By Bradley Collins
Charlottetown, PE – The Holland College Hurricanes men’s football team hit the road for their second game of the 2017 season and cruised to a 49-0 victory over the UNB Saint John Seawolves on Saturday, Sept. 23.
On a beautiful day in Saint John, the Hurricanes coaching staff’s game plan for the defence fell into place with the team playing tough 3 up, 3down football.
Head Coach Ross Young said the defence took control of the game early on, allowing the Hurricane offence to get to work and do their thing. The defensive line shut down the Seawolves offensive production all game long, Young said.
“The players prepared well, fixed some mental mistakes in their game and executed our game plan against a very gritty Seawolves team.”
Although it was a lopsided victory, the Seawolves running back, Anders Blizzard and linebacker Tim Crawford gave the Hurricanes plenty of challenges to overcome.
The Hurricanes had standout performances on both sides of the ball. The defensive line, led by defensive tackle Brandon Wilson, held and controlled the line of scrimmage and the Seawolves' running game with the defensive secondary knocking down multiple pass attempts.
Wilson had four tackles. Defensive ends Joshua Feaster and AJ Fields had three solo tackles each, and both players came up with a quarterback sack. Defensive tackle Solomon Sarfo-Boateng chipped in with two fumble recoveries and a touchdown. Fullback Cole Hilchie, who shares special team duties, had four solo tackles of his own off Hurricanes kickoffs.
Punter and placekicker Brennan Davis punted for 160 yards and had nine points from one field goal, extra-point conversions and a rouge.
Quarterback Brady Crowe had a great day in the air and on the ground, throwing for 166 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for two touchdowns. Receiver Tyler Majuary had 115 yards receiving and a touchdown, and receiver Cole Brydges had two major blocks leading to Hurricanes scores and cashed in a receiving touchdown himself.
Running back Fernando Fuller rushed for 51 yards and a touchdown, and teammate Andre Goulbourne rushed for 71 yards on the day. Andray Brady also caught a two-point conversion pass helping lead the team to victory.
Young said this game gave the Hurricanes a chance to get all three of their quarterbacks into the game for a share of the action.
“We’re happy with the play of the team on both sides of the ball.”
Up next, the Hurricanes will hit the road again to take on the Dalhousie Tigers on Sept. 30.