It was a great day to be a Bomber on Sunday (Nov. 17) as the Peewee and Bantam Hamilton Minor Football Association Minor Development teams from Stoney Creek won championships in Ontario Varsity Football League play at St. Thomas More Field.
The Peewee final was a white-knuckle affair with the game in doubt right to the end but the Bombers prevailed 42-36 over the Toronto Jets thanks to a Jared Riley touchdown with six minutes left. Owen Silverthorne added the convert.
Scoring touchdowns for the Bombers besides Riley were Owen Silverthorne (three TDs), Riley MacEwan and Jonah Gray. Silverthorne was named the offensive player of the game while Riley was the defensive star.
And the Bantam finale was no less dramatic. Matt Condello scored a rushing touchdown from five yards to give the Bombers a 26-7 lead early in the fourth quarter against the Westdale Eskimos. But Westdale’s Everton Frost rushed for majors of 67 yards and four yards – his second and third touchdowns of the game – to quickly close the gap before time ran out: The final score was Stoney Creek, 26, Westdale 19.
Condello scored two touchdowns for the Bombers and Jaylen Slater took a pass from Adam Jankowski for a 99-yard major. ONeil Lynch earned eight points for the Bombers on kicks. Besides Frost’s three TDs, Westdale also scored on a Julian Rettura kickoff rouge. Slater and Frost were named offensive stars and the game and Grant Campbell, of the Bombers, and Tristan Phipps, of the Eskimos, were named defensive players of the game.
In the Atom championship, the East Mountain Lions kept the title in Hamilton, toppling the Toronto Jets 25-13.
Scoring touchdowns for the Lions in their win were Max Barber, Liam Gibson, D’Mitri Duffield and Joseph Saturnino. Barber, who also kicked a convert, was named the Lions’ offensive star. Ben Elsliger earned the defensive award for the Lions.
The Peewees also had a Consolation Final, with the East Hamilton Stamps scoring twice in the final quarter to defeat the West Mountain Riders 12-7.
Billy Laing scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in the East Hamilton win while Eric Faubert scored on a 95-yard run for the Riders. Thomas Saab got the running convert for the Riders’ other point. Faubert was named offensive player of the game for the Riders. T.J. Richardson got the offensive honours for the Stamps while Laing was named the team’s top defensive player.
HWFA Jr. Ticats seasons ended at semi-finals
In OVFL rep playoff games played Nov. 10, the HMFA’s Jr. Ticats lost 26-24 to Niagara in a Peewee semi-final played in St. Catharines to close out their season.
The Bantams from the HMFA also made the OVFL semi-finals where they lost 38-28 to Toronto in a game played at St. Thomas More in Hamilton.