St. Thomas will be in the minor football atom and peewee finals following
convincing shutout wins in the semifinals
Monday, October 28, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
LONDON, ON. - A year ago the St. Thomas Hawks won the atom championship for the London Minor Football Association.
Two years ago, the Hawks captured the peewee title.
This year, the Hawks have the opportunity to win both trophies in the same season, on Sunday, November 3rd, at City Wide Fields.
Both teams advanced to their respective championship games with dominating wins in the semifinals, to remain undefeated for their seasons.
Kris Vigers had four touchdowns as the Hawks destroyed the Cobras, 53-0, in the peewee tilt. Ethan Orr, Mason Glover and Gage Hamilton, each had one TD.
"The offence and defence played awesome. Everybody played well," Hawks coach Paul Chapman said. "I have no complaints about today's game. They were tuned in and ready to go. The cold or rain didn't bother them."
The Hawks face the Bulldogs in the peewee final, at 2:30 p.m.
The teams met on opening day of the LMFA season and Chapman says the Bulldogs are big and fast, with a good quarterback, running back and wide receiver.
On the atom side, the Hawks are attempting to capture back to back crowns.
Kaden Leonardes had three TDs as the Hawks blew out the Red Storm, 54-0, in the semifinals.
"I didn't expect a lopsided score. We were able to pitch a shutout on defence, really force them to change their habits and we executed on offence," Hawks coach Andrew Walker said. "We did have some luck. Three fumbles turned in to touchdowns for us is pretty lucky."
Kolton Bergeron and Eoin DesRosiers, each had two touchdowns and Hudson Glover one. The remaining six points came from one or two point converts following touchdowns.
Zephyr Hatch had an interception and two plays later Leonardes was running into the end zone, for a 27-0 lead.
Last season, the Hawks only lost one game and they improved their record this season.
"This team is something special. They have talent everywhere. Their biggest skill is that they listen and they apply all the lessons shown in practice and it shows on game day," said Walker . "You tell them each and every week every team is prepared for them. They can't just be good, they have to be great. You have to show up at practice. Games are won on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays (Hawks' practice days). You show up at practice, you show up on game day."
The Hawks take on the Cobras, at 12:15 p.m.
In their regular season meeting, the Hawks won 29-7, but took some lessons from the Cobras
"They showed us some holes on our team that we had to fix," Walker said.
The tyke Hawks missed the playoffs, but finished with a win.