Outlaws Bantams at OMFL championship

August 18, 2016   ·   0 Comments

Tough battle ends with 52-38 loss to Clarington

The Orangeville Outlaws Bantam team finished off a stellar season with a trip to the Ontario Minor Football League Championship on Sunday, August 7, at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke to face the Clarington Knights for an epic battle on the gridiron.

The Clarington squad arrived at the final as a team who were undefeated for the season.

The Outlaws finished the regular season in second place taking only one loss for the year.

Getting off to a good start, the Outlaws were leading 12-6 in the second quarter on TDs from Nathan Falconi and Brandon Barrow.

Orangeville’s defence put up a good effort including a huge Clarington quarterback sack by Aiden Murray and a good defensive effort by Brayden Sadler, Jared Roxburgh, and Lucas Horvath.

The Knights took the lead with a run through the middle and successful convert to make it a 13-12 game.

They followed up with a long pass and a TD with seconds left on the clock in the first half.

Orangeville kicked to start the second half with Clarington returning to the 35 yard line.

The Knights battle down field and scored a wide run to take a 15 point lead.

The pressure was on the O-ville squad to respond when a pass attempt was intercepted and returned for another Clarington touchdown.

In a bold move, Orangeville QB, Nathan Falconi called his own number and sprinted for 30 yards to give the Outlaws good field position. That was followed up by a quick pass to receive Derek de Langley to place the Outlaws on the eight yard line. The squad advanced to the one yard line and

Aiden Murray scored on the next play.

The fourth quarter started with the Outlaws blocking a punt attempt and starting deep in their own end.

After gaining yards, the Outlaws scored with a pass to Brendan Beeching in the end zone.

The Knights opened the score gap again with a long pass to take a 21 point lead late in the game.

O-villes Brandon Barrow turned on the afterburners on running play to sprint for 50 yards for a late game TD.

The final Orangeville goal came with 20 seconds left on the clock and a short pass to Tyler Mihkelson in the end zone, but it was too late for the Outlaws to challenge.

The final was a 52-38 win for the Clarington squad and the Knights had the hon our of winning the 2016 OMFL Bantam title.

“We started off strong, we got two touchdowns that were called back and things got all twisted after that,” said Outlaws quarterback Nathan Falconi.

The Outlaws crossed the goal twice in the first quarter but both were called back on penalties.

“We had a great season – we won a lot of games. Last year we didn’t get to the playoffs, and now we made it to the championship,” Falconi said of the success of this year’s Bantam squad.

The Outlaws Bantams had a 6-1 regular season before going to their semi-final game and winning over the TNT Express to earn the right to go to the OMFL championship.

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