, Matt Francis to discuss the success of the team in the first half of the season, what the Canes need to do in order to keep the momentum going in the second half, and what improvements Matt has made to his game to get his team to where they are now.
Matt Francis was selected by the Ontario Football Conference as Offensive Player of the Week in week four of the season. His numbers in week four are staggering compared to those at the Quarterback position on other teams in the conference. Matt completed 21 of his 30 pass attempts (70%) for 305 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception.
Matt was asked how it feels to be named Offensive Player of the Week for the OFC and he replied with, “I am very excited and it’s an honour to be named Offensive Player of the Week for the OFC.”
“I am very proud of this accomplishment” he added.
Based on such a great performance over this past weekend in Ottawa, it is clear that something is different about Matt Francis in the recent weeks compared to the opening of the season.
“My decision making has been a lot better this season. I feel that I’m absorbing everything Coach Hayes has to say and then applying it in games, and it has really helped me succeed as a player this season.”
With the first half of the season complete and the Hurricanes holding on to a 4-0 record, Matt was asked how he and the team will be able to keep the momentum going in the second half of the season.
“What we need to do to keep the momentum going is to execute each and every play, we can’t get lazy and we need to come out of the gates stronger and put teams away early.”
With St. Leonard next on the schedule, the coaching staff has been stressing the importance of this week’s game.
“They have stressed the importance of winning this game. It puts us in a really good position with a win. A win would give us some satisfaction.”
It is anticipated that there will be great on-field action as the 4-0 Hamilton Hurricanes host the 3-1 St. Leonard Cougars. It will be a battle for both teams as they look to better one another.
Looking at the current league standings, there are teams in the league who have surprised many in one way or another and who are on the Hurricanes upcoming schedule. The biggest test for the Hamilton squad this year, Matt says, is St. Leonard.
“We have our work cut out for us this week. St. Leonard is a good team. We know this is a huge test for us, what is at stake, and what we need to do to win.”
If the Hurricanes can start strong, execute, and put teams away early in their remaining four regular season games, they will continue to have a very successful season and will be able to maintain their position atop the leader board in the Ontario Football Conference.