Former Holland College Hurricane lineman set to attend Tropical Bowl
Jan. 11, 2017, 1:31 p.m.

By Thomas Becker
Charlottetown, PE -- What does a high school student from Boston do if he wants to pursue a post-secondary education and continue to play football? Choosing to go to Prince Edward Island to attend Holland College might not be the traditional route. But as Vernon Sainvil will tell you as he prepares for the upcoming Tropical Bowl in Daytona Beach, Florida, it’s as good a path as any.

After successful stints with the Holland College Hurricanes and the St. Francis Xavier X-Men, the 6-foot-5, 330-pound offensive lineman from Malden, Massachusetts, is gearing up in preparation for the second annual Tropical Bowl – a Division I College Football All-Star Game that features some of the brightest talents in North ...

Hurricanes fall to undefeated Dalhousie Tigers in AFL championship
Nov. 6, 2016, 5:15 p.m.

By Ryan MacEachern

Charlottetown, PE -- The Holland College Hurricanes were unable to beat the Dalhousie Tigers on the road, falling 29-11 in the battle for the Moosehead Cup in the Atlantic Football League championship game.

The ‘Canes had trouble with their running and passing game, and struggled to hold on the football, resulting in 7 turnovers and a missed chance at a fourth straight championship.

Despite the loss, head coach Ross Young was happy with his team's performance.

“I’m proud of these guys, and the way they came back in the last two weeks.” Said Young

The Hurricanes struggled to bounce back from a rough start to the first quarter and did not lead at any point in ...

Championship preview: Can Hurricanes defy odds to claim fourth consecutive title?
Nov. 4, 2016, 8:40 a.m.

By Thomas Becker

Charlottetown, PE - They accomplished the feat last weekend, but can they do it again?

After upsetting the UNB Red Bombers 15-10 in a defensive showdown, only the juggernaut Dalhousie Tigers stand in the way of the Holland College Hurricanes capturing their fourth consecutive championship.

“Last week we showed exactly what we’re capable of when we play 60 minutes of football,” said head coach Ross Young.

The experienced Tigers return to the championship game following a perfect season, overpowering their opponents at every turn. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, overcame adversity and steadily grew as a unit to earn a spot in this year’s finale.

“It’s a big task. We’re playing against a great football team ...

Hurricanes top the UNB Red Bombers 15-10 to advance to the AFL Championship
Oct. 30, 2016, 1:22 p.m.

By Ryan J. MacEachern

Charlottetown, PE - 
In a game that came down to the last play, the Holland College Hurricanes defence stood tall and came away with a 15-10 victory.

The Red Bombers put up a competitive fight but the Holland College defence was too much for the Bombers to handle.

Confidence is riding high for head coach Ross Young and his team after a hard fought semi-final victory.

“Today we proved we can beat a great football team on the road.” said Young.

Each team struggled to put points on the board on a cool, wet afternoon in Fredericton’s BMO Centre. The game was ruled by defence with both units limiting plays and forcing turnovers at an astounding ...

Stopping the run: Hurricanes prepare for semifinal battle against Red Bombers
Oct. 27, 2016, 3:12 p.m.

By Thomas Becker

Charlottetown, PE - Turner Sturgeon and Jesse Hazell are two names the Hurricanes would rather forget about. But in order to advance to the Atlantic Football League (AFL) finals, Holland College will have to stop UNB’s two-headed monster at running back.

“The big challenge is to shut down 22 (Sturgeon) and 10 (Hazell) and force UNB to go to the air,” said Hurricanes head coach Ross Young. “If we can do that, we’ll give ourselves a chance.”

That’s the scenario the Hurricanes face heading into semifinal action this Saturday when they square off against the University of New Brunswick Red Bombers.

“We’re feeling good,” Young said. “We played well on their turf last time ...

Hurricanes drop third in a row in last game of regular season
Oct. 23, 2016, 5:32 p.m.

By Thomas Becker

Charlottetown, PE - The Dalhousie Tigers remained perfect on the season, defeating the Holland College Hurricanes 33-7 Saturday afternoon at UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place.

Former Hurricane Nick Hunsley put on a show, throwing touchdown passes to three different receivers while finishing the game 14-for-21 with 290 yards for the Tigers.

“Hunsley had one of the best games of his career,” said Tigers head coach Mark Haggett. “He’s one of our leaders offensively and he stepped up in a big way.”

The Hurricanes struggled to match the efficiency of the Tigers offence, scoring just one touchdown, set up by punter Liam Carter who faked a punt and ran it 75 yards down field. Van Bodden then finished ...

Hurricanes hope to gain momentum as playoffs loom
Oct. 21, 2016, 8:25 a.m.

By Thomas Becker

With the postseason seeding already determined, the Holland College Hurricanes are hoping to use Saturday’s game against the Dalhousie Tigers as an opportunity to build momentum heading into the playoffs.

In the final showdown of the regular season, the Tigers come into Charlottetown with a perfect record on the line, while the Hurricanes look to erase their two-game slide.

“Each week is an important learning experience to see how far we progress,” said head coach Ross Young. “Our goal this weekend is to gain momentum for the playoffs.”

The two teams last met in a Week 4 matchup where the Tigers put together a lopsided win, defeating Holland College 49-8. In that game, the Hurricanes scored ...

Red Bombers earn home field advantage with 14-0 win over Hurricanes
Oct. 16, 2016, 6:39 p.m.

By Thomas Becker

Charlottetown, PE - The UNB Red Bombers have clinched home field advantage in the semifinals with a 14-0 win over the Holland College Hurricanes Saturday afternoon.

Coming into the game, the two teams were in a second-place deadlock before UNB Fredericton came to Charlottetown and spoiled the party.

“This is huge for us,” said Red Bombers head coach Dan McCullough. “There were a lot of long faces this morning getting up to come here. We didn’t want to make this road trip again.”

Similar to the Week 2 matchup in Fredericton, UNB’s ground game paid dividends, as the running back tandem of Turner Sturgeon and Jesse Hazell pounded the football down the field, gathering yards in ...

Hurricanes return home, aim to secure home field advantage in first round of playoffs
Oct. 13, 2016, 10:35 p.m.

By Thomas Becker

Both teams have a lot to play for on Saturday.

After losing in Halifax last weekend, the Holland College Hurricanes fell in a tie for second place with the UNB Red Bombers, setting up an important meeting between the two squads at MacAdam Field.

“This game is significant for our team,” said head coach Ross Young. “We’re playing for home field advantage when the playoffs start.”

Despite sharing 2-2 records, the Hurricanes are confident they can come away with a win when it matters most.

“We’re treating this game like the playoffs. The players know what’s at stake.”

It will be the second time the teams met this year. In their first matchup, the ...

Hurricanes fall to Dalhousie Tigers in AFL action
Oct. 9, 2016, 5:48 p.m.

By Ryan J. MacEachern

Charlottetown, PE. October 8, 2016 -- A season of offensive struggles continues for the Holland Hurricanes, who lost to the 4-0 Dalhousie Tigers 49-8 at Wickwire field in Halifax on Saturday.

The last time the Hurricanes faced up against the Tigers, they captured their third straight league championship in a 32-24 nail-biter. In this outing, the Hurricanes offence struggled to put points on the board, finishing the game with only one offensive touchdown and no field goals.

The Hurricanes opened the scoring early in first quarter on a 2-yard rush from Steeve Julien for the first points scored against the Tigers this season. However, the lead would not hold up and the Hurricanes’ offence would be stalled ...