Saturday night the Steel City Patriots punched their ticket to the 2019 Northern Football Conference Championship with a big 43-0 win over the Sarnia Imperials. The Patriots, on the road in Sarnia after a regular season loss to the Imperials, were looking to get revenge for that game and a loss to Sarnia in the 2018 NFC Semi-Final.
With a large crowd of travelling SCP fans cheering them on, the Hamilton defence took no time to set the tone of the game. Forcing multiple turnovers and not allowing the Sarnia offence get into rhythm, the Patriot defence continued their playoff shutout streak. Cornerback Tyler Bistrovich led the charge with 5 interceptions and Safety Ise Savory stripped the ball from Sarnia players to the tune of 2 fumble recoveries.
The Hamilton offense was again led by QB Graham Kelly who was 16 of 24 and 305 yards passing, 1 TD and 1 INT, and a rushing TD.
Patriot kicker Adam Pallet was 3 for 3 on field goals.
In the other NFC Semi, the GTA Allstars hosted the Ottawa Sooners with GTA coming away with a 35-13 win.
Stay tuned for 2019 NFC Championship details.
Source: Sam MacBeath