Grenadiers advance

After a one touchdown lead at halftime, the varsity Limestone District Grenadiers posted a 42-7 win over the Oshawa Hawkeyes in the first round of Ontario Varsity Football League playoffs on Saturday, July 27 at Loyalist Collegiate.

For the better part of the first quarter, the Grenadiers were strife with penalties. The Gmen subject to sixteen red flags throughout the course of the day.

Kingston opened the scoring 7:18 in to the first quarter with a pass-play to Konner Burtenshaw.


Senior Limestone District Grenadiers Konner Burtenshaw barrels his way through the Oshawa Hawkeyes defensive line. The Gmen hosted the Hawkeyes in the first round of the Ontario Varsity Football League sudden death playoff bracket on Sat., July 27 at Loyalist Collegiate. After a couple late interceptions, Kingston downed Oshawa 42-7.

Midway through the second quarter, Kingstons defensive back Micheal Gencarelli picked off a pass by Oshawas’ quarterback Braeden Vavassori. Gencarelli carried the ball 34-yards down field but the play was called back after he was called for pass-interference.

With thirty seconds left in the half, Grenadiers’ wide-receiver Nate Kellar ran past the goal posts after connecting on a 38-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dylan Bell.

The Gmen exploded off the kick-off in the second half. With Matt Pendergast as the intended receiver, he returned the ball for 50-yards – being taken down at the Hawkeyes 29-yard line.

With a few pass-run plays on their possession, it was at the five minute mark of the third quarter when Bell kept the ball for an eight-yard rush – posting six more points on the board for Kingston. The remaining ten minutes was mere back-and-forth of who had possession.

Inside the two-minute mark of the 4th quarter, the Grenadiers answered back with another touchdown. Kingston saw their lead grow by 21 after a pass-play to Cole Goodfellow.

It wasn’t even two minutes later when Kingston posted seven more points. Matt Pendergast found himself in the right spot when he picked off a pass from Vavassori to return it for a 61-yard touchdown.


Jessica Hashey (left) pours cold water over the head of her three year old son Dean. The pair of football fans bared the heat for the matchup between the senior Limestone District Grenadiers and the Oshawa Hawkeyes on Sat., July 27 at Loyalist Collegiate. The Gmen defeated the Hawkeyes 42-7 in the first round of the Ontario Varsity Football League sudden death playoff bracket.

Defensive back Jay Dearborn closed out the scoring for the Grenadiers with 5:40 remaining in the game. Dearborn was on the receiving end of a 55-yard interception return – pushing the lead and a final score of 42-7 in favor of the Gmen.

The Hawkeyes only score of the game came at 12:35 in the first quarter with a hand of to Edwin Rivera Jr. by quarterback Jack Hazlett.

The Grenadiers are welcomed by the Markham Raiders – 6-2 in the regular season – on Saturday, August 3 at Mt. Joy for semi-final playoff action. Game time is set for 7:30pm.

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