London Beefeaters 17 Hamilton Hurricanes 8
The Beefeaters met the Hamilton Hurricanes in Brantford in one of the OFC Semi-Final games on Saturday and, after a sluggish offensive start in the first half, came back to defeat the Canes 17-8. Hamilton had the only points in the first 30 minutes, hitting two field goals to go into the halftime up 6-0.
London earned 2 points on a safety in the third quarter on a bad snap by Hamilton on 3rd down near the Canes goal line.
Down 6-2 going into the final frame, the Beefs put up 15 points on two touchdowns and a rouge. Hamilton’s only points of the half came on a fourth quarter conceded safety. The Beefs’ first touchdown came on a 10- yard pass from quarterback Jake Pow to Daniel Jaffe (#81) at the 3:42 mark of the final frame. Leo Centeno (#80) converted and the Beefs were up 9-6.
A missed London field goal at the 10:39 mark of the final frame upped the score to 10-6. With 1:27 left in the game and the ball deep in the Beefeaters end of the field, the Beefs conceded a safety to make the score 10-8.
The defense, that had played well all game, held the Hurricanes on third down and the ball was turned over to the Beefs.
As time ran down, the Beefs moved deeper into the Hamilton side of the field. On a perfectly executed fake handoff to Tazie Vang-Bell that had the Hamilton defenders totally focused on him, quarterback Jake Pow (#10) scampered 15 yards into the endzone for the final score.
Leo Centeno converted again and the final score was 17-8 in a great defensive battle.