After dropping their home opener to the London Beefeaters, the Ottawa Sooners have racked up three straight wins and are now ranked ninth in the Canadian Junior Football League’s national rankings.
On Sun., Sept. 4, Keyshawn Upshaw-Tynes scored on an 88-yard kick off return and a 115-yard missed field goal return to lead the Sooners to a lopsided 53-3 win over the Quinte Skyhawks at TAAG Field at Carleton University.
The win came on the heels of a 28-21 win over the Hamilton Hurricanes in Hamilton and a 37-7 win over the Toronto GTA Grizzlies at home.
With the Sooners at the halfway point of the season, their biggest test of the season will come this weekend. The Saints have rolled through their schedule and are coming off a 26-18 win over the London Beefeaters. It was the only loss of the season for the Beefeaters, who beat the Sooners in the season opener before Ottawa responded with three straight wins.
After Labour Day, Sooners quarterback Owen Cowan is leading the league in passing with 601 yards. Receivers Mark Webb, Nathan Coleman, Noah Avery and Jackson Eyaba are all in the top 10 in receiving yards. Barrhaven’s Styles Lepage leads the Sooners in tackles and is 10th in the league.
The Sooners travel to Toronto to face the GTA Grizzlies Sunday at 1 p.m. The following weekend, the Sooners will have their biggest test of the Canadian Junior Football League season Sunday afternoon (Sept. 18) at 1 p.m. at Carleton University as they take on the unbeaten St. Clair Saints of Windsor. The Saints will come into the game ranked second nationally, behind only the Okanagan Sun.