The 2019 senior boys high school football season wrapped up this week with the OFSAA Football Festival.

On Thursday, Hamilton’s Westmount Wildcats took on the Ashbury College Colts, from Ottawa, in the National Capital Bowl. In the game Nate Bullock made three catches for 98 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon to help the Wildcats to a 44-6 victory.

The way the game started you wouldn’t have thought it was going to be a blowout. Ashbury College opened the game by scoring 5:46 into the first quarter when David Aeleye broke multiple tackles and scampered down the sidelines 68 yards for the major. But they would not make the convert as it was blocked.

From there, it was all Wildcats on the scoreboard, scoring 44 unanswered points.

Less than three minutes after giving up the game’s opening touchdown, Bullock picked up his first touchdown of the day, making a 30-yard reception to tie the game. The play looked to have been broken up with three Ashbury players all around Bullock, but the ball bounced of a set of hands and right into Bullock’s arms. Stephen Pharand would give the Wildcats the lead when he kicked the extra point.

Westmount then added four touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 34-6 lead at half time. Bullock scored the first two of the quarter making 16 and 52-yard catches for the major. Pharand would make one of two converts on those scores to make it 20-6.

Kyle Nalepa later rushed for a touchdown from five yards out. Pharand would close out the scoring in the first half, with just under two minutes to go, when he made a 29-yard reception in the end zone, out jumping two Colts for the ball.

The score could have been a little more lopsided going into the break after Caleb Kirsch intercepted an Ashbury College pass from Carter Harris Fowell. Kirsch returned the interception to the Colts’ 30-yard line. On the final play of the half Nalepa looked to have a clear lane to the end zone but was tripped up a couple yards short of the major.

In the third, Wildcats quarterback Seth Cabezas decided he wanted to score so he went for a 46-yard run less than two minutes into the quarter for six points.

Preston Swayze, who made the converts on the last three touchdowns, closed out the scoring with a 22-yard field goal.

Both teams played most of the game on the ground with Westmount rushing 27 times for 236 yards while the Ashbury College Colts ran 16 times for 134 yards. Nelapa was the work horse of the ground game for, carrying the ball 14 times for 89 yards for Westmount. Cazebas would finish the game completing six of eight passes for 159 yards and four passing touchdowns.

Harris Fowler completed just eight of his 18 passes for 78 yards and was picked off three times. Adeleye would rush just nine times in the game but picked up 115 yards while breaking many tackles and at times carrying defenders on his back as he went down the field.

For his efforts in the game, Bullock would be named player of the game.

Not only was it the first OFSAA Bowl victory for Westmount but they did it in their very first appearance.

Photos from the National Capital Bowl game can be viewed by clicking here.

Stats from the game provided to Fans Frenzy by John Metcalfe.