By Bradley Collins
Charlottetown, PE - The Holland College Hurricanes men’s football team won their third consecutive road game by defeating the UNB-Fredericton Red Bombers 30-21 on Saturday, Oct. 7.
‘Canes quarterback Brady Crowe threw for over 250 yards with two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown. Tyler Majuary had 135 receiving with two touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Running back Andre Goulbourne added another threat on the ground with 60 yards rushing and the eventual game-winning touchdown. The defense played well, coming up with four interceptions and a fumble recovery.
The ‘Canes avenged their season-opening loss to the Bombers on the historic college field, which the Bombers hadn’t played on since 1980. It brought the 'Canes record to 3-1, putting them in a tie for the AFL season lead and possible home-field advantage through the playoffs. Head Coach Ross Young said the team played well. They were challenged and they battled.
“There were six or seven big plays we gave up, some for scores. The defense bent but didn’t break. We made some adjustments at the half that were vital, so we could get our offense on the field more.”
On a beautiful, warm fall day the Bombers started off the first quarter with an on-side kick and recovered, and shortly after, went up 7-0. On the next Bomber possession, their punt was blocked and recovered by Adam Shambemiradam, putting the ‘Canes on the Bomber 20-yard line. Crowe ran the ball into the end zone tying the game 7-7, with a little over eight minutes left.
The next Bombers' passing play was intercepted by safety Dennis Brown. Joshua Feaster later made a huge tackle forcing a Bomber turnover on downs. It led to a 75-yard touchdown pass from Crowe to Tyler Majuary, putting the ‘Canes up 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter started with the Bombers getting to the ‘Canes 15-yard line where a pass was intercepted by Colin Trewin in the end zone with 13 minutes left. The Bombers tied the score 14-14 on their next possession. The Bombers tried another on-side kick that was recovered by Jacob Savidant.
With three minutes left in the half, the Bombers fumbled, recovered by Soloman-Sarfo Boateng. With a minute left in the half, the ’Canes had a first and goal on the 10-yard line, leading to another touchdown pass from Crowe to Majuray, putting them up 21-14 to end the half.
The third quarter began with the Bombers tying the score 21-21. The ‘Canes couldn’t really get anything going. They started taking penalties, setting up the Bombers with a first and goal. But, Kirklen Naughler stopped them once and the defense stepped up to stuff the run, forcing a turnover on downs with three minutes left.
The fourth quarter began with a Bombers pass intercepted by Adam Shambemeridan inside the ‘Canes 10-yard line. The turning point in the game came with a missed 34-yard field goal attempt by Davis. But, it went through the end zone, scoring a rouge, putting the ‘Canes up 22-21. The Bombers' running game was smothered by Feaster, A.J. Fields and Brandon Wilson.
A Bombers' passing play was intercepted again by Torriano Curtis, putting the ‘Canes on the Bombers' 10-yard line with a minute left in the game. Davis later kicked what seemed to be the game-winning field goal, but the Bombers were flagged for running into the kicker. It set up the ‘Canes on the one-yard line with under a minute to go. Andre Goulbourne ran in the game-winning touchdown. The ‘Canes added a two-point conversion from Brydges to a wide open Majuray sealing the win, with the final score 30-21.
After the game, Goulboure said that as a child, he always dreamed of scoring the game-winning touchdown.
“The win meant a lot. Getting first-place and possibly having home field through the playoffs will be a good advantage for us.”
Receiver Tyler Majuray, who had great chemistry with Crowe, said the win was huge.
“I really wanted to come out and perform, because the last game I didn’t. There was something about today. I knew it was going to be a good day.”
Young said being on the road for three straight games was a significant challenge for the team to overcome.
“It’s a true test for a young team to show its got character and the will to win.”