Triple A Atom Ticats save the day


The Hamilton Wentworth Minor Football Association Atom AAA Tiger-Cats continued their dominant season in Central Ontario Minor Football League action this past weekend, thumping the Burlington Stampeders, 45-18.

Atom AAA Week 3
The Atom AAA Tiger-Cats control the ball in weekend action versus the Burlington Stampeders. (Photo: HWMFA)

The Atoms, coached by former Canadian Football League player Joe Sardo went into the game with a 2-0 record after beating Twin Cities (Kitchener-Waterloo) and Toronto to begin the season.

The Burlington Stampeders have been a perennial powerhouse at every age group but the Tiger-Cats had home field advantage at MacRae Fields. The hosts quickly showed Burlington that they were ready and jumped to a 15-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.

The Stamps got on the board in the second quarter, but were visibly frustrated finding themselves on the defensive. The Tiger-Cats, aided by some Stampeders penalties, scored an additional 24 points in the second quarter, and by half-time enjoyed a 39-9 cushion.

The start of the second half saw a fired up Burlington team take the field. They made some adjustments and started the second half in a no-huddle offense. They were able to keep Hamilton Wentworth’s high powered offense in check, and outscored the home team 9-0 in the third quarter.

The Tiger-Cats settled down in the final quarter and held the Stampeders scoreless while adding another touchdown to make the final 45-18.

The star of the game for Hamilton Wentworth was Donovin Milloy with six touchdowns. Sardo is impressed at how well his group of 9 and 10-year-old kids are picking up elements of the game that are not usually taught until high-school ages.

“We have a practice plan at every practice, and these kids are picking up things so quickly we have been able to progress quicker than I had planned. They are a fantastic group of kids, and my coaching staff is having a lot of fun helping them develop.”

Next up for the undefeated Tiger-Cats, are the Guelph Bears who bring a perfect 3-0 record into town. This should be a good test for the Tiger-Cats offence, as Guelph has yet to allow a touchdown in the Bears first three games.

Game day is Sunday (Sept. 22) at noon. See www.hwticats.com for more info.

The Atom’s win was the lone bright spot in the Tiger-Cats slate of seven game on the weekend.

In other AAA games:

HWMFA Peewee AAA Tiger-Cats were shut out by Burlington Stampeders, 32-0.

HWMFA Bantam AAA Tiger-Cats were leading at halftime, but ended up losing to the Vaughan Rebels, 31-21.

In AA action:

HWMFA Tyke1 Tiger-Cats lost to Port Dover Steelheads, 20-6.

HWMFA Tyke2 Tiger-Cats were defeated, 32-7, by the Brantford Bisons.

HWMFA Atom AA Tiger-Cats lost to the Twin Cities Warhawks, 25-13.

HWMFA Peewee AA Tiger-Cats were shut out by the Halton Hills Crimson Tide, 36-0.