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Hawks win 3 on opening day

 Hawks open season on winning note


   All three teams win first game in the London Minor Football Association



  September 12, 2022


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By Rob J. Ross

LONDON, Ont. - The St. Thomas Hawks were victorious at all three levels on opening day.

The Hawks' U10, U12 and U14 teams, each won their first games of the London Minor Football Association, Sunday, at City Wide Fields.

Quinn Humphreys scored on the last play of the fourth quarter, lifting the U12 Hawks, to a 18-13 victory over the Wolverines.

"We stuck to the game plan and never gave up," Hawks coach Patrick DesRosiers said. "A good opener for us."

St. Thomas led 6-0 early on a long TD run by Jaden Hinde.

The Wolverines took a 7-6 lead in the second quarter and extended it to 13-6, by half-time.

"We made adjustments at half on defence," DesRosiers said. "They were coming out wide on us. We had some big stops. We were being aggressive and attacking the back field. They scored nothing in the second half."

Tiernan DesRosiers pulled the Hawks back to 13-12, with a minute and 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The Hawks missed the convert, but the defence got the ball back holding the Wolverines to a three and out series.

"The biggest thing is making our tackles. It is tackle football," coach DesRosiers said. "Making those stops and letting our offence do what they do."

The Hawks aren't afraid to throw the ball, something not so common in U12, as was the case during the final two minutes of the game.

In U14 action, Hudson Glover scored two TDs and Brendon McCausland had one, as the Hawks blanked the Wolverines, 20-0.

Glover scored his first major on a long run, with McCausland catching the two-point convert. Two runs by Brady Congdon, set up Glover's second TD run. Eoin DesRosiers caught a two-point convert.

All the scoring came in the second half, after the Hawks were stopped inches from the goal line right before half.

"The first quarter was us trying to get our legs under us. Our D played lights out and really kept us in the game with some amazing stops and key turnovers," Hawks' coach Andrew Walker said. "Logan Dore was a monster coming off the edge for us today and Max Surmacz was making every other tackle and forcing a fumble."

In U10 action, the Hawks won shutouts.



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