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Field goal in overtime gives varsity Grenadiers playoff win in Toronto

July 28, 2014

Mike Bashall’s 34-yard field goal in overtime gave the Kingston Grenadiers a 31-28 win over the Metro Toronto Wildcats in a first-round Ontario Varsity Football League varsity division playoff game Sunday afternoon in Toronto.

The victory, which avenged a 17-13 defeat against the Wildcats a week ago that cost the Grenadiers home field for the first round, gives Kingston a chance to get even with the league’s other Wildcats, from Cornwall, in the Wettges conference semifinal next weekend.

Again, the Grenadiers will be on the road, where they lost 17-16 to Cornwall early in the regular year.

Kingston got a pair of touchdowns Sunday from Liam Brand, on runs of three yards and one yard, Nate Thompson, on a seven-yard pass from quarterback Dylan Fisher, and Scott Leeman, who returned an intercepted pass 65 yards, accounted for the other major scores.

Fisher threw for 299 yards, 181 of them coming on seven receptions by Jeremy Pendergast. Fisher completed 18 of 31 attempts, but he threw three interceptions.

The Grenadiers also had three picks, with the others coming from Dylan Bell and Connor O’Neil, who returned his 24 yards.

But for two carries — a 24-yard gain by Konner Burtenshaw and a 19-yard carry by Cole Goodfellow — the Grenadiers were ineffective on the ground, getting just 55 yards from their other 18 attempts.

Regular-season champion Ottawa Myers Riders will host The Toronto Thunder in next weekend’s other conference semifinal. The Thunder defeated Cumberland 41-37 in the other first-round game Saturday.

Ottawa and Cornwall enjoyed first-round byes.

The junior varsity Grenadiers also advanced Saturday, with a 24-23 win over the Toronto Thunder in Toronto. For their trouble, the Grens will travel to Ottawa next weekend to face the Myers Riders.

The season ended for the bantam Grens Saturday. After winning their last four games of the regular season, they were ushered out of the playoffs in Pickering, where the Panthers prevailed 34-0.


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