Story courtesy of Ted Beale - St. Clair College
St Clair Fratmen 29
London Beefeaters 22
The Fratmen survived a late scare Saturday night to come out on top 29-22 over the London Beefeaters in front of a capacity crowd at Acumen Stadium as part of the first ever event at St. Clair College’s SportsPark.
The teams jockeyed scoreless in the early stages until Fratmen quarterback Michael Beale (LaSalle, ON) hooked up with Cody Holmes (Windsor, ON) who dove over the goal line for a 28-yard touchdown at the 1:09 mark of the first quarter but they did not convert the PAT. The Fratmen extended their advantage to 13-0 after Beale found Brendan McCraney (Windsor, ON) in the endzone for a 25-yard major which was converted by kicker Jake Holloway (Franklin, Tennessee).
London answered with 6:29 left in the half when Michael Saucier caught a 17-yard pass from Clarke McCallum to make it 13-7. The Fratmen drove back late in the quarter and when Holloway couldn’t convert a field goal it resulted in a rouge point as time expired and a 14-7 St. Clair lead at the halftime intermission.
The Fratmen created a 14-point cushion (21-7) when Beale and Holmes struck again for a 16-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. Holloway boomed the kickoff immediately afterwards for another rouge point for the Fratmen’s largest lead at 22-7.
The teams played scoreless until the 9:17 mark of the fourth quarter when London closed the margin to 22-14 after Codey McRoberts intercepted a Fratmen pass at midfield and returned it for a touchdown. After a Fratmen stalled drive London felt the momentum and regained possession that led to a 21-yard Beefeaters touchdown connection from McCallum to Devon Smith. After a successful 2-point conversion pass to Mitchell Spence suddenly the game was tied 22-22 with 6:38 left.
The Fratmen made a good defensive stand and got the ball back on their own 37-yard line with about 1:15 to go in the game. After a few plays Beale hit McCraney with a seemingly harmless pass in the flat, but he navigated into the secondary and picked up a few blocks racing 78 yards for the deciding blow with just :36 left on the clock. Holloway converted the PAT for a 29-22 score.
London couldn’t respond and Fratmen defensive back Nathaniel Norton (Windsor, ON) put the nail in the coffin with an interception allowing the game to expire the next play following a kneel.
Jacob Savoni (Amherstburg, ON) had another fine game rushing for 163 yards on 28 carries for the Fratmen while McCraney finished with 180 yards on 5 catches including his two majors. Holmes had 6 catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Beale was credited with 291 yards in the air on 14 of 25 passing to go with 4 touchdowns and the lone interception.
Hamilton Hurricanes 69
Quinte Skyhawks 29
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