|Most Points||12||Jacob Steringa||NBY||vs OTT||July 29, 2023’|
|12||Alex McFarlane||GTA||vs SSM||July 29, 2023’|
|12||Dylan Mhlanga||SAR||@ HAM||July 29, 2023’|
|12||Archelaus Jack||HAM||vs SAR||July 29, 2023’|
|Most Carries||19||Emanuel Juma||SAR||@ HAM||July 29, 2023’|
|Most Rushing Yards||150||Emanuel Juma||SAR||@ HAM||July 29, 2023’|
|Longest Run||33||Emanuel Juma||SAR||@ HAM||July 29, 2023’|
|Receptions||8||Archelaus Jack||HAM||vs SAR||July 29, 2023’|
|Reception Yards||130||Jacob Steringa||NBY||vs OTT||July 29, 2023’|
|Longest Reception||83t||Jacob Steringa||NBY||vs OTT||July 29, 2023’|
|Pass Attempts||37||Marshawn Lothery||SAR||@ HAM||July 29, 2023’|
|Pass Completions||17||Josh Madden||HAM||vs SAR||July 29, 2023’|
|Passing Yards||272||Josh Madden||HAM||vs SAR||July 29, 2023’|
|Tackles||11||Dustin Murray||HAM||vs SAR||July 29, 2023’|
|Sacks||2||Patrick Ross||GTA||vs SSM||July 29, 2023’|
|2||Jackson Brown||OTT||@ NBY||July 29, 2023’|
|2||Miguel Allard||NBY||vs OTT||July 29, 2023’|
|Tackles for Losses||2||Patrick Ross||GTA||vs SSM||July 29, 2023’|
|Longest Field Goal||32||Jad Oiletk||OTT||@ NBY||July 29, 2023’|
|Longest Punt||59||Ovi Coca||GTA||vs SSM||July 29, 2023’|
|Longest Punt Return||50||Anthony Basso||NBY||vs OTT||July 29, 2023’|
|Longest Kickoff||70||Jad Oiletk||OTT||@ NBY||July 29, 2023’|
|Longest Kick Return||95t||Branden McCraney||SAR||@ HAM||July 29, 2023’|
|Longest Interception Return||37||Jaymmel King||HAM||vs SAR||July 29, 2023’|
|Longest Fumble Return||66t||Anthony Noel||OTT||@ NBY||July 29, 2023’|
|Most Points||24||Jonathon Cimankinda||OTT||vs NBY||July 15 2023|
|Most Carries||28||Alanzo Clarke||SSM||@ NBY||July 8, 2023|
|Most Rushing Yards||203||Alanzo Clarke||SSM||@ NBY||July 8, 2023|
|Longest Run||52||Brook Hoover||SSM||at SUD||June 3, 2023|
|Receptions||10||Jacob Steringa||NBY||vs OTT||June 3, 2023|
|Reception Yards||225||Jacob Steringa||NBY||vs OTT||June 3, 2023|
|Longest Reception||85||Deshawn Greenway||HAM||vs MIFA||July 15 2023|
|Pass Attempts||45||Josh Madden||HAM||vs OTT||June 17, 2023|
|Pass Completions||27||Jordan Heather||NBY||@ OTT||July 15 2023|
|Passing Yards||437||Jordan Heather||NBY||@ OTT||July 15 2023|
|Tackles||20||Jon Cimankinda||OTT||@ HAM||June 17, 2023|
|Sacks||3||Blake Iannelli||SSM||vs SUD||June 10, 2023|
|3||Anothony Noel||OTT||@ GTA||July 8, 2023|
|3||Michael Reid||SSM||vs GTA||July 22, 2023|
|Tackles for Losses||3||Zack Kirk||SSM||at SUD||June 3, 2023|
|3||Austin Garlow Henry||HAM||vs OTT||June 17, 2023|
|3||Derek Mulder||TCO||vs MIFA||June 17, 2023|
|3||Thomas Shaw||OTT||vs HAM||July 22, 2023|
|Longest Field Goal||44||Jad Oiletk||OTT||vs HAM||July 22, 2023|
|Longest Punt||52||Ovi Coca||GTA||@ SAR||July 15 2023|
|52||Ovi Coca||GTA||@ SSM||July 22, 2023|
|Longest Punt Return||119t||Jackson Smiley||SAR||@ GTA||June 10, 2023|
|Longest Kickoff||80||Tucker Almert||TCO||vs MIFA||June 17, 2023|
|Longest Kick Return||95t||Branden McCraney||SAR||vs MIFA||July 8, 2023|
|Longest Interception Return||73t||Jordan Wright||SAR||vs MIFA||July 8, 2023|
|Longest Fumble Return||49||Mehron Alexander||TCO||vs GTA||June 24, 2023|
The North Bay Bulldogs overran the Ottawa Sooners in a Northern Football Conference playoff game at Mike O’Shea Field Saturday night.
