After an 0 and 3 start, the Ottawa Sooners have clawed their way back into the OFC playoff chase. The Sooners won their third straight game tonight, 34-18 over the Brampton Bears. The Sooner defence was outrageously good, forcing 11 turnovers on the night, 6 on downs. J.P. Hamelin led the Sooners attack with a pair of long touchdown catches. The rest of the offence came from Andrew Banerjee's 4 field goals and Keith Graham's late touchdown run.
Backup Dexter Brown did a good job of managing the ball for the Sooners on a cool, windy night at Keith Harris Stadium. The only real blemish on Brown's night was a throw that Bears defensive end Mike Livingston ran back for a touchdown. Wassim Sayegh picked off his 4th pass of the season for the Sooners.
It was not the return to Ottawa that Bears head coach Tommy Denison and assistant Andy McEvoy had hoped for. McEvoy was Sooners' head coach last season and Denison his assistant. Down 27-0, Denison was ejected from the game for apparent verbal abuse of the referee.
After the ejection, the Bears scored 18 unanswered points to make it interesting. Their return team also kept Ottawa guessing with some spectacular runbacks. But Brampton's lack of kicking game was evident with a number of third down gambles on what would normally be punting or field goal situations.
The Sooners are in Waterloo next Saturday, September 22nd to face the 0-6 Twin Cities Predators.