The Holland College Hurricanes have a firm grasp on first place in the Atlantic Football League and this weekend, moved one win away from a first place finish and the league pennant. The Hurricanes exploded for a 50-24 win on the road over the University of New Brunswick Red Bombers to move to 4-0 on the season. UNB fell to 1-3.
Each game has seen different Bahamian standouts on the roster make key contributions on the field, this week led by Eugene McMinns and defensive captain Cardell Rolle. McMinns caught two touchdowns in the second half while Rolle was one of the leaders on run defense and added an interception. The Hurricanes took an early 8-3 in the first quarter and with the Bombers driving near midfield, Rolle picked off a pass , but was tripped up before he could manage a return. Holland led 29-17 at the half.
The passing game continued to pay big dividends for the Hurricanes in the second half when Xavier Hanna’s reception converted a second and long play. Two plays later, McMinns caught a deep pass play down the sideline for a touchdown and a 36-17 Hurricanes lead.
In the fourth, McMinns caught his second touchdown of the day when he took a screen pass, juked several defenders and outran the secondary for an 85 yard score. In their previous meeting this season, the Hurricanes beat the Red Bombers 37-20.
Next week, the Hurricanes will face the UNB Saint John Seawolves, October 11 at 1pm. A win and a 5-0 record will guarantee the Hurricanes will host a playoff game and a first place finish in the league.