This past weekend brought some good news and some bad news in Hamilton football.
The good news is that the Varsity Ti-Cats three Ontario Football Conference teams recorded wins on the June 18-19 weekend. The bad news is that both Ontario Minor Football League teams were defeated.
OFC VARSITY SOUTH
This was a decidedly defensive affair with the Cats prevailing, 12-3, over Guelph to remain unbeaten at 3-0. The only touchdown in the game resulted from a fumble return to end the first half. Jacob Patten Bothelo’s field goal attempt was wide and on the return Patten Bothelo popped the ball loose. Wyatt Croucher scooped it up and went 5 yards for the touchdown. Patten Bothelo added the convert and also a 35 yard field goal while the defence forced a conceded safety touch. Gabriel Siemieniec accounted for the Gryphons only points with a 25 yard field goal as Guelph’s record dropped to 2-1.
OFC JUNIOR VARSITY SOUTH
The Cats overcame a 22-12 deficit early in the third quarter and scored three unanswered touchdowns to prevail, 33-22, over the Gryphons.
Hamilton scores came from Kyle Samson on an 8-yard catch, Calvin Kelly on a 16-yard run, Daniel Eldridge on a 1-yard plunge and Carter Routledge on a 71-yard gallop that clinched the win. Ethan Bastarache added four converts while the defence forced two conceded safety touches and Max Sherwood added a rouge on a punt.
Guelph was led by Tanner Nelmes’s two touchdown plunges from a yard out and Jack St. Hilaire caught a 5-yard score from Adam Shoemaker. Mathieu Pouch converted those scores and also had a punt rouge.
Tiger Cats move to 2-1 while Guelph goes to 0-3.
OFC BANTAM SOUTH
The Cats kept their record unblemished at 4-0 as they overwhelmed the first year Guelph Bantams, 70-7. Quinn McGregor led the way with four touchdowns while Brayden Kelly and Cody Hutchinson had two majors apiece. Cody MacNamara and Brock Procee Goeree also crossed the goal line as well. Sebastien Mella was 8-of-10 on his convert attempts and the defence forced a safety touch. Alex Male scored and converted the lone Gryphons major as Guelph remains winless at 0-4.
Again, another difficult weekend for both Hamilton OMFL teams. The Bantam squad saw Jacob Horncastle score on runs of 1 and 12 yards and he ran in a two-point convert. But it was not enough as they succumbed to the Orangeville Outlaws, 45-14. Outlaws were led by Brendon Barrow who ran 33, 61 and 87 yards for Outlaw touchdowns. Nathan Falconi added scoring runs of 8 and 87 yards plus an interception return of 55 yards. He also passed to Aiden Murray from 4 yards away. Falconi also booted a convert and ran in for 2 point convert as well.
The Outlaws improved to 4-0 while Hamilton dropped to 1-4.
The Junior Varsity OMFL unit was shut out for the second consecutive week, 40-0 at Orangeville. Game details were not available. Orangeville remains undefeated at 5-0 while Hamilton drops to 1-3.
Action continues this weekend with the OFC Bantam South and Junior Varsity South teams hosting Sarnia June 25 at Ron Joyce Stadium kicking off at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. OFC Varsity South will host the Chatham Kent Cougars also at Ron Joyce Stadium at 7 p.m. The OFC Bantam North lads, who had a bye this past weekend, will bus to St. Michael’s College June 26 for an 11 a.m. contest against the Junior Argos. The OMFL Junior Varsity team will be in St. Catharines June 25 at 4 p.m. to face the Niagara Spears while the OMFL Bantam team will have a bye.