With weather that felt more like early fall than late spring, the Quinte Skyhawks earned a split in their OFC games at Mary Ann Sills Park on Saturday.
About 400 fans packed the stands to watch the Junior Skyhawks battle the Brampton Bulldogs in a game that came down to the penultimate play.
Later, the Varsity Skyhawks competed against the Cornwall Wildcats in earning their first victory of their inaugural season, but experienced not only another shutout but a denial of their first points scored.
Last second field goal puts Juniors back to .500
Two weeks after a rough loss to Scarborough in their home opener, the Quinte Junior Skyhawks went toe-to-toe with the Brampton Bulldogs as both teams are among a large group with less than two wins.
The Skyhawks defence got the game going early, catching an interception from Brampton QB Ethan Miller.
The offence would open the scoring on a brief two-play drive as Skyhawks quarterback Luke Bourgeoin connected with running back Ford Facette-Grondin on a 19 yard reception for a touchdown and an early 7-0 lead.
Miller would come back later in the first quarter to complete a four-play possession by running the first of his two rushing touchdowns to close the gap to 7-6.
The second major from Miller came with 1:31 left in the second quarter, that and a two-point conversion made it 14-7 for the Bulldogs.
But just like that, the Skyhawks returned that score with one play lasting only seconds on the next possession — Bourgeoin throwing a complete pass to slotback Issac Shire — 68 yards for the touchdown and an extra point to tie the game 14-14 at the half.
Quinte would take the lead late in the third quarter with Bourgoin bombing to Facette-Grondin — 69 yards for the RB’s second TD of the game and a 21-14 Skyhawks lead, much to the crowd’s delight.
It would stay that way thanks to three interceptions by the Bulldogs — two caught by halfback Matthew Quance and another caught by halfback Phoenix Smith.
But the Bulldogs found a way through the air with less than two minutes left in the fourth and Miller connected with WR Justin Amoah on a 42 yard reception for a touchdown and after a two-point conversion, Brampton led 22-21.
It would, however, come down to the Skyhawks’ last drive that started with 30 seconds left.
Bourgeoin, who went 13 for 40 with 298 yards passing, saved his best for last with a complete pass to SB Emerson Kennelly.
A 39 yard reception, followed by a seven yard run from Bourgoin deep enough into Bulldog territory to set up what would be the winning play on the five-play drive — a field goal attempt by kicker Nicholas Young that went through the uprights with 2.8 seconds remaining to send the crowd cheering to a 24-22 Quinte victory, after Brampton’s last play ended up being an incomplete pass.
Junior Coach Mark McFaul felt the win, which improved the Skyhawks’ record to 2-2, was a true team effort.
“I’m just so proud of my defense, they played excellent.”, said McFaul.  “We had I think four or five turnovers, and the offence moved the ball when they need to — got us into position to make that last second field goal.  So, it feels pretty good.”