Hamilton Hurricanes make OFC presence felt

QB Kyle Johnson was voted best offensive player of the year. (Photo: Hamilton Hurricanes)

Hamilton Hurricanes quarterback Kyle Johnson was voted best offensive player for the 2012 season of the Ontario Football Conference. Johnson was one of six Hurricanes junior players to receive recognition in the league’s year-end announcement of exceptional players.

Joining Johnson, who also an all-star, as offensive all-stars were: Offensive lineman Dalton Laughlin, receiver Anthony Pizutti, and running back Ryan Kotar.

On defence, linebacker Adam Grilj and defensive back Ryan Dalley received the votes from the league’s head coaches.

Johnson took his teammates to a second place finish in the regular schedule. After opening the 2012 campaign with a loss Hamilton won six games in a row. London Beefeaters beat the Hurricanes on the last day of the regular season to claim first place by two points.

Johnson finished the year completing 123 of 222 pass attempts. His 55.4 per cent passing average produced 2,165 yards of offense and accounted for 21 touchdowns.

Kotar was, literally and figuratively, a run-away winner in the rushing department. He converted 146 carries into 1,064 yards and nine touchdowns. His closest challenger was London’s Kyle Woldenberg-Puyda with 106 carries and 663 yards for seven TDs.

Pizutti topped the list of receivers by hauling in 39 receptions for 809 yards and matching his teammate with nine touchdowns.

Teammate Daniel Parr was third on the receivers list with 23 catches for 501 yards and six majors.

Dalley led the league with eight interceptions.

The Hurricanes and Ottawa Sooners play Saturday (Oct. 5) in a semi-final game at Mohawk Sports Park.

The Burlington Braves, who finished seventh in the eight-team league, had offensive lineman Ton Sterling voted an all-star. Alex McFarlane led the league in kick-off returns with 295 yards.