Hurricanes steal way to third straight win

If you like defensive football games then you would have loved Friday night’s (Aug. 31) matchup between Hamilton and the Twin Cities Predators, won by the Hurricanes, 29-7.

The win improved Hamilton’s Ontario Football Conference record to 3-1 after their first road game of the season. The win was the Hurricanes third straight after dropping the season opener to the cross-bay rivals, the Burlington Braves.

The game was a defensive battle at Kinght-Newbrough Field in Waterloo between the two clubs. It all started with an errant pass from Predators’ quarterback Cory Prince. The attempt was picked off and returned 50 yards for the touchdown by Hurricanes ‘defensive back Connor Hitchcock.

But Connor wasn’t satisfied with that and later in the first quarter he again intercepted and ran it back 40 yards for the major.

The interceptions for touchdowns were not finished there but this time it was the Predators who were rewarded. Kyle Johnston’s pass effort was picked off and returned 40 yards for the hosts only score of the contest.

The only offensive touchdown of the game came from a 30-yard run by Ryan Kotar in the final quarter.

The Hurricanes sealed the victory with a final interception, which – you guessed it – was returned for a touchdown when Jake Campbell scampered 20-yards in the final minutes of the game.

The quick summary: Four interceptions – four touchdowns.

The Predators remain winless after four starts.

The Hurricanes’ next game is at home against the Windsor AKO Fratmen on Saturday, Sept. 8. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. at Ivor Wynne Stadium. This will be the final regular season home game for the ‘Canes at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Hamilton will close out the season with three road games. The game will be dedicated to the Hamilton Hurricanes’ Alumni.