The Hamilton Hurricanes Summer Program Teams took three of four games to open the 2015 Ontario Football Conference Varsity season on the weekend.
The two-time defending champion Varsity unit shutout the Forest City Thunderbirds, 39-0; the defending champion Junior Varsity squad outlasted Forest City 36-26; the Bantam Orange team edged the Thunderbirds, 28-21; but the Bantam Blacks ended up on the wrong end of a 41-28 count to the Huronia Stallions.
The Varsity affair saw two punt return touchdowns and an interception return to the end zone to highlight the contest. Mitchell Garland’s 40 yard pick six started the scoring for the Hurricanes. Clark Adams then followed with an 85 yard punt return followed by Billy Olds who was on the receiving end of a one yard pass from Liam Putt.
Osayi Iginuan plunged in from a yard out and Michael Ciavarella ended the evening with a 95-yard touchdown to the end zone. Jeffrey Beattie booted a 12-yard field goal and was successful on four of five converts to round out the scoring.
Putt was good on 10 of 20 passes for 102 yard while Connor Carusello completed his only pass attempt for 56 yards. Iginuan led the ground attack with 72 yards on 10 rushes.
The Varsity team hits Highway 401 to Chatham Saturday (May 30) for a date with the Wildcats. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Junior Varsity outlasts Forest City
Savaughn Magnaye Jones caught touchdown strikes of 28 and 32 yards from pivot Zack Beno to lead the way for Hamilton in the Junior Varsity contest. Olivier Muembi crossed the goal line from eight yards and two yards and Xavier Masotti hooked up with Beno from 33 yards for a major. Brent Hall added four converts and the defence forced a safety touch.
Tom Cummings ran and caught for majors as well as running for a 2-point convert for Forest City while Tiger Poirier had an 89 yard kickoff return and Noah Johns latched on to a Drew Foster pass from 72 yards.
Muebmi led the ’Canes ground attack with 147 yards on 22 carries. Magnaye Jones was the leading receiving for Hamilton with six catches for 137 yards. Pivot Zack Beno was 13 for 23 and 276 yards with three touchdown tosses. He was intercepted once.
The Junior Varsity next see action in Sarnia vs. the Sturgeon this coming weekend.
Bantam Orange edge Thunderbirds
For the Bantam Orange, Drake Bodi had four receptions for 129 yards and touchdown grabs of 44 and 37 yards to lead Hamilton. Sebastien Masotti caught quarterback Rexton Harper’s other scoring pass from 29 yards out and Austin Talosi plunged in from a yard out. Jaylen Smith converted all four scores.
Benjamin Crombeen rambled 93 yards for a Thunderbird score and finished the contest with 168 yards on 14 carries. Cole Walters ran in from 13 yards and Connor Holborn caught a 42 yard scoring pass from Patrick Murphy. Brad Young booted three converts to round out the scoring.
The Bantam Orange squad hits the road to Chatham for a 1 p.m. kickoff on May 31.
Stallions stall Bantam Black
Huronia quarterback Bradlee Kitchikake made things difficult for Hamilton’s Bantam Black unit. Kitchikake scored on touchdown runs of 26 and two yards and ran for a 2-point convert plus 19 carries for 200 yards to lead the winners. He also completed touchdown passes of 27 and 18 yards to William McCulloch plus a 62 yard strike to Brandyn Talbot and 43 yards to Liam Harrison.
Antonio Bruno led the scoring for Hurricane Blacks with touchdown runs of 18 and 3 yards. Paolo Violi also plunged in from a yard out. Bruno was good on three converts.
The Bantam Black squad treks to Clarington to take on the Knights on May 30 with a 10 a.m. kickoff.