The second “Battle of the Blues” at the University of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium on Oct. 14 pitted the varsity and junior varsity football teams from Upper Canada College and St. Michael’s College School against each other, and both schools came away with a win.
In the varsity game, St. Mike’s committed seven turnovers to UCC’s zero. That’s a huge obstacle to overcome (especially since an interception was returned for a touchdown to open the scoring) and the Kerry Blues were probably fortunate that they only lost to the Blues by a score of 22-10.
The UCC victory avenged a 19-18 loss against the same team on Oct. 5 and improved the Blues’ record to three wins and a loss while St. Mike’s fell to a .500 record with two wins and two losses.
The Blues took a 14-10 lead into halftime and added eight more points in the second half to lock up the victory.
“It was a total team effort,” said coach David Brown after the game. “We played hard the whole way through.
“We didn’t turn the ball over and got some key turnovers. Special teams contained them.”
UCC will host St. Andrew’s College (SAC) in its next game. The Blues defeated the Saints in Aurora earlier this season and this match could decide first place.
The junior varsity version of the “Battle of the Blues” preceded the varsity game, and in this one UCC came out on the losing end of a 27-14 decision to its opponents from a few blocks to the southwest.
“The boys showed a lot of character in coming back from a large deficit,” said junior varsity coach Mario Sturino.
“Our defence played very well all game. Big game on offence by Alex Hickman, who had three long runs and one touchdown, and a great touchdown catch by Robert Peri.”
UCC’s junior varsity team has a 2-1 record and will host SAC on Oct. 22, playing a team it beat 18-14 on the road on Oct. 1.