Beefeaters take wind out of Hamilton Hurricanes

Instead of being the storm, the Hamilton Hurricanes were caught in one on Friday (Sept. 29) when the London Beefeaters pummeled the visitors, 61,-21, and captured first place and home field advantage throughout the playoffs in the process.

Going into the Ontario Football Conference junior game, both teams sported 6-1 records and the Hurricanes were riding a crest of six straight wins.

With the loss, the Hurricanes settle for second place and will meet the third-place Ottawa Sooners in a semi-final tilt on Saturday (Oct. 6) at Mohawk Sports Complex at 8 p.m. London will play the St. Leonard Cougars. In the teams only regular season meeting, Hamilton eked out a 31-29 victory on Aug. 18.

The Beefeaters will play the St. Leonard Cougars.

Friday’s game was never really in doubt as quarterback Blake Huggins had his finest game in a Beefeater uniform. Blake completed 20 of 22 passes for 408 yards, no interceptions and three touchdowns. He hit slotback Christian Ridley for those three touchdowns including an 84-yard effort that saw Ridley break several tackles on his journey to the end zone.

All three running backs had touchdowns as well. Kyle Woldenberg-Puyda rushed for 78 yards and three TDs while Travis Ryan picked up 59 yards and a touchdown and Joel Clubine chipped in 19 yards and a touchdown.

Zack Medeiros, last week’s special teams player of the week, added two field goals and seven converts to finish with 85 points on the season. A bobbled snap on the eighth convert prevented him from adding to his total.

The Beefeaters had 30 first downs.

Defensively, the Beefs picked off four Hamilton passes and recovered a fumble.

Contrary to the score, Hamilton put up good offensive numbers. The Hurricanes finished with 407 yards, usually sufficient to win a game.