Tigers fall to Hurricanes
October 2, 2017
By Bradley Collins
Charlottetown, PE – The Holland College Hurricanes men’s football team avenged last season’s championship loss by winning their second consecutive road game defeating the Dalhousie Tigers 46-28 on Saturday, Sept. 30 in Halifax.
‘Canes quarterback Brady Crowe threw for almost 200 yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone. Cole Brydges had an excellent day receiving, catching three touchdowns. Running back, Andre Goulbourne, had another strong game on the ground, with over 130 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Head coach Ross Young says he was very happy and proud of the players for the way they played and prepared all week, and of the coaching staff for the decisions they made during the game.
“We beat a very good football team today.”
On a cold, sunny day, the first quarter started slowly for the Hurricanes. The Tigers came out with a strong running game and went up 3-0 with about nine minutes left. The ‘Canes struck back quickly with a 30-yard run by Goulbourne, finished off with a 17-yard touchdown catch by Brydges, putting the Hurricanes up 7-3 by the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Tiger’s started getting into penalty trouble and the Hurricanes defense stuffed the Tiger’s running game with some great tackling. ‘Canes QB Crowe threw a beautiful 50-yard touchdown pass down the middle of the field to Samuel Valerie. They added a two-point conversion, putting the ‘Canes up 15-3 with eight minutes left.
The Tiger’s came back with a touchdown making it 15-10. On the next ‘Canes possession, Crowe completed another crucial 55-yard pass to Thomas MacKenzie, giving them great field position. Crowe then went to Brydges again for a touchdown putting the ‘Canes up 22-10 with two minutes left. AJ Fields recovered a Tiger’s fumble, giving the offense another shot before the end of the half with another 43-yard touchdown pass from Crowe to Tyler Majuary, putting the ‘Canes up 29-10 to end the half.
In the third quarter, the ‘Canes ran the ball down the field on their first possession, with Goulbourne looking like he was shot out of a cannon. He finished the drive with a rushing touchdown, putting the ‘Canes up 36-10. QB Brennan Davis came into the game relieving Crowe. Shortly after, the Hurricanes defense started getting into penalty trouble, giving the Tiger’s momentum. The Tigers responded with 15 unanswered points making it 36-25 with three minutes left. ‘Canes safety Dennis Brown stopped a Tiger’s drive with an interception late in the quarter.
The fourth quarter started with a Tiger’s field goal, making it 36-28. The ‘Canes came back by running the ball with Goulbourne down the field again with nine minutes left. The defense stepped up and stopped a Tigers drive deep in the Tigers’ zone. Davis later completed a two-yard touchdown pass to Brydges with a little over six minutes remaining putting them up 43-28. On the next Tigers’ possession, they went for it on third down and it was stopped by a diving interception by Brydges. The ‘Canes defense started to swarm the Tigers QB. A pass was batted down and recovered by the ‘Canes with a little over two minutes left in the game.
Davis, who already had a great day punting and kicking, added another field goal, making the score 46-28 with a minute left, sealing the victory for the Hurricanes.
After the game, QB Brady Crowe said he has thrown four touchdowns in a game, but not in one half.
“It was good. We had a really good game. We played well and I’m happy with how our team did.”
Coach Young said all in all, it was a hard-nosed football game and in the end the ‘Canes showed their character.
“We’re finding the soul of this football team. It was an important game for the players. We beat the reigning champs on their home field.”