The West Mountain Riders of the Hamilton Minor Football Association knocked off the Cambridge Lions 30-6 in Bantam Ontario Varsity Football League Minor Development play on Sunday (Oct. 20).
In a game played at Mohawk Sports Park, Riders’ quarterback Zack Cassar threw single touchdown passes to Parker Mack and Lucas Pugliese, and running back Anthony Barresi scored two majors on the ground. Matt DeNardis kicked two converts.
Outstanding players for the defense were Justin Williams, Stvon Sormaz, Lucas Destefano, Andrew Ciuffreda and Jake Attard.
In Peewee OVFL MD play, the West Mountain Riders of the HMFA lost 22-0 to Cambridge in a game played in Cambridge the previous day.
Eric Faubert made big plays on both sides of the ball for the Riders while Stephen Palmer was a standout on the offensive line.
Bantam Jr. Ticats clinch first
The HMFA Bantam Jr. Ticats closed out their regular season with a 35-6 win over host Mississauga on Sunday, clinching first place in the Ontario Varsity Football Association rep league.
Liam Cooper, Quinn Mcharge and Eric Czayka supplied standout blocking, opening big holes for running backs Isaac McAlonan, Levar Anderson and Zeke Margaritis.
Quarterback Anthony Pimentel threw three touchdowns passes and passed for 145 total yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Jake Evans had two interceptions and Xavier Hamidu another for the Hamilton team. Notable tough tacklers included Steven MacLeod, Leo Hernandez, Blair Morrissey and Mathew Trombetta.
The Bantam Jr. Ticats now get to rest until the semi-finals, which take place the weekend of November 9.