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This Friday night, under the lights, the Bantam Varsity Ti-Cats took on the Cambridge Lions. The game started off with the defense leading that way. After a bad exchange, Max Barber scooped up a fumble and ran 60 yards to pay dirt. The next drive Cambridge fumbled, where Victor Bodi scooped it up. The next offensive series, Donavin Miloy scored to make it a 13-0 for the Cats. Cambridge scored one late to make it 13-6 going into the half. After the break, Cambridge caught Hamilton’s defense napping and scored on their opening possession of the half. The score was tied and Hamilton needed a boost after losing their lead. On the first play after the kick, Miloy took the ball 76 yards to give Hamilton the lead at 19-13. After a great kickoff by Anthony Vennari pinned Cambridge deep, Hamilton’s defense was able to force the Cambridge QB to throw a pick into the waiting arms of Billy Nguyen who took it 45 yards to house. The next possession saw Anthony Vennari sack the QB to give Hamilton a safety and a 28-13 lead, which would be the final. “ Proud of the guys for coming together and pulling out the W but we have to be more consistent and play for all 4 quarters” Bartolomeo stated, “ I feel like we played for 2 quarters of the game and show inconsistently for the other 2, which we exploited for 2 scores and inability to drive the field. Offensively, we struggled at times; we need better play for our O-Line and better decisions for our QB. Defensively, I think we had a solid game, our front 7 was very strong, but we need to do a better job tackling and finishing the play.”
Chris is entering his fourth season with the HFA Bantam Tiger Cats, first season as Head Coach. Last season, he was the Offensive Co-ordinator/ Assistant Head Coach with the Bantam North Tiger Cats. As well as to coaching the Ti-Cats, Chris is also the WR Coach and Special Teams Co-ordinator with the CJFL Hamilton Hurricanes, winning a championship in 2016. As well as Offensive Co-ordinator at St. Mary C.S.S, he was also the WR Coach for the Ontario Prospect Challenge for Bantam West. His early playing days were spent at St. Jean de Brebeuf High School then Chris moved onto the CJFL Hamilton Hurricanes, winning a championship in 2011. Chris is trained in Safe Contact, as well as a NCCP Trained Coach in WR and QB and also volunteers his time coaching at various player development camps.
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This weekend, the Bantam Varsity Ticats went to down to Windsor to face the Essex Ravens for a battle for 1st place. After a poor week of preparation due the large amount of graduations, the first couple of drives Hamilton showed a lack of focus and seemed to be a bit sluggish. After a long drive by the Ravens, Essex completed a pass that caught Hamilton's DBs napping and took the leader 6-0. The first offensive drive showcased that Hamilton needed a boost, after a quick 4 and out. Hamilton's defense took the field and came up big with a stop. On the first play of Hamilton's next possession, Donavin Miloy took a pass from Evan Clarke 87 yards to the house, a missed P.A.T had the score at 6-6. The back and forth affair continued, Essex scored on their first play of their possession to go up 13-6. To continue the trend, Hamilton's first play on their next possession saw Evan Clarke find Luke Todoruck 37 yards later he was in the endzone. An Anthony Vennari P.A.T tied up the score at 13-13. After some half time adjustments, the 2nd half was Hamilton's. Hamilton's Defense kept Essex off the board for the entire half and Hamilton's offence put up 2 more scores, Todoruck on a 36 yard pass and run and Miloy on a 5 yard run. At the end of the game score finished 28-13. "After a long bus ride, the first half showcased how we felt: sluggish, tired, unfocused, but we got some life after our first score, and after some adjustments we seemed to gather our focus and our energy started to rise and we did not look back" commented Bartolomeo. "We are playing very sound team football, we are not playing as individuals but rather as a team. The score board at the end of the game is what we are worried about instead of individual achievements, those will come as we continue to win. I am proud of how all of our guys pulled through and how we were able to take the top of the West. We have to keep this momentum and keep moving forward as we get ready for the playoffs"
The Bantam Ticats went up againist the Ottawa Sooners for the first taste of OPFL action. For the entirety of the game, Hamilton’s defense worked tirelessly to adjust to Ottawa outstanding running attack. Ottawa’s RB Isiah Knight ran on Hamilton’s Defense for 170 rushing yards on. Offensively Hamilton struggled to continuously move the chains and keep their Defense off the field. 14-8 at half time, Hamilton looked to rebound only down by 6 points. Timely turnovers ultimately killed Hamilton’s momentum and fuelled Ottawa. Ottawa scored 4 unanswered scores to make the final score 39-8. Hamilton offensively was led by Donavin Milloy with 101 rushing yard, Josh Omojafo with 50 receiving yards and a TD. Defensively, Anthony Vennari had 6 solo tackles, while Billy Nguyen and Prabdeep Mann helped out with 6 assisted tackles each.
Coach Bartolomeo commented, “ We have to do a better job offensively to be productive on every play, we cannot have missed assignments and missed opportunities to put ourselves into a hole. We have to do a better job keeping our defense fresh and off the field. Defensively, we will learn from our mistakes we made this game and prepare ourselves for Cambridge”
On Saturday, the Bantam Varsity Ti-Cats took on the London Jr Mustangs in a battle at the top of the Bantam West Division. With London recieving the opening kick-off, it was Hamilton's defense that was challenged early to stop the high scoring Mustangs. Called upon early, the defense came up with a big stop on 4th and 4. From there, the momentum for the Cats began. On the offensive possession, the Cats were able to pass there way down the field with QB, Evan Clarke completing passes to Josh Omojafo and Luke Todoruck, Omojafo capped the drive with a 17 yard TD reception to give Hamilton a 7-0 lead. Hamilton's defense came up with another 4th down stop to give Hamilton's offence great field possession. After Donavin Miloy gave Hamilton life after converting a 3rd and 11, Clarke found Omojafo in the endzone again to give Hamilton a 13-0 lead. The game continued with the trend with Hamilton's Defense coming up big on very possession and Hamilton's Offence being able to finish off plays . The game finished 35 to 7 for the Cats. Josh Omojafo finished with 2 TD's, Donavin Miloy with 2 TD's and Evan Clarke with 1 TD. Anthony Vennari had 2 INTs and J.P Sardo had an interception . " I think this was one of the best games we have played up so far. The Mustangs a very good team, and we had to make sure we were ready for all components of their game. Defensively, we came up with some big plays, Vennari's INT on a swing pass was probably one of the best football plays I have seen in a while. Offensively, we were good for the most part, Todoruck came up big for us on some big 3rd downs, Evan played very well and made some big throws for us. I think all components are gelling at the right time" commented Bartolomeo