The ballots are in, the votes have been tallied, and it is official, the Hamilton Hurricanes Football Club has taken five of the nine categories for the annual OFC awards. At the end of each regular season in the OFC, the Players of the Year and the OFC All-Stars are named and recognized for their hard work, dedication and excellent play on the gridiron. The award winners and All-Stars are voted on and chosen by the Head Coaches of the Ontario Football Conference.
Hamilton’s Running Back Troy Croonen has been named as the OFC Offensive Player of the Year. Troy is playing in his final season as a senior with the Hurricanes and finished the regular season with 113 carries for 802 yards and five touchdowns.
OFC Defensive Player of the Year was awarded to Hurricanes’ Linebacker John Hornby. The 6’1”, 225lbs Linebacker is a senior with the Hurricanes in 2011 and has tallied 23 solo tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 1 QB sack, 2 knockdowns, and 1 interception returned 30 yards for a touchdown to help lead the Hurricanes to a 7-1 regular season record.
Hamilton’s Centre Dan Brown has been named OFC Offensive Lineman of the Year. Dan is playing in his final season in a Hurricanes jersey. He is the anchor of the Hurricanes’ Offensive Line and has brought a great deal of experience and leadership to the team this season after being invited to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Training Camp earlier this year.
The OFC Defensive Lineman of the Year has been awarded to the undisputed voice of the Hurricanes Football Club in Anthony “Dingo” Dinguana. Dingo has a way of getting his team (and the opposition) fired up with a few perfectly timed words. The thing about Dingo is that he can back up his talking with his play on the field. Dingo was a force to be reckoned with shutting down both the inside run and the passing game by getting his hands in the passing lanes. He has a nose for the Quarterback too and has a number of QB sacks and fumble recoveries to his credit this season.
Malcolm Paul, Hamilton’s special team’s weapon, has been named the Alex Stajic Memorial Special Team’s Player of the Year. Malcolm is in his final year of eligibility in 2011 and plays for the love of the game. He is electrifying when returning the football by making would-be tacklers miss and setting up his offence in great field position. Malcolm is also a threat when chasing down opposing returners and tackling them deep in their own ends, which then allows the Hurricanes’ Defence to work its magic.
The awards continue to roll in for the Hurricanes with the All-Star ballots.
OFC All-Star Offensive Lineman: Dan Brown and Jordan Cozzi
OFC All-Star Running Back: Troy Croonen
OFC All-Star Defensive Lineman: Anthony “Dingo” Dinguana
OFC All-Star Linebacker: John Hornby
OFC All-Star Defensive Back: Cody Lynch
Statistical Leader: Receiving – Matt Coates (641 yards)
Congratulations to all of the 2011 OFC award winners and All-Stars and to the Hamilton Hurricanes Football Club and their athletes for their accomplishments this season.