The Hamilton Hurricanes were decisive victors, fashioning a 48-12 decision over the Burlington Braves on Saturday (Aug. 31) at Mohawk Sports Complex.
Hurricanes began their scoring when the Braves gave up a safety with little more than three minutes left in the first quarter, and never looked back.
A punt recovery and run by Jake Testani at the start of the second quarter gave the ’Canes their first touchdown. The Braves responded with a field goal. Hamilton then shaved some time off the clock and took a long drive into the end zone for a 16-3 lead.
Burlington responded by stripping the ball from the ’Canes and running the distance for a touchdown, followed by another field goal to close the gap. But with seconds left in the first half, Matt Coates – last week’s OFC offensive player of the week – brought the ball into the end zone for Hamilton; the extra point was good for the Hurricanes to lead 23-12 at the half.
The ’Canes dominated the second half by shutting out the Braves and adding 25 extra points, including touchdowns by Cory Raposo and a fumble recovery run back for the touchdown by Farouk Musa.
The win leaves Hamilton with a perfect 3-0 record in the Ontario Football Conference. Burlington’s record drops to 2-1.
In the ’Canes three games, they have outscored their opponents 147-36.
The Hurricanes will visit the undefeated Windsor AKO Fratmen on Saturday, Sept. 7.