CFC OFC Playoff Preview: “The one thing that has killed us is going into games thinking we’re already beat”

The Sudbury Gladiators of the Ontario Football Conference (OFC)  wrapped up regular season with a 24-7 victory over the Nipissing Wild.

With the victory, the Gladiators end the regular season with a 5-2-1 record.

Devin Chenier scored on a 12-yard touchdown reception.  He has been a continual contributor for the Gladiators this season due to his running ability.

“This year my role on the Gladiators has been to make big plays on offence and special teams,” said Chenier. “So far I believe I have been contributing to my team by making those big plays in key situations such as extending drives or when we needed some momentum on offence.”

The slotback is known for his lengthy runs, such as his 90 yard touchdown kickoff return back in week four.

The Thunder Bay native’s favourite thing about playing with the Gladiators is the opportunity to play in Southern Ontario because it has granted him exposure to CIS schools- something he has struggled to get back home.

“Because of the opportunities that this team has given me it has helped me reach my goal of playing CIS football next year,” added Chenier.

Devin Chenier

Chenier has seen the Gladiators’ progress throughout the season as they’ve shown continual improvement on both sides of the ball and have grown closer together as a unit.

“The one thing that has killed us this year is going into games thinking we’re already beat,” commented the Gladiators slotback. “Both games we’ve lost so far this year we were not favoured to win and we let that get the best of us.”

Overall, the Gladiators’ focus and preparedness will be the keys to their success in going deep into the postseason.

“My personal goals for the playoffs are to continue to play as I have been and get my team going and setting us up for opportunities to go all the way,” said Chenier.



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