A 32-19 decision has made the Stoney Creek Steelers/Braves the Central Ontario Minor Football League AA Atom champions.
Stoney Creek turned back the Halton Hills Crimson Tide at Toronto’s Esther Shiner Stadium on Saturday (Nov 9).
When the two teams met in the regular season, Stoney Creek easily handled the Tide, 43-6, a result not forgotten on Halton. They stormed out of the gate, scoring a touchdown on their first possession with a 15-yard run by their quarterback.
But it didn’t take Stoney Creek long to respond as QB Josh Omojofo took the first snap, rounded the corner and was off for a 50-yard touchdown gallop to tie the game 6-6.
Halton responded with a big drive resulting in another major. The Tide tacked on a extra point for the 13-6 lead but on the ensuing possession, Omojofo once again found a hole in the defense and scampered for a 45-yard TD to end the first quarter trailing, 13-12.
The Steelers/Braves defense finally stepped up to open the second quarter with a huge stand stopping Halton in its tracks. On the following series, running back Yohan Tshimbalaga sparked the team with a nifty 30-yard run highlighted by a nasty spin move up the sideline. This set the stage for another Omojofo major, this one of 18 yards. Tshimbalaga ran in the extra point for the Steelers/Braves first lead of the game 19-13.
With time winding down on the half, the Crimson Tide marched the ball all the way down to the 20 yard line before turning the ball over on downs, leaving the Steelers/Braves with enough time to only get off one more play. Unfortunately for the Tide, one more play was all that was needed as Omojofo capped off an amazing first half of play taking the sweep 80 yards for his fourth major of the half. This sent the teams to the break with the Steelers/Braves ahead 25-13
As if ending the half in such a spectacular fashion wasn’t enough, Omojofo took the opening kickoff back 65 yards for an incredible fifth touchdown of the game. The Tide managed another major to narrow the score to 32-19.
After Stoney Creek turned the ball over on the one yard line the, Tide had another chance to pull even closer. The Steelers/Braves D-line, however, took matters into their hands and made crucial running play stops led by Angus Graham and Jakob Breukelman. This series included a huge stop for a loss on fourth down. All that was left was for Stoney Creek to take a few knees and the celebration to start.
Quarterback Josh Omojafo was named MVP of the game on the strength of his five touchdown performance.