Holland College Hurricanes
The UNB Fredericton Red Bombers went on a 28-0 run in the second quarter to beat the Holland College Hurricanes 44-29 in Atlantic Football League action Saturday night in Fredericton, N.B.
The two teams are now 1-3.
“We had built too big a hole to get out of,” said Hurricanes’ head coach Mark MacDougall. “Hopefully we can get to where both the offence and defence can put a complete game together.”
Midway through the first quarter, the Hurricanes took an early 7-0 lead, scoring on rushing touchdown by running back Quinton Mitchell.
Two minutes later, quarterback Christian Hackney found wide receiver Jeff Hillier for an 11-yard touchdown grab after a Bombers fumble, extending their lead 15-1.
However, the Hurricanes lead was shortlived.
Bombers quarterback Brendan Cornford and wide receiver Mitch McCoy took over in the second quarter as UNB racked up 28 unanswered points in just 13 minutes.
“Our blocking was unreal, the quarterback had tons of time,” said McCoy. “We were throwing deep balls and without the blocks up front, we can’t throw it deep. In the second quarter our guys couldn’t be stopped on the ground and that just opened up the pass game completely.”
McCoy’s 46-yard catch leading to a three-yard run for the score turned the tide.
A minute and a half later, the Bombers scored again on the quarterback keeper after a Hurricanes miscue, evening the score at 15 apiece.
With five minutes remaining in the half, Cornford connected with McCoy on 39- and 40-yard touchdown receptions.
The Bombers pushed ahead 29-15 at the half.
The Hurricanes’ defence regained its form in the third quarter, keeping the Bombers off the scoreboard.
The Hurricanes would cut into the lead 29-22 when Hackney found Hillier for a five-yard touchdown before the end of the quarter.
Late in fourth quarter, the Hurricanes carried the ball down the field with ease on an extended drive.
Running back Jordan Blizzard led the way with runs of nine, 10 and 30 yards, but it was to no avail as a fumble would end the drive, leading to a Bombers score on the following
possession and making it 36-22.
The Hurricanes refused to go down without a fight, though, as Hillier’s strong game continued.
Again, Hackney found his favourite target of the night for the score.
Hillier hauled in his third touchdown, this one a 38-yarder to trim the lead 36-29.
With 2:30 left in the game, the Hurricanes needed a stop.
But the game finished in the same way the Bombers’ run started, with a McCoy reception.
McCoy’s 55-yard catch and run made it 44-29, ending any hopes of a Hurricane comeback.
The Hurricanes will now turn their attention to the UNB Saint John Seawolves on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place.
The Seawolves defeated the Hurricanes 38-34 in their last meeting.