Hurricanes unable to capitalize on chances in loss
Turnovers killed the Holland College Hurricanes in losing the Atlantic Football League final 14-7 to the UNB Red Bombers Saturday in Fredericton.
"For the second year in a row, we were in the championship game in a very competitive league," said team president Mike O'Grady. “The Red Bombers are a very deserving champion and they have our respect and our congratulations.”
Turnovers plagued the Canes from their opening drive.
Chucky Ortiz returned the opening kickoff to the UNB 10-yard line, but the ball was fumbled on the next play with the Bombers recovering.
It was the first of five turnovers in the first half.
Ortiz, who had three long returns in the first quarter, went down with a knee injury and was hobbled for the rest of the contest.
UNB quarterback Brendan Cornford found former Acadia receiver A.J. Durling on a 75-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring in the second quarter.
The Hurricanes tied it on their best drive of the night before the end of the first half. Quarterback Nick Hunsley connected with Luke Williams and Leslie Greene for consecutive first downs, followed by a 67-yard run by Jordan Blizzard, who dragged defenders with him across the goal-line.
Durling returned the ensuing kickoff to the Holland College 28-yard line and the lanky receiver hauled in a pass in the corner of the end zone to put UNB up 14-7.
The defences took over in the second half.
The Hurricanes threatened to score late in the fourth, but their drive was halted when Hunsley was sacked on a third-and-short situation on the UNB 30-yard line.
Holland College’s defence gave them another opportunity in the final minute.
With the clock ticking down, a scrambling Hunsley attempted to find an open receiver in the end zone, but was intercepted ending any hopes of a comeback.
Blizzard, who ran for 138 yards on 20 carries, was the APM offensive player of the game while cornerback Garvin Cius, who led the team in tackles, received the defensive honours.