Hurricanes ride wave to OFC football final

The Hamilton Hurricanes are one game away from a three-peat in the Ontario Football Conference.

By virtue of a 36-28 semi-final win over the Ottawa Sooners on Saturday (Oct. 6), the Hurricanes secured a third straight ticket to the OFC final. The two-time defending OFC champions will meet the Beefeaters on Saturday (Oct. 13) in London. The Beefeaters advanced to the league final after disposing of the St. Leonard Cougars, 27-17.

Saturday’s confrontation has the ingredients for a very good finale to the provincial junior football season. In the final game of regular season play, London claimed first place over Hamilton with a 61-21 decision over the Hurricanes on Sept. 29.

In the semi-final win at Mohawk Sports Complex on Saturday, Hamilton was sparked by Jurrell Gaddishaw and Cory Raposo who each had two touchdowns. Gaddishaw’s total rushing yards of 199 including two scoring spurts of 15 and 19 yards. Raposo hauled in two catchers from 20 yards and six yards.

The Sooners made the game an interesting affairs after the Hurricanes had taken a 28—7 by the end of the opening half.

Quarterback Kyle Johnston three touchdown passes for Hamilton. Kyle Ritchie pulled in the other toss.

The Sooners scoring came from touchdowns by Marc Noel and Mathew Chartier with Andrew Banerjee kicking a 27-yard field goal. The Sooners also had two safety touches.