Express Bantams end season in style

August 3, 2016   ·   0 Comments

TNT Express receiver Adam Cook reaches for the ball during a pass in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s (July 31) Bantam OMFL semi-final against the Orangeville Outlaws in Orangeville. The TNT Bantam’s season ended with a 26-22 loss to Orangeville.

By Brian Lockhart
The TNT Express Bantams are done for the season after taking a loss in their semi-final against the Orangeville Outlaws on Sunday, July 31, in Orangeville.
The Express had a stellar season, finishing with a 5-3 record including Sunday’s game and ending with a third place in the standings.
The final game was a nail biter that could have gone either way in the final few minutes with both teams trying for one last goal that could either get some insurance for the Outlaws or turn the game upside down with a win for the Express.
“We played a hell-of-a game – offence, defence, and special teams,” said Express Bantam quarterback Michael Rabiega. “We worked hard out there. I give all the respect to our players. Win or lose we played a great game.”
The Bantams came out on the winning side scoring 273 points while giving up 214 for the season.
“I think this is the best season I’ve ever had and best game we’ve had in Orangeville,” Rabiega said. “I give them all respect, they totally deserved to win. Both teams never quit, we both played hard. Life goes on. You go to the next season and hope to do better.”
The Express were the first to score when Jagger Horst crossed the goal in the first quarter to lead 7-6 when the second quarter got under way.
The Orangeville squad widened the gap to 11 points in the second quarter.
TNT fought back hard starting with a 35-yard kick return by Mark Arrizza.
QB Rabiega made it through the middle for a first down followed by a huge pass to Horst that dropped the Express on the five.
Ryland Chisolm went through the middle on the next play for a TD to close the score to six points.
Horst got his second TD of the game on a pass in the end zone that gave the Express a two-point lead when kicker Joshua Gill placed the ball through the uprights for the extra point.
The Express went into high gear in the second quarter defensive players Owen Cliff, Nathan Monserrate, Darren Bumstead, Riley Galbraith, and Andrew Brown, all getting big stops.
O’ville was big in the lead with another TD that gave them a six point advantage.
With time running out, the Express made some good gains and a couple of runs by Cory Akerfeldt that brought the TNT squad down field.
The Express came within five yards with less than three minutes remaining but couldn’t get the points to turn the game around.
The final was 26-22.
After a good season, the semi-final turned into a well fought battle on both sides that provided a lot of excitement on the sidelines and for the fans.

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