AFL: Familiar foes prepare for rematch in Fredericton

Down, but certainly not out, the University of New Brunswick Red Bombers will look to grab a share of the league lead when they host the Holland College Hurricanes Football Club this weekend.

The Red Bombers’ (2-1) lone defeat came at the hands of the Hurricanes (3-0), who erupted for 19 points in the second quarter of last weekend’s 29-18 win.

Now that every team has played each other once, the road to a championship will be much more difficult. The key will be polishing an established system and executing it at a high level, said head coach Kyle Quinlan.

“It will be a great challenge this week going up against an angry Red Bombers team on their home turf. Both teams will be more familiar with personnel, so it will come down to executing when it counts.”

A win on Saturday would put the Hurricanes in prime position for home field advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.

Knowing what’s at stake, Quinlan said he hopes to see a driven team wanting to get better.

“I hope to see a hungry Hurricanes team that is not satisfied with our effort last weekend. We have a lot to clean up in all three phases, so I need our guys to realize that and have the drive and focus to improve.”

In order to compete in this matchup, the Hurricanes will have to keep the chains moving on offence, while containing a powerful Red Bombers’ offence that recorded 10 plays of at least 15 yards last week.

“Fredericton is a talented football team and they have been getting the big play all season,” he said. “We will need to stay the course defensively and play with discipline in our scheme in order to limit those big plays.”

The two teams will square off on Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. at the BMO Centre in Fredericton.

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