The Holland Hurricanes men’s football team returns to action on Saturday in their final Atlantic Football League (AFL) regular season game of 2019 when they take on the Dalhousie University Tigers at 2pm at Alumni Canada Games Place in Charlottetown, PEI.
The Hurricanes enter the weekend in third place at 2-3 after a dominating 37-0 road win last Saturday in Saint John, NB versus the University of New Brunswick-Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves. The Tigers are 3-2 and sit in second place in the standings.
While the Hurricanes and Tigers are set to face each other again next weekend in AFL semi-final action, this Saturday’s game will determine who has home-field advantage. A Tigers win would force the semi-final to be played in Halifax, while a Hurricanes win would knot the two teams at 3-3 and a tie-breaking formula would then be used to determine who would host the semi-final matchup.
This is the second time the ‘Canes and Tigers have met this season. On September 28 in Halifax, NS, Dalhousie went on to defeat the ‘Canes 28-3. Since then, the ‘Canes have outscored the competition 59-27.
Last Saturday in Saint John, the ‘Canes exploded for three touchdowns in the opening quarter to take a 20-0 lead, before adding two touchdowns and a safety in the second to lead 37-0 at halftime, and eventually picked up the victory.
Starting quarterback, Teshaun Tran was five-for-nine, passing for 130 yards and throwing one touchdown. The ‘Canes top receivers were Garyth McLean (two catches for 49 yards and one touchdown), Thomas Jarabek (one catch for 65 yards), Tyler Majaury (one catch for 13 yards) and Matthew-Uriah Kaye-Mitchell (one catch for three yards).
Rushing the ball was Marco Antonio Briones Gutierrez for 57 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns, Rodrigo Montes de Oca for 43 yards on nine carries and a touchdown, Kepler Saint-Hilaire for seven yards on one carry while Tran ran for six yards on three carries.
Interceptions in the game for the Hurricanes were recorded by Daniel Nkonkomalimba as well as Max Malo, who scored a touchdown with his return of 85 yards.
For their strong play in last week’s road victory, the Hurricanes Football Players of the Week were Marco Antonio Briones Gutierrez (offensive) and Max Malo (defensive).
The ‘Canes will also be raising money on behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society on Saturday when they wear pink to support the fight against breast cancer. Several fundraising options will be available for fans looking to donate.
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Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
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Date: Friday, October 18, 2019