Two Hamilton teams completed undefeated seasons and picked up Ontario Football Conference titles during championship day finales on Saturday (Aug. 9).
The Hamilton Hurricanes second straight unbeaten season earned them their second Varsity Division crown with s 17-7 win over the Huronia Stallions. The Burlington Stampeders did a three-peat, claiming the Bantam championship by beating the Peterborough Wolverines, 49-19.
And in the Junior Varsity Division, the Hamilton Hurricanes won their first summer Junior Varsity banner with a 46-27 decision over the Clarington Knights.
All games were played at McMaster University.
In the Hurricanes’ 17-7 Varsity championship, Hamilton got touchdowns from Quincy Reid and Osayi Iginuan which Caleb Girad converted. He also kicked a field goal which gave Hamilton a 3-0 lead. But a Matt Howe scamper and Devin McGuirk convert put Huronia in front 7-3 to end the first half.
Quarterback Liam Putt’s toss to Reid put Hamilton ahead 10-7 in the third quarter and Iginuan’s two-yard run gave Hamilton the insurance points. Iginuan finished the day with 74 rushing yards from 14 carries. Brandon Bettencourt picked up 47 more yards on five carries and Nicholas Boonstra had 35 yards on nine carries.
For Huronia, Howe had 18 carries for 138 yards.
Leading receiver for the Hurricanes was Emmett Putt, who pulled in four passes for 39 yards, Billy Olds had one for 19 yards and Reid was 3-for-19.
Jesse Alves caught four tosses for 26 yards for the Stallions.
Liam putt completed 10 of 18 passes for Hamilton, with one interception, while his counterpart, Adam Zussino, made 26 passes with 14 successes. He was also intercepted twice.
Hamilton had a combined offence of 309 yards to Huronia’s 255 but the Hurricanes fumbled three times and lost ball possession. The Stallions had no fumbles.
Players of the game were: Offence – Liam Putt; Defence – Steve McNicol, Hamilton; Special Teams – Adam Zussino, Huronia
Junior Varsity second-half offence takes championship
The Junior Varsity tilt saw the Hurricanes overcome a 13-1 deficit by the end of the first quarter and shut down the Clarington Knights the rest of the game for the 46-27 win.
By the end of the first half, Hamilton was up 17-13 and would score 38 unanswered points for the championship.
Hamilton’s offence came from Tyson Middlemost with a pair of touchdowns, while Damian Tesaro, Joseph Tabone, Eric Gaudet (on a 30-yard interception run), and Aksum Polk ( on a 60-yard burst) added single TDs. Kevin Mutuga had four converts with another point from a wide field goal attempt. Hamilton picked up to two, two point safety touches and a single point from a 45-yard Tesaro punt.
Hamilton had an outstanding net offence of 557 yards – 284 rushing and 275 passing, with minus-2 in losses – compared to Clarington’s 145 net yards.
The Hurricanes defence held the Knights ground attack to 60 yards on 19 attempts and the Knights were not able to capitalize on the Hurricanes 18 infractions that cost them 196 yards.
The Hurricanes Tesaro had more than double the entire Knights rushing output. He galloped for 133 yards on 16 carries with Nick Petermann adding another 66 on his 12 tries. Polk grabbed the ball three times and cashed in 62 yards.
Leading the Knights was Anton Oneil with six carries for 25 yards.
Middlemost sparked the receiving corps with 11 catches for 136 yards. Tabone hauled in four passes for 105 yards and Ross Wilkinson had two catches for 24 yards.
For the Knights, Oneil had one catch for 40 yards and Kyle Baronet added 32 yards – and a touchdown- with his one catch.
Hurricanes quarterback Connor Carusello completed 18 of his 29 tosses, three for touchdowns, and one interception. Backup Ryan MacDonald had one pass that was incomplete.
Players of the game were Hurricanes Middlemost, on offence, and Adam Carusello, on defence.