Ethan Ciupka scored three touchdowns as the Chatham-Kent Cougars beat the Hurricanes 45-0 in the Ontario Football Conference on Saturday in Hamilton.
The Cougars (7-1) finished in a three-way tie for first place in the West Division with the Sault Sabercats and Sarnia Sturgeons.
The Cougars won the tiebreaker and will host the fourth-place Brantford Bisons (4-3-1) at 7 p.m. Sunday in a division semifinal at the Chatham-Kent Community Athletic Complex.
Nakoma Scott, Tao Bos and Nolan Larouche each scored one touchdown in the regular-season finale.
Quarterback Evan Torres threw for one TD and had one interception. Liam Wellman was 4-of-5 on extra points.
“Great way to end off the season,” Cougars head coach Selwyn Jordan said in a statement. “Players were thrilled to play at Tim Hortons Field where the Ticats play. Now time to focus on the playoffs.”
Tanner Hoorelbeck had eight tackles and two fumble recoveries, Quinton Emerick had six tackles and one interception, and Trevor Lawton also made six tackles. Brayden Charbonneau had four tackles and an interception, and Dylan Butler made four tackles.
Trenton Blackbird rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns as the Chatham-Kent Cougars beat the Hurricanes 66-0 on Saturday in Hamilton.
The Cougars tied for second in the OFC West Division with the Brantford Bisons at 6-2. The teams will face off in a division semifinal at noon Saturday in Brantford.
Owen Malott Bennett completed 12 of 20 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns. Evan Cole was 4-of-6 for 60 yards and two touchdowns.
Evan Starr made two touchdown catches. Wesley Dean, Devonta Dudley and Brady Desveaux had one apiece.
Joey Doxtator had one rushing TD.
Offensive linemen Desveaux, Jon Sanderson, Blake Hart, Kalib Guibeault, Brennan Dodman, Mitchell Fortuna, Jordan Alderdice and Joseph Reimer were standouts.
Ty Oliphant, Riley Hodges, Kaden Jefferson, Dylan Twigg and Maddux Stewart were the defensive stars.
The host Diamonds played one game before the Chatham Minor Baseball Association tournament was rained out on the weekend.
Dakota Vangoethem hit a double and a single in a 6-3 win over St. Thomas on Friday at Fergie Jenkins Field at Rotary Park.
Pitchers Ethan Boulley-Dekker and Sam McKindlay combined on the six-inning win.