For the second time in three seasons, the Notre Dame College School Fighting Irish have captured the SOSSA Senior Boys Football title.

The Irish defeated the Westmount Wildcats at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton on Tuesday afternoon by a final score of 28-13. While the score might show it, the game was evenly matched.

Notre Dame, out of Welland, Ontario, did most of their damage on the ground, rushing 27 times in the game for 201 yards while just passing for 62 yards. Westmount was not able to stop the run, finding themselves down early.

Jacob Succar opened the scoring for the Fighting Irish when he crossed the goal line on a three-yard run 3:35 into the game. From there the defenses took over and the kickers getting a lot of punt practice.

It wasn’t until the 6:49 mark of the second quarter that the Fighting Irish would extend their lead when Hunter Cropper found Zack Melnyk in the end zone from two yards out to make it 14-0. However, just before the half, the Wildcats got on the board when QB Seth Cabezas rushed two yards for the touchdown and cut the lead in half.

The second half saw pretty much the same storyline as the first with Notre Dame scoring first near the halfway point of the third quarter when Owen Tofano hauled in a pass and scored from 21-yards out.

Westmount had chances but were running out of time in the fourth when Cabezas threw a pair of picks, one of which was in the end zone. The Wildcats would get another score on the board with Kyle Nalepa’s eight-yard rushing TD, but the convert was blocked leaving Westmount down by eight.

Notre Dame effectively put the game away 82 seconds later when Jared Tessier scored on the ground.

While the three turnovers by the Wildcats played a role in their loss, they were also undisciplined taking 13 penalties for 103 yards. They were also caught many times not knowing their assignments.

For Westmount, Cabezas would complete 14 of 24 passes on the afternoon for 158 yards, be picked off twice and run in for a major. Nalepa would lead all running backs on the say with 114 yards on 19 carries while Stephen Pharand had 67 reception yards on four catches.

For the Fighting Irish, Cropper three just 10 passes on the day, completing four of them with two of them for touchdowns. Succar led the way on the ground for Notre Dame, carrying the ball 13 times for 107 yards while Tofano made just two catches of 21 yards and 25 yards.

While the SOSSA championship medals have been handed out, both teams will still get another game this season. Both squads have advanced to the OFSAA Football Bowls Festival which will be held at Ron Joyce Stadium at McMaster University from November 26th to the 29th.

Notre Dame will take on Chaminide College in the Metro Bowl at 10AM on Wednesday, November 27th while Westmount will take on either Ashbury College or Colonel By in the National Capital Bowl at 10AM on Thursday, November 28th.

Stats provided to Fans Frenzy by John Metcalfe.