SMAA Football Finals

November 8, 2015

The 2015 S.M.A.A. Football season concluded on Saturday November 7, at Norm Perry Park, with championship games in all 3 divisions.

In the Atom Division, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62 Iron Hides took on the Robinson Design and Drafting Razor Claws. The Iron Hides came on to the field ready to play and scored 5 unanswered touchdowns in the first half by Jack Vozza, Josh Manning, Parker Wyant, Ethan Hacker and Tyler Collins.

The second half was far more competitive as the only major was counted by the Razor Claws, on a 2 yard run by Chayton VanBarneveld. The Iron Hides prevailed 30-6.

The Peewee Championship game pitted the BrownStones Sky Fire against the Sarnia Lakeshore Optimists Vortex. Both teams had 7-2 records in the regular season. The Vortex took the lead on a five yard run by Brody Hornett with time winding down in the first quarter. Tyler Hopwood's convert staked them to an 8-0 lead. Speedy Orion Vazquez dashed 50 yards to the end zone in the second quarter for the Sky Fire, reducing the lead of the Vortex to 8-6, a score which held to the half. In the second half the Sky Fire came out a blazing. Josh Foulis put them up on a 9 yard touchdown pass from Josh Hillsdon. Four minutes later Hillsdon counted a major of his own on a 3 yard run. Turnovers plagued the Vortex in the second half when they were mounting their drives. In the fourth quarter Hillsdon's second touchdown opened up an insurmountable 24-8 lead for the Sky Fire that they held till time expired, to claim their crown.

The Bantam Championship featured the Mechanical Contractors Association Toros tackling the Jim Easson/Brian Guenette Exit Realty Grizzlies. Both these teams had a 6-3 regular season record. The Grizzlies took two of the three regular season encounters with the Toros, however the aggregate score in these games was only 88-84 for the Grizzlies. These two teams put on one of the most entertaining, competitive performances seen in a championship game in a long time.


The Toros took the opening kick off and moved the ball down the field on a methodical drive that took all but one play of the first quarter. This drive culminated on a 1 yard quarterback sneak by Ethan Kerby. Zachary Tremblay's convert had the Toros up 8-0.

The Grizzlies responded when Ethan Isaac powered in from the 4 yard line. Justin Cain's convert knotted the game at 8. From then on, the defenses took over, forcing the ball to be turned over on downs on numerous occasions. Brady Gladwish stood exceptionally tall for the Grizzlies as it appeared he was in on almost all his team's tackles.

Regulation time ended with the scored still tied at 8, forcing a shoot out to determine the winner. In this overtime each team would get a possession beginning 25 yards from the goal line. If the score remained tied after these possessions, each team would get another possession. This pattern would continue until a victor is determined.

The Grizzlies had the ball first. Their possession ended on a 19 yard touchdown run by Avery Smiley. Their convert was blocked. The Toros next had their turn with the ball. It seemed like Joe Rose and Kerby took turns carrying the ball as they slowly approached the goal line. Kerby eventually broke the plane on a 1 yard sneak. Zachary Tremblay's convert was successful and the Toros were victorious 16-14.





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