Hamilton Hurricanes pound Cougars in semi-final romp


The #2 seed Hamilton Hurricanes will travel to Windsor to take on the #1 seed AKO Fratmen this Saturday, October 29th at 1pm at the University of Windsor for the Ontario Football Conference Championship. Hamilton was able to knock off the #3 seed St. Leonard Cougars by a score of 42-3 in the OFC Semi-Final game last night at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Hamilton Running Backs Troy Croonen and Ryan Kotar combined for a total of 221 yards rushing and one touchdown to pick apart the Cougars defense throughout the night. Croonen broke free for a 42 yard run that made the St. Leonard defense look like they were standing still. Not to be outdone, Kotar’s longest scamper was for 28 yards. Another part of the game that the Cougars did not have an answer for was the air attack. Hurricanes Quarterback Matt Francis completed 15 of 26 passing attempts for 269 yards and two touchdowns. His longest pass of the night was to Wide Receiver Dan Iafrate for 50 yards.

The Hurricanes Defense came up huge by limiting the Cougars’ offense to eight first downs and 213 total yards for the game. It seemed like the Canes “D” had an answer for everything that the Cougars tried to do. It was an all-around team effort on Defense for the Hurricanes with key plays being made by Matt Brady, who had an assisted tackle, a Quarterback Sack, and a fumble recovery, and by Cody Lynch and Thomas Klinger who pitched in with 4 solo tackles and 5 solo tackles, respectively.

The Hurricanes are looking to repeat as OFC Champions this weekend when they face Windsor. Two of the best the OFC has to offer will battle it out for the OFC title and the opportunity to host the Canadian Championship on November 12th. In the last meeting between the two clubs, Windsor won a wild one, 27-21, in extreme weather conditions. Hopefully the weather cooperates this week for both teams.