Another Three Wins Cements Stampeders Atop OFC Standings


Under perfect weather conditions, the Burlington Stampeders continued their winning ways this past Sunday racking up three convincing wins, all against the Forest City Thunderbirds from London, in OFC action at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School.

Bantam Stampeders

The Burlington Bantam Stampeders moved into first place in the Ontario Football Conference with a convincing 33-7 victory over the Forest City Thunderbirds.

Quarterback Brandon Smyk led the offence that generated 194 yards and four touchdowns in just over three quarters. Running backs Michael Parent and Justin Veltri gained 103 and 67 yards respectively, combining for three touchdowns. Parent also caught three passes for two touchdowns and Sam Lewis had two catches for 17 yards. Veltri again stood out with two touchdowns on the half back option play to Parent, surprising the Thunderbird defence.

The Stampeders defence neutralized the Thunderbirds’ rushing game, allowing only 34 yards on 22 carries. Chris Lebert led the way with 10 tackles. Other defensive standouts were Ben Leavitt, Chandler Bradshaw, Will McInnis and Chad Taylor.

Head coach Mike Ramsay was pleased with the team’s performance, noting that the defence has given up only 14 points in two games.

The Stampeders, who are sponsored by Great Lakes Feeder Lines, are 2-0 heading into their next home game at Notre Dame Catholic School on Sunday June 13th, where they’ll face the Toronto Jr. Argonauts.


Junior Varsity – Tier 1

The Tier 1 Junior Varsity Division Burlington Stampeders continued their domination of their OFC schedule on Sunday afternoon with another lopsided victory, this time over the Forest City Thunderbirds. Final score in the game was 49 – 0 in favour of the Stampeders squad.

Running back Mercer Timmis turned in a stellar performance on the day with 14 carries for 151 yards and three touchdowns, including a 50 yard touchdown run into the end zone. Complimenting Timmins’ performance was Leigh Szela with two touchdowns, and Bennet Megarry and Jack Woolfrey with one touchdown each.

The Stampeders defence dominated their foes from London with another stellar performance. Andrew Ziebart and Jack Campagnaro combined for three sacks in the game. Michael Malanda contributed with one fumble recovery and both Campagnaro and Ziebert recovered additional fumbles. Kyle Argent provided one interception and the defensive unit held the Thunderbirds scoreless for four quarters of play.



Varsity

The Burlington Varsity Stampeders moved their season record to 2-0 with a solid 26-9 victory over the Forest City (London) Thunderbirds. After a tight scoreless first quarter, kicker Evan Short opened the scoring for Burlington with with a field goal early in the second. In further action, Randy Williams pulled in a 40 yard Will Finch pass to move the ball inside the ten, allowing Ryan DiRisio to scamper into the end zone for a the first touchdown. Finch then connected with receiver Ian Stewart for a second touchdown allowing the Stamps to carry a 19-0 lead into the locker room at half time.

Russell Culver ignited the Stamps special teams with a 75 yard kickoff return to start the second half. David Shuta scored the touchdown to put the Stamps up by 26. The Stamps line play continued to solidify on both sides of the ball with standout performances by Addison Marks, Daniel MacDonald and Alex Maj. Jeremy Boschler, Tanner Care and Kevin Moncion were defensive standouts highlighted by a fourth quarter interception by Moncion.

League action continues this coming Sunday at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School with all four teams playing in Burlington’s second and final “Stampeders Day”. Opening kickoff is 12:00 noon for the Bantam Stamps, facing the Toronto Junior Argonauts. The Junior Varsity Tier 1 Stampeders will play against the visiting Sudbury Gladiators commencing at 2:30 p.m. The Junior Varsity Tier 2 team, following a bye week this past weekend, resume action against the Chatham Cougars. Opening kickoff is 5:00 p.m. In Sunday’s final headline game, Head Coach Neil Lumsden leads his Varsity squad against the Toronto Junior Argonauts in what promises to be an exciting match-up in Varsity league play. The Varsity teams will square off at 7:00 p.m.

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