Flames reunion (VIDEO)

Flames teammates reunite to become newest recruits to join OUA team’s 2014 class

Three high school teammates will join forces once again to create offensive chemistry.  This time it will be at the CIS level.

Jacob Helm, Hunter Tilden and Matt DeCicco are the newest members of the McMaster Marauders.  They will join the team for the2014 OUA season.

Recently, all three offensive standouts suited up for St. Thomas Flames of the Thames Valley Regional Athletic Association (TVRAA).

“We’re excited that Jacob, Hunter and Matt have decided to become student-athletes at McMaster,” commented Marauders Offensive Coordinator Jon Behie.  “STA is a great football school in a great football city and these guys have received great coaching at all levels.”

“We are sure that the three of them will contribute positively to both our football program and our McMaster community.   Bottom line is we can’t wait for these guys to get here in August and start working with our coaches!”


For the 6’2, 290 pound offensive lineman from London, Ontario, there was a few key reasons he chose the Hamilton, Ontario campus.

“One was the influence of one of my Offensive Line Coaches at my high school, Dave Forde,” said Helm.  “He played at Mac for a long time and was very successful; I really valued his advice.”

“Another was the campus and the overall history of the school.  It was a good fit for me.  Finally, I really liked the vibe that I got from the coaching staff, they seem extremely committed to winning and that made it an easy decision.”

Not only has Helm played for the Flames, but he has previously suited up for the Forest City Thunderbirds of the Ontario Football Conference (OFC).

“Jacob is a hard worker who loves the gym,” added Behie.   “He is also fundamentally very sound.”

“He will be ready to compete for us early in his career.”

Hunter Tilden


The 6’2, 195 pound wide receiver from London, Ontario instantaneously gravitated towards the energy and comfort level he felt with the school and football program.

“When I went for my visit, I really liked the small community vibe,” expressed Tilden.  “I felt like I was home instantly.”

“Add the fact that the coaches seemed to really care for their players and that it’s a school known for its academics and the choice was pretty easy.  It’s just a bonus that they have a strong football program.”

This past season with the Flames, Tilden amassed 813 receiving yards on 34 catches, scored 13 touchdowns and added two touchdowns from kick returns in nine games.

“Hunter has great potential as a both a receiver and on special teams,” commented Behie.  “He is a big target with good hands that will fit in with our system.”

Matt DeCicco


In addition to the Flames, the receiver has suited up for the London Jr. Mustangs of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

“Matt is an outstanding athlete who has played all over the field – quarterback, receiver, defensive back,” said Behie.   “He reminds us of Robert Babic, which is a huge compliment around here!”

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