In their inaugural season in the Ontario Football Conference, the Varsity Hamilton Hurricanes sent a message to the football community that they are the real deal and a program to be reckoned with.
On Saturday (Aug, 10) in front of a jam packed crowd at Burlington’s Nelson Stadium, the Varsity ’Canes were crowned OFC champions after their 27-24 win over the undefeated Huronia Stallions.
The 2013 Varsity Hurricanes celebrate their championship (Photo: Hamilton Hurricanes/HWMFA)
The win capped off an unblemished 11-0 season with Hamilton scoring a league-leading 476 points while allowing a league low of only 80.
“The season was a victory for the organization” said head coach Ron Underhill. “It has set the standard for all our age divisions – from the grassroots all the way to the top. With the quality of players, coaches and volunteers entrenched within the organization success is inevitable”.
The Hurricanes also acknowledged their supporters and wished the best of luck to players graduating to the next level.
Hamilton’s quarterback and offensive player of the game, Kyle VanWynsberghe, connected on a nine-yard pass to Jake Williams to open the scoring. Both teams traded scores throughout the contest with running back Jake Reddick adding a 22-yard touchdown run and VanWynsberghe scrambling in to the end zone in the fourth quarter to score what eventually became the game winner.
The ’Canes injury laden defence played admirably, denying Huronia receiver Daniel VanderVort the end zone and playing just tough enough to secure the victory.
“I’m extremely proud of our whole team. We had numerous starters out on the defence but our seconds and thirds rose to the occasion. It is definitely promising for our future,” said Underhill.