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Sarnia Imperials Win in Oakville
July 20, 2015

They did it again. Ryan Lounsbury caught his third touchdown of the game, this time from 18 yards out with 2:30 left, as the Sarnia Imperials came back to defeat the Oakville Longhorns 31-30 Saturday night at Bronte Athletic Park in NFC Football League action.

The win improved the Imperials record to 5-2, with four of those wins being come from behind victories within the final two and a half minutes.

Lounsbury opened the games scoring catching a 22 yard touchdown from quarterback Pat Wright five minutes into the first quarter. After Oakville answered back, Wright found slotback Brad Churchill for a 78 yard touchdown pass to put the visitors ahead. Oakville again answered to get within 2, but it wasn’t for long as Wright again found Lounsbury for a touchdown, this time from 12 yards out. Kevin Allaer booted a 49-yard field goal as time expired to end the first half to leave the Imperials up 24-18 heading into the locker room.

The Longhorns scored two unanswered touchdowns to go up 30-24, but after two catch and runs by running back Terry Mauldin, the Imperials scored the go ahead touchdown that put them ahead for good. After a long kickoff by Kevin Allaer and special teams tackle by Dalton Cooper pinning the Longhorns at their own 2, the Imperials defence stopped the Longhorns around midfield to secure the win.

“We’ve played a lot of close games this year that have come down to the wire where it’s one or two plays that determine the outcome” said quarterback Pat Wright who finished the game 18-24 for 312 yards and 4 touchdowns while also adding 55 yards on the ground.

“All 12 guys remain calm when we’re driving to win the game and everyone knows their responsibilities. In the huddle we have that ‘here we go again’ mentality and thus far, we’ve been on the right side of most of these close games.”

The Imperials played the game in honour of John Cooke, long time Imperials fan and father of Imperial Floyd Graham’s fiancée Jessica, who passed away Wednesday.

“Floyd played the game with a heavy heart and for him and Jess to make the trip, it was awesome.”

The Imperials return home Saturday to face the Sault Steelers at Alix Field at Norm Perry Park. With an Imperials win, they will clinch their first ever west division title. They can also clinch with a loss and Steel City Patriots loss.

Kickoff is at 7:00 and youth 12 and under get in for free.







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