AFL

Holland College Coasts Past Tigers

 

(Photo Credit: Dalhousie Football Club)

By: Henry Whitfield

The League leading Holland College Hurricanes made short work of the Dalhousie Football club in their Atlantic Football League Semifinal on Saturday, beating last year’s second place team 38-7.

Three touchdown’s by Dave Clarke set the tone for the Hurricanes, pounding the running game up the middle with the Tigers unable to shutdown the run game.

Demetrius Ferguson ran a kick-off back and Jeff Hillier scored on a brilliant 60-yard reception on a pass from standout quarterback Nick Hunsley.

The Tigers lone touchdown came from Greg Pelly, who also had a touchdown called back early in the game on an offensive holding call.

In the other semi-final matchup, the UNB Red Bombers squeaked out a come from behind 23-22 win over the defending Champion UNB Saint John Sea Wolves. The Red Bombers won when Evan McAulay slipped in his own endzone, causing his team to concede a single point on the final play of the game.

The Hurricanes will face the UNB Red Bombers on Saturday at 1pm on MacAdam Field, with home field advantage going to Holland College. 

Atlantic Football League Heads to Playoffs

(Photo Credit: Dalhousie Football Club)

(By: Henry Whitfield)

In their final Atlantic Football League regular season game, the Dalhousie Football Club fell behind early to the Saint John Sea Wolves and were unable to claw their way back into the game.

Two touchdowns by running-back Justin Cavan within the first two minutes of the game gave the Sea Wolves the early advantage and the defending AFL Champions refused to let go of the lead, winning 43-29 at the Canada Games Field.

The loss leaves last years runner-up Tigers with a 1-5 record heading into the playoffs, allowing 154 points and scoring just 102 over the six game season.

League leading Holland College Hurricanes (5-1) will host the Dalhousie Tigers (1-5) in the first semi-final matchup and the UNB Fredericton Red Bombers (3-3) will host the UNB Saint John Sea Wolves (3-3) in the other matchup. Both games are hosted this Saturday, with kick off in Charlottetown at 1pm and a 2pm kick-off in Fredericton.

Holland College heads into the playoffs favourites after leading the league points for with 179 and allowing just 111 points against, a stingy defence that has allowed their offence to take over games.

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Monday Morning at 10am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.

Dalhousie Football Team Grinds out a Win

The Tigers came up big in front of their home crowd

(Photo  Credit: Dalhousie Football Team)

By: Henry Whitfield

In front of a sold out home crowd at their first home coming in more than three decades, the Dalhousie Tigers football team improved to 3 – 2 on the season after a 17 – 8 win over the Moncton Junior Mustangs.

A pair of touchdowns and a 28-yard field goal provided the offense for the Tigers and pulled out a big win.

Bouncing back from a devastating loss to the Saint John Sea Wolves, the Tigers defence stood tall and forced seven turnovers, three of them interceptions.

Bryce Wade, defensive captain, returned from injury and delivered a number of devastating hits and added to his season tally with another interception.

On offence running back Greg Pelly ran for 131-yards on twelve carries and added 68 yards receiving, while contributing two touchdowns to the Tigers cause.

The Tigers hit the road for their final regular season game on November 6th, when they face the same Moncton Junior Mustangs. A win there would guarantee the Tigers second place and would mean the Tigers would host their first home playoff game in more than 34-years.

Henry Whitfield is a sports contributor to the Dalhousie Gazette and provides commentary on local sports in and around the HRM. You can follow him on twitter @HenryWhitfield or on his blog, Sports With Henry.