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Football ‘Canes send message to playoff opponents

The Holland Hurricanes men’s football team hosted the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Red Bombers in Atlantic Football League (AFL) regular season play on Saturday night at the Terry Fox Sports Complex in Cornwall; it was the final regular season game of 2021.

Saturday’s game was also a preview of the AFL semi-final matchup taking place next Saturday, October 30 in Fredericton between the two teams; UNB as the second seed and the ‘Canes entering at number three.

The Hurricanes had entered the game at 2-3, while UNB entered at 4-1; the Red Bombers had won the previous meeting with the ‘Canes, a September 19 win in Fredericton by a score of 43-8.

Saturday night’s game under the lights, with a light shower beginning just prior to kickoff, did not begin how the Hurricanes would have liked it.  Two first-quarter touchdowns by UNB had them ahead 14-0 early.

The second quarter, after starting out slow, turned chaotic as the first half ticked away.  The ‘Canes got on the board with a rouge after a missed field goal, then regained possession deep in UNB territory after a fumble on the kick return.  Brian Fitzgerald would eventually make the reception deep in the end zone and the passing touchdown would close the UNB lead to 14-8.

UNB would bounce back and score with 30 seconds remaining in the first half, but the ‘Canes were not done yet.  Marching down the field, Jake Richards and Cameron Wall connected for a passing touchdown as time expired, entering the halftime break with UNB ahead, 21-15.

The ‘Canes carried their momentum over to the second half, scoring with 8:42 remaining in the third quarter when Christian Desreux scored a rushing touchdown, pushing Holland College ahead 22-21.

The scoring continued when Brian Fitzgerald scored on a punt return with 7:19 remaining in the third, moving the ‘Canes ahead 29-21, followed by a Desreux rushing touchdown with 9:42 in the game, giving the Hurricanes the 38-21 lead. 

UNB would score once more in the final minute, bringing the score to 38-29, which is where it would end.

The victory improved the Hurricanes record to 3-3 on the season, while the Red Bombers dropped to 4-2. These two teams will meet on Saturday in Fredericton in AFL semi-final action, while the Dalhousie University Tigers (5-1) and University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves (0-6) will meet in the other semi-final.

For more information on the Atlantic Football League, visit www.atlanticfootball.co.

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Monday, October 25, 2021