31,185 fans turned out to support their ’Cudas as they tried to avenge their loss to the Ti-Cats last Saturday in Steel Town. The 93°F heat proved to be too much as Birmingham out gunned Hamilton in a touchdown filled, high scoring affair. Tiger‐Cat kicker Paul Osbaldiston opened the scoring with a 35 yard field goal but the lead quickly evaporated as Barracuda QB Matt Dunigan threw a TD pass to Delius Morris; Franco Grilla converted. Dunigan took the ball in himself from the 1-yard line later in the quarter and the point after by Grilla was good. With time running out in the quarter Osbaldiston rounded out his scoring for the night by hitting a 17 yard field goal. The second quarter belonged to Birmingham. Grilla hit a 26 yard field goal and Matt Dunigan threw twice to Marcus Grant for touchdowns of 45 and 70 yards respectively. Grilla again converted both of these TDs. The ’Cudas defence got on the board in the third quarter as Fernando Thomas intercepted a Mike Kerrigan pass and returned it 41 yards for the score. After hitting the extra point, Franco Grilla had two field goal attempts later in the third quarter. He made good on the first one from 31 yards and missed a 38 yarder but notched a single. Hamilton got on the board late in the third quarter on a 25 yard pass play from Anthony Calvillo to Earl Winfield. Calvillo threw to Lee Knight for a two-point convert. Dunigan threw his fourth TD pass of the night to Jason Phillips and Grilla booted his sixth extra point. Hamilton punter Hank Ilesic conceded a safety to make Birmingham’s final score 51. Hamilton made a fourth quarter charge with Calvillo hitting on two TD passes. One for 28 yards to Knight and the other for 10 yards to Kelvin Means. They recorded their second two-point conversion as Calvillo threw to Frank Marof. The late surge proved to be too little as Birmingham avenged their earlier loss with a win 51 to 28.
|7:00 PM||Heavy Rain||27.0°C||N (30°) at 3 km/h||77%||101.61 kPa|
|8:00 PM||Heavy Rain||26.1°C||N (20°) at 5 km/h||84%||101.61 kPa|
|9:00 PM||Partly Cloudy||25.5°C||NNE (300°) at 8 km/h||86%||101.64 kPa|
|10:00 PM||Partly Cloudy||24.8°C||N (30°) at 6 km/h||90%||101.62 kPa|
|11:00 PM||Clear||24.5°C||N (50°) at 6 km/h||88%||101.59 kPa|
Data from Dark Sky. Estimated conditions.