SMAA Football began another season Saturday September 12 with a fill slate
of games at Norm Perry Park. All teams sported new uniforms that stood out
and made the teams look fantastic.
The Atom Division were first on the field. The Robinson Design and Drafting
Razor Claws overcame an 18-12 halftime deficit to prevail over the Metcalfe
Photography Shock Wave 36-30. A key to the Razor Claws scoring was their
balanced attack with 5 players counting majors. Travis Kozak led the winners
with 2 touchdowns with individual scores by Mark Pack, Reese Baumgartner,
Mason Broer and Chayton VanBarneveld. The Shock Wave played hard all game
and were rewarded by a pair of touchdowns from Devondray Rose and Carter
Pagano. Hunter Willman also crossed the goal line for the Shock Wave.
The other Atom Division game was very close for a while as the teams were
knotted at 12, before the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62 Iron Hides pulled
away with 3 unanswered touchdowns for a 30-12 victory over the Sarnia
Lakeshore Optimist Inferno. Nathan Tremblay took the rock to the house twice
for the Inferno scores. Parker Wyant and Josh Manning each had a pair of
touchdowns for the Hides with Jack Vozza scored their fifth touchdown.
In the first PeeWee game, the Sarnia Lakeshore Optimists Vortex scored early
and often on route to a 24-0 victory over the Vidal Pharmacy Raiders. Tyler
Hopwood, a first year PeeWee, was a one man wrecking crew, scoring all 24
points in the first half, on touchdown runs of 7, 11, 24 and 28 yards. Both
defenses came up big in the scoreless second half. Zach McCabe many many
fine open field tackles for the Raiders.
In the second PeeWee game, the BrownStones Sky
Fire downed the Lanxess Avengers 20-6. The Sky Fire scored first on a 5 yard
run by Gracin Rogers. A convert by Josh Bastos increased the lead to 8-0.
The Avengers were not discouraged and on their next possession a 65 yard run
by Joey Edlington narrowed the lead to 8-6. The Sky Fire counted the only
other major in the first half on a 3 yard run by Alex Cannon for a 14-6 lead
at the break. The second half was a defensive struggle with the only time
the ball crossing the goal line on Cannon's second touchdown, from 18 yards
The first Bantam game resembled a track meet more than a football game with
a total of 74 points being put on the board. The Mammoet Crane Mammoths
opened the scoring on a 7 yard end run by Carter Amaral. The Grizzlies
replied on their next possession with a 42 yard scamper by Avery Smiley as
the teams were tied 6-6 after the first quarter. From then on, the Grizzlies
pulled away and when all the touchdowns were finally scored they had a 50-24
victory. Hudson Laur and Avery Smiley each scored 3 touchdowns and Ethan
Isaac added a single major. Justin Cain was successful on 5 of 7 converts.
Electrifying Aiden Wildfong was responsible for the other 3 touchdowns
scored by the Mammoths on runs of 45, 61 and 90 yards.
The finale was a Bantam game that was in stark contrast to the previous
game. In this match the Mechanical Contractor's Association Toros prevailed
over the Bigras Painting Tiger Sharks 13-6. This tilt was a very hard
hitting defensive struggle. The Toros got on the board first with a 3 yard
run by quarterback Ethan Kerby. The convert was successful on a Kerby to
Ryan Dennis pass. The Sharks responded on a 53 yard run by the powerful
Dylan Hiltz. The half time score was 7-6 Toros. The Toros counted the final
major of the game, in the second half, as time was winding down. Hard
running Joe Rose ran up the middle from 2 yards out to conclude the scoring
in this very competitive game.