The Sooners have hit the halfway point of the OFC season with a 29-13 win in Burlington, their first victory of the season. The young squad is improving week to week in all phases of the game.
"Our offence went out and played a more complete game,' said coach Matt Murfitt. "They finished a few drives, allowing the defence time on the sideline to catch their breath and make adjustments. The defence responded by going out and having a fantastic game, forcing some turnovers as well."
"Special Teams also played a part for us this weekend," added Murfitt. "They blocked three punts and set up the offence with good field position. We limited their return yardage and added three field goal."
The team was challenged by the coaches after a tough loss in London last week and responded extremely well. Here’s how the Sooners scored their points Saturday night:
• Running back Carl Bernade scores on a one-yard run after his fumble on the preceding play, recovered by Burlington, was wiped out by a Braves offside penalty.
• Quinton Soares kicks a 15-yard field goal following an interception by Sooners’ John Skubic on a pass from Braves quarterback Mickey Trumper .
• Bernade scores his second TD on a six-yard run five plays after teammate Chad Grimonte blocks a punt by Braves’ Mark Milan that gives the Sooners the ball at the Braves 15 yard line.
• Soares kicks a 39-yard field goal after Trumper fumbles the ball at Braves’ 30-yard line.
• Soares kicks another field goal three plays after a Burlington penalty on a punt from the Braves’ own 16-yard-line results puts the ball on the Burlington 19. The points on Braves miscues gave the Sooners a 22-7 fourth quarter lead, which they extended with a clock-eating drive culminating in another short Bernade TD run.
It was the team’s first win of the Ontario Football Conference season, tying the Sooners with the Braves, also 1-3 in league standings. This will be an important week of preparation for Hamilton, undefeated at 4 and 0. "The Hurricanes have some tremendous athletes and are very well coached," Murfitt said. "We will continue to work hard this week and walk on the field Saturday night with the mindset of controlling our own destiny."
The Sooners host Hamilton Saturday night at 7pm. The new grandstand at Keith Harris Stadium will finally be open to Sooners fans for the first time.
With files from the Burlington Post