It was a split for the Summer Stampeders as they wrapped up the home portion of their 2016 Ontario Football Conference schedule July 17.
The Hamilton Varsity Cats avenged their loss to Burlington from the previous week scoring with 45 seconds remaining to earn a 20-17 win and hand the Varsity Stampeders their first loss of the season.
The finish was exciting for all in attendance as there were two majors scored in the last minute and a half to decide the issue. Stamps led 5-0 at the half on a conceded safety touch and a 33-yard Patrick Whelan field goal. Hamilton got on the score sheet in the third frame from a pair of 41-yard field goals from Jacob Patten Bohtelo.
Connor Carusello and Tyson Middlemost hooked up on a 22-yard pass-and-run to give the Cats their first lead early in the fourth quarter. Dominic Mandalfino plunged in from a yard out with 1:10 remaining and on the ensuing possession, Carusello moved the Cats 60 yards in four plays hooking up with Jonah McArthur Bolton from 10 yards out for the winning score. Both teams sport 6 – 1 records, but, should they remain tied after the last week of regular season action, Stamps have the tie breaker based on fewer points allowed in the two contests between the two clubs.
Stamps kept their record unblemished as they overwhelmed an undermanned Hamilton side, 48-7. Once again Nathan Langley led Stampeders with three scores that came via runs of 54 yards and one yard plus an 18-yard scoring reception. Brendan Day caught scoring passes of 50 and six yards from Connor Irwin Lewis who plunged in from a yard out.
Nikita Buzynskyy booted six converts and added a punt single and Hamilton conceded a safety touch to round out the Burlington score sheet. Hamilton’s lone score came via a Janiel Gordon 90-yard interception return that was converted by Sam Richardson. Stamps move to 7-0 on the season while Hamilton drops to 5-2.
A see-saw game that had the teams matching scores until the last 2:34 when the Cats counted 20 unanswered points to prevail 48-28 and clinch first place in the Bantam South Division.
Hamilton was led by Brayden Kelly (22, 1 and 30 yard runs) and Juwuan Smith (5 and 53 yard runs). Pivot Rexton Harper hooked up with Owen Vernon (20 yards) and Brock Procee Goeree (68 yards) for the other Cats majors with Sebastien Mella good on 6-of-7 converts.
Liam Keary led Stampeders with touchdown runs of 41 and 21 yards plus a one yard plunge from Keegan Hall and Sito Tomas Berrio from two yards out. Ved Hatolkar converted all four scores. The loss, Stamps first in four seasons, dropped them to 6-1-1 and they await the result of the Chatham Kent at Sarnia game this weekend to determine their post season seeding.
The Pee Wee side ran into a hot Sarnia Sturgeon unit and ended up dropping a 42-8 decision to the visitors. Abdul Abdelaziz had Stamps lone score in a 51-yard run with Nicholas Canapini catching the 2 point convert pass.
Joseph Edlington (6 yard run and 55 yard reception), Joshua Hilsdon (2 yard and 40 yard catch) paced the Sturgeon. Other Sarnia scores came from Orion Vasquez (20 yard run) and Logan Taylor (10 yard catch) with Josh Foulis running in two 2 point converts.
Sturgeon finish the season at 4-3 while Stamps drop to 2-5 and a sixth place finish in the Pee Wee circuit.
Regular season action concludes this coming weekend with the Varsity squad trekking to Peterborough Saturday (July 23) to tangle with the Wolverines kicking off at 5 p.m. Junior Varsity look to wrap up an undefeated regular season campaign as they travel to London to take on Forest City at 11 a.m. The Bantams await the post season with a bye while the Pee Wee squad concludes their season at Champ Day in Georgetown Sunday facing the Vaughan Rebels to start the day’s action at 10 a.m. That game will be played at Christ the King CSS.