The storybook season continues for Cornwall’s OFC Wildcats football team, which won its division semifinal game last weekend, 18-7, over the Toronto Thunder. It was just the second time that the organization had, in its history, won a playoff game, the last one being in 2014.
In scorching conditions, on the afternoon of July 20, the Wildcats battled the Thunder in Scarborough. Players had to contend with a heat advisory, made worse by playing on an artificial turf field and a 1 p.m. start time.
Cornwall head coach Kirby Camplin says that the ‘Cats defence and special teams “were stellar all day, frustrating the Thunder and keeping the Wildcats offence with a short field to work with.”
The defence was paced by #15 linebacker Yannick Lafrance (4.5 tackles) and #5 linebacker Max Sabourin (4 tackles). Two defensive linemen, #16 Connor MacMillan and #58 Patrick Sheridan checked in each with a quarterback sack, while Patrick Cumberbatch recorded an interception.
The game was tied 7-7 at half time, with the Wildcats defence shutting out the Thunder in the second half.
As for Cornwall’s scoring, Odin Marfurt-Breakenridge had a touchdown on long kickoff return. The other major came off Jordan Millward 35-yard catch, from Brody Fairbairn. Matt Longchamps kicked two PATs, a rouge, and a field goal.
The other division semi saw the unbeaten Huronia Stallions eke out an 11-10 win over the Etobicoke Eagles.
The Stallions, based in Barrie, will host the Wildcats in the east final on July 27.