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Hurricanes can’t overcome second quarter storm, lose 44-29 to Red Bombers

October 6, 2013

By Thomas Becker

Charlottetown, PEI – The Holland College Hurricanes couldn’t overcome a 28-0 run by the UNB Fredericton Red Bombers in the second quarter of Atlantic Football league action Saturday night at the BMO Centre in Fredericton.

The Hurricanes fell to 1-3 after losing the match 44-29 to the defending champions.

Midway through the first quarter the Hurricanes took an early 7-0 lead, scoring on rushing touchdown by running back Quinton Mitchell. Two minutes later, quarterback Christian Hackney found wide receiver Jeff Hillier for an 11-yard touchdown grab after a Bombers fumble, extending their lead 15-1.

However the Hurricanes lead was short lived. Bombers quarterback Brendan Cornford and wide receiver Mitch McCoy took over in the second quarter. In 13 minutes UNB racked up 28 unanswered points.

“Our blocking was unreal, the quarterback had tons of time. We were throwing deep balls and without the blocks upfront we can’t throw it deep. In the second quarter our guys couldn’t be stopped on the ground and that just opened up the pass game completely,” McCoy said.

McCoy’s 46-yard catch leading to a three-yard run for the score turned the tides. A minute and a half later the Bombers scored again on the quarterback keeper after a Hurricanes miscue, evening the score 15 apiece. With five minutes remaining in the half, Cornford connected with McCoy on 39 and 40 yard touchdown receptions. All of a sudden the Bombers pushed ahead 29-15 at the half.

The Hurricanes defence regained their form in the third quarter, keeping the Bombers off the scoreboard. The Hurricanes would cut into the lead 29-22, when Hackney found Hillier for a 5-yard touchdown, before the end of the quarter.

Late in fourth quarter, the Hurricanes carried the ball down the field with ease on an extended drive. Running back Jordan Blizzard led the way with runs of nine, 10 and 30 yards on the drive. But it was to no avail, a fumble would end the Hurricanes drive, leading to a Bombers score on the following possession, making it 36-22.

The Hurricanes refused to go down without a fight as Hillier’s strong game continued. Again, Hackney found his favourite target of the night for the score. Hillier hauled in his third touchdown, this one a 38-yarder, trimming the lead 36-29.

With 2:30 left in the game the Hurricanes needed a stop. But the game finished in the same way the Bombers run started, with a McCoy reception. McCoy’s 55-yard catch and run made it 44-29, ending any hopes of a Hurricane comeback.

“We had built too big a hole to get out of. Hopefully we can get to where both the offence and defence can put a complete game together,” said Hurricanes head coach Mark MacDougall.

The Hurricanes will now turn their attention to the UNB Saint John Seawolves on Sunday, October 13 at the UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place. The Seawolves defeated the Hurricanes 38-34 in their last meeting.

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