Author of the article:Greg Estabrooks | North Bay Nugget
Published Jul 29, 2023
The North Bay Bulldogs outslugged the Ottawa Sooners 24-13 to move to the Northern Football Conference semifinals.
It was a tougher night than usual for the Bulldogs offense who faced the Ottawa defence for the third time this weekend. North Bay led 7-3 after the first quarter and then 14-3 at the half.
Ottawa broke through with a field goal then North Bay answered back with touchdowns from Heather to Jacob Steringa and Will Laporte.
North Bay scored on another passing play as Heather hit Andre Landry for a score and it was 21-3.
North Bay was up 24-6 and had the ball until Heather was stripped of the ball and Anthony Noel of the Sooners took it back for a touchdown. That made the score 24-13 and that was the final.
Ottawa did not score on offence and Bulldogs coach Marc Mathon said stopping the run was vital.
“We found ourselves in a bad situation as we looked at the stats and we were giving up over 200 yards a game rushing,” says Mathon. “We had to take our defence and shored things up. The guys came to practice and really focused on that.”
“Once we were able to stop the run and force them to pass our defence backs were able to make plays and we have the advantage,” says Mathon.
Mike Van Damme had a big game for North Bay. Van Damme is a defensive end who has played exactly four games of football in his life.
The South African native wanted to try football when he moved to North Bay. So far so good for the first-year player.
“I’m just here to tackle, they tell me who to hit,” says Van Damme. “My understanding of the game is limited. They tell me who to tackle, and that is all I can do now,’ says Van Damme.
The run and gun Bulldogs offence played a very different style on Saturday. It was more conservative than usual. Quarterback Jordan Heather says that was the plan.
“In the second half we were trying to work on the running game and burn the clock,” says Heather. “The last time we played them we scored too quickly, and it gave them opportunities to get the ball back, so we tried to run the ball and play a little differently,” says the Bulldog quarterback.
North Bay will be off next week and will likely be on the road the week after that in a semifinal game.
Quarter Final Scores
Sarnia Imperials 23 @ Hamilton Jaguars 28
Ottawa Sooners 13 @ North Bay 24
Sault Steelers 0 @ GTA All Stars 27
For the third time this season the North Bay Bulldogs square off against the Ottawa Sooners. This time it is a playoff matchup in North Bay Saturday night.
Author of the article:Greg Estabrooks | North Bay Nugget
Published Jul 26, 2023
Saturday will be the seventh game of the season for the North Bay Bulldogs men and it will be third time in those seven games they have squared off against the Ottawa Sooners.
The Bulldogs were thinking it was going to be five straight two weeks ago when they jumped out to a 21-0 lead in Ottawa versus the Sooners. North Bay ended up losing that game 35-33, however, after Ottawa scored a last-minute touchdown.
The game had its ugly moments, as two Ottawa players received one- and two-game suspensions, respectively, from the Northern Football Conference after Bulldogs coach Marc Mathon sent video of a couple of plays from the game to the league.
Mathon said he isn’t concerned, however, about any bad blood between the two teams. He is more focused on getting his defence and special teams right after a meltdown of both in the Ottawa game.
“The keys for us are trying to limit their quarterback and heavy run attack,” said Mathon. “We also need to keep working on special teams.”
Jordan Heather threw five touchdown passes and three for well over 400 yards in the loss to the Sooners.
Heather told his teammates it is a huge week of practice to get ready for round three with Ottawa.
The Bulldogs quarterback runs the offence and looks forward to another shot at Ottawa. He said he knows what is at stake this Saturday.
“It is playoffs so that adds pressure to go out there and win,” said Heather. “The more prepared I am by watching film, the easier it comes. It was the only team we lost to, and we had that game well, but things did not go well with special teams. We have corrected those issues, I believe, so we are looking forward to beating them this weekend.”
The game takes place this Saturday at Mike O’Shea Field with a 7 p.m. kickoff.