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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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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”