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 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.