Sept 16 Football Report: Niagara Generals; OUA
Niagara Generals player William Gibson is shown in action. Photo by Joze McAlpine.
The Niagara Generals bantam football team pushed its Ontario Football League record to 2-1 with a 65-0 romp over the Burlington Stampeders.
“Our challenge was to keep our composure and maintain discipline during the game,” head coach Jim Storin said. “We have been on the other end of the field in the past and for our boys to step up the way they did and continue to play hard while respecting the game was awesome.
“We have to maintain the intensity as there will be other games that won’t come so easy.”
The victory was a total team effort.
“We had a number of players step up today and raise their game,” he said. “It makes us proud as coaches to see this.”
Niagara’s defence held the Stampeders to only three first downs and recorded a safety in the process. Strong performances were turned in by lineman Landon Tracey, linebacker Brodie Storin, halfback Elijah Jama and cornerback Kieran McDonald.
“Niagara’s offence took their cue and did not let up either,” Storin said.
He singled out the play of offensive linemen Adrian Howe, William Gibson, Liam Liddiard, Liam Grant, Benjamin Vansoelen and Jude Hindi.
“They set the tone and made it possible for our offence to rack up 304 yards rushing and 159 yards in the air and score nine touchdowns.”
Scoring for Niagara were: Clayton Wilen, one rushing and three receiving majors; David Robinson and Francesco Dalla-Valentina, rushing TDs and two-point converts; Cole Haan, Jamie Otis-Hayward and Ethan Barrow, rushing majors; and, Nathaniel McAlpine, three converts and a two-point convert on a run.
Niagara is at Brantford Saturday.
In OFL peewee play, the Niagara Generals dropped a hard fought 42-39 decision to the Guelph Gryphons.
“We need to tighten up our defence, but we will make our adjustments and come back stronger,” peewee head coach Bruce Macrae said. “A small team makes a tired team and a proud coach.”
For Niagara: Ezekiel Langendoen rushed for more than 100 yards and scored five majors and Cameron Macrae ran for 75 yards and had two converts.
“Our defence fell short, but not for a lack of effort by many boys who did not leave the field,” Bruce Macrae said.
Jacob Leon recovered an on-side kick for Niagara and Nicholas MacKinnon recorded a fumble recovery.
Western 40 Carlton 23
St. Francis grad Antonio Valvano caught six passes for 65 yards, including a six-yard TD grab to help Western (3-0) defeat Carleton 40-23.
Cole Majoros (Lakeshore Catholic) had four receptions for 23 yards for Western. On defence, Jake Andrews (A.N. Myer) recorded three solo tackles and one assisted tackle.
For Carleton (1-2), Sandor Mod (Notre Dame) contributed two solo tackles and one assisted tackle and Josh Ferguson (Sir Winston Churchill) caught a nine-yard pass.
Guelph 39 Waterloo 13
A.N. Myer alumnus Tre Ford completed 18 of 29 passes for 301 yards and had nine carries for 72 yards but it wasn’t enough as Waterloo (2-1) fell 39-13 to the Guelph Gryphons (3-1)
Also for Waterloo, Rushon Dagelman (A.N. Myer) had three catches for 40 yards and two kick returns for 27 yards. Justin Succar (Notre Dame) had one kick return for 10 yards for Waterloo.
For Guelph, Jordan Terrio (Saint Paul) had two receptions for 46 yards and a 41-yard punt return.
Queen’s 15 Windsor 8
Anthony Federico had one solo tackle, four assisted tackles and a half sack to help Queen’s (1-3) record a 15-8 victory over Windsor (1-3).
Among the Saint Michael graduate’s tackles, 1.5 were for losses.