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Defence leads Holland College over UNB Red Bombers in semifinal play
Holland College defensive back Max Malo intercepted a pass on his team’s one-yard line with four seconds to play Saturday to seal a 15-10 semifinal victory over the UNB Red Bombers.
The Hurricanes will meet the undefeated Dalhousie Tigers Saturday at 1 p.m. in Halifax in the Atlantic Football League final. Holland College has won the last three championships and has been in the title game the last five years.
“Today, we proved we can beat a great football team on the road,” Hurricanes head coach Ross Young said Saturday in Fredericton, N.B.
Less than two minutes into the second quarter, Hurricanes kicker Liam Carter connected on a 36-yard field goal to give Holland College a 3-0 lead.
A 23-yard run on fake punt by Carter set up the second score of the game. Running back Van Bodden bounced to the outside and scored on a seven-yard touchdown run.
Red Bombers quarterback Pat Mollins concluded a near three-minute drive with a 33-yard touchdown pass to receiver Mitch McCoy.
Holland College led 9-7 at halftime.
The Hurricanes increased their lead to 12-7 in the third quarter on a 33-yard field goal after the defence provided the offence with good field position by stopping the Bombers on third down.
Holland College added a 38-yard field goal to take a 15-7 lead to the fourth quarter.
UNB cut the lead to five with a field goal of their own, but that was as close as it would get.
Compiled by Ryan J. MacEachern