BISONS HAVE A TOUGH WEEK-END

The Brantford Bisons a tough week-end of football action, winning only one game out of six. On the bright side, the OMFL Atoms remained undefeated and in first place in their division.

ONTARIO VARSITY FOOTBALL LEAGUEVarsity: London 66 Bisons 0—Head Coach Dan Padmore and the Bisons headed to London for a showdown with the top ranked Falcons after a loss to Essex the week before. His team was ready to play and have really bonded as team.
The team did there best but were overwhelmed by the shear numbers of players London had as the Falcons rolled up the score. Once again, Padmore can be pleased with the effort his kids put forth as every player kept trying and never gave up even as the score got out of hand.
“I would rather have a team with only 20 plus players on it with the hearts that these players have, than a team with 60 plus players that only play for the stats and for themselves. ” said Coach Dan Padmore. “My out standing players for this game go to the whole team.” he added.
After two road games, the Bisons finally get to play in front of their own fans as they meet the Hamilton Ironmen on Saturday, June 12th at 8:00P.M. The game will be played at the Bisons Alumni Football Complex located at the Gretzky Centre.
Jr. Varsity: Etobicoke 12 Bisons 8—This After a big win last week against Essex, a confident Bisons team headed to Etobicoke to meet the Eagles.
This was a defensive battle from the get go with both teams struggling to move the ball. The Bisons carried a slim 8-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter but that lead could have been by 14 points barring a costly fumble and penalty that took a touchdown away. In the fourth quarter, the Bisons defense finally cracked with Etobicoke getting two big plays that led to touchdowns and sealed the victory.
The Bisons defense played lights out again, keeping their team in a tight close game and even though the offense had some big plays, they could not find consistency in their attack. Some missed blocks and fumbles really hurt the offensive momentum.
Defensive standouts were team captain Djordje Petrovic and Nathaniel Strugnell. Offensive standouts were Anthony Powless and Matt Digout. The only touchdown scored was a rushing TD by Brad Winch, with an extra point and a single being kicked by Ben Hall.
“This was our game to win but we just couldn’t get the job done.” commented Coach Illyas Zylstra. “We will continue to improve and look forward to playing in front of our home town fans next week. It should be a great game.” added Zylstra
After two road games, the Bisons finally get to play in front of their own fans as they meet the Hamilton Ironmen on Saturday, June 12th at 2:00P.M. The game will be played at the Bisons Alumni Football Complex located at the Gretzky Centre.

Peewee: Cambridge 46 Bisons 0: No report

ONTARIO MINOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Bantam: Mississauga 26 Bisons 0:

The Bisons played last years Champions from Mississauga and appeared to be a bit nervous to begin the game. This allowed the Warriors to build a three touchdown lead in the first half. However, the team started to realize they could battle the Warriors if they stuck to their game plan and began playing better as a team as the first half ended. In the second half, lead by some great blocking from Cole Squire and the rest of the O-line, Quarterback Landon Wilcock was able to throw some strong and accurate passes. Wilcock worked well with Receiver Josh Kember who made a few great catches, and seemed to help spark the offense. Although the Bisons weren’t able to get the ball in the end zone, they moved it well and maintained good field position throughout the second half.
The defense stepped up and played a solid second half as well. Led by Colin Buckley who was strong in containing the middle, Trevor Fleming who pursued and tackled well as the rover, and Dustin Irvin who held the other team at corner, the defense held the Warriors to only one touchdown in the second half. The way the team played in the second half should bode well for this team in the future.

“I am proud of the way the boys banded together and kept playing hard all game.” said Coach Ron Wilcock. “This team has a lot of heart and it showed in their second half play.” he added.
The Bisons finally get to play at home for their next game against the Hamilton Steelers on Friday, June 11th at 6:00P.M. The game will be played at the Bisons Alumni Football Complex which is located at the Gretzky Centre.
Peewee: Cambridge 60 Bisons 0: The Bisons coming off a very tough loss against Hamilton last week where they controlled the clock but not the scoreboard, now were facing the number one team in the division—the Cambridge Lions. The Bisons opened the game just as they did last week by running a ball control offense. Working methodically, the Bisons used up the clock but just couldn’t score. The Lions were stopped twice by the Bisons defense but a disputed pass interference penalty in the Bisons end zone allowed the Lions to score, putting them up 6-0 after the first quarter. The wheels then fell off the Bisons defense and the Lions scored three touchdowns in quick fashion to take control of the game, cruising to an easy victory.
The Bisons offense was led by Jacob Cockerill, who had some very good runs up the middle, while Bradley Ward had some long outside runs against a very tough Cambridge defense. The defense stood firm as long as it could with Brydan McMahon and Jacob Allwood leading the way. The Bisons will have to regroup after this loss but have a chance to get back into the winning column next week when they face Niagara Storm at home. “This was a tough game for our kids to play. Cambridge is very talented and is showed on the scoreboard. But we have a lot of great athletes too and we will continue to work on our tackling and pursuit during this week’s practices and should continue to improve as the season goes on.” commented Coach James Kelly.
The Bisons will have their next game against Niagara Storm on Sunday, June 13th at 6:00P.M. The game will be played at the Bisons Alumni Football Complex located at the Gretzky Centre.

Atom: Bisons 36 TNT 0: No report.

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