The Chatham-Kent Cougars' second shot at the Scarborough Thunder didn't go any better than the first.
The Chatham-Kent Cougars’ second shot at the Scarborough Thunder didn’t go any better than the first.
The Cougars lost 20-7 to the Thunder in the Ontario Football Conference junior varsity final Saturday in Oshawa.
Last year, the Thunder beat the Cougars 13-7 in the OFC junior varsity final.
The Cougars were missing six injured starters for the championship rematch.
“We needed every bullet in the gun to beat this team today,” Cougars head coach Herb McCauley said. “They were big, quick and played with an edge.
“Our defence played well, but we just couldn’t move the ball and we were pretty nicked up.”
Logan Stefina scored the Cougars’ lone touchdown on a three-yard run. He also kicked the extra point for a 7-7 tie after one quarter.
The Thunder led 14-7 at halftime and 20-7 after three quarters.
Brayden Charbonneau had eight tackles and an interception for the Cougars, Trevor Lawton also made eight tackles and Jude Pearson made five.
Quarterback Darion Bacik-Hadden ran eight times for 70 yards, Stefina had 55 yards on seven carries, and Brett Wegrzyn made three catches for 34 yards.
The high-scoring Cougars took a 9-0 record into the final. Their average margin of victory was more than 40 points, but they were stopped by a Thunder defence that allowed a total of 24 points in three playoff wins.