The Stoney Creek Bantam Bombers showed they are in prime form for the upcoming Ontario Varsity Football League Minor Development playoffs with a powerhouse performance in Cambridge on Saturday (Oct. 26).
The Hamilton Minor Football Association squad ran all over the host team, 60-6. Bomber touchdowns were scored by Sam Zamperin, Montez Assai and Adam Jankowski, with converts kicked by Oneal Lynch. Outstanding defensive players included Grant Campbell, Lucas Riley and Jaylen Slatter.
All of the HMFA’s rep and MD teams in three divisions are gearing up for OVFL playoffs this coming weekend after wrapping up the eight-game regular schedule the past two weekends.
In other Bantam MD games played Sunday in Hamilton, the Westdale Eskimos knocked off the East Mountain Lions, 28-6, while the East Hamilton Stampeders blanked the West Mountain Riders, 28-0.
In Peewee MD games, the Stoney Creek Bombers outlasted hosts Cambridge Green, 44-28, on Friday (Oct. 25); the East Hamilton Stamps defeated the Etobicoke Eagles, 25-12, on Sunday (Oct. 27) in Hamilton; and the Toronto Jets topped the East Mountain Lions, 20-14, also in Hamilton on Sunday. The Lions were led by the Santino brothers (Carm and Joseph), Lizaine Welsh, and Logan Walker on defense, and Quayvon Ferron on offense.
The Peewee Bombers finished the season undefeated. Touchdowns were scored by Owen Silverthorne, Tavian Hart, Riley Mcewan and Jared Riley, with three. Defensive stalwarts were Jonah Gray, Dawson Hoover and Owen Sharp.
In Atom MD games, the East Mountain Lions defeated the host Cambridge Gold, 32-20, on Saturday, while Cambridge Green toppled the East Hamilton Stamps, 24-0, in a game played in Hamilton Sunday.
The three HMFA rep teams had byes as they prepared for the playoffs. Visit teamovfl.ca/ovflfall for the playoff schedules for all HMFA teams.
The HMFA celebrated its 50th anniversary in high style with a Halloween-themed dinner dance at Michelangelo’s on Friday (Oct. 25). Special guests were Jarrett Smith, a graduate of the association who went on to play eight seasons in the Canadian Football League and Tom Jackson, Hamilton Ward 5 Councillor. He brought greetings from the City of Hamilton and a certificate honouring the league for its half century of success.