The Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League are on a 10-game home field winning streak since christening their Tim Hortons Field stadium in September of last year.
So on Sunday, it wasn’t a stretch to think that the big league team’s junior football affiliate squad Hamilton Hurricanes would want to extend the undefeated run of hometown football at the Steeltown venue.
Unfortunately, the visiting Windsor AKO Fratmen had other ideas and defeated the Hurricanes 35-14 in the season opening game of the Ontario Football Conference.
Below, Hamilton running back Jurrell Gaddishaw eludes a Windsor tackler on his way to collecting 44 yards on the ground off of 12 carries. Gaddishaw also ran the ball in for one of Hamilton’s two touchdowns.
The Hurricanes received plenty of support from local fans and even had current Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver and Hurricanes alumnus Matt Coates keeping a watchful eye on his old club and friends on the sidelines by the bench.
Windsor jumped out to an early 17-0 lead on two touchdowns and a field goal while Hamilton struggled to create offensive momentum and field position.
Andrin Masotti managed to pull in seven receptions for a total of 124 receiving yards, below….
Only Trey Gervais managed to catch a TD pass from Hamilton quarterback Jonathon Mataya, below, who threw 232 yards in the air completing 14 of 25 attempts.
It was a scorcher on the field and players took relief with plenty of water, whether they drank it to replensish or used it to keep cool like Farouk Musa, below, a 6’1″ linebacker from Brampton, Ontario. Musa was dominant on the field defensively for the Hurricanes grabbing a game high eight tackles and three assists.
Despite being behind for the whole game, Hamilton players, including defensive end Williams Omiyi below, continued to show emotion and cheer on the players on the field from the sidelines.
But Fratmen quarterback Austin Lumley and his squad were too much for the Hurricanes on this day.