CFC OVFL Game of the Week Preview: “We are excited to test our secondary”

Week 2 of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL) varsity season saw another loss for the Hamilton Ironmen, largely due to a rough second half. Inconsistency has been the story of the season thus for the squad, as they have had trouble playing solid football for a full sixty minutes and making things harder on themselves.

“We once again showed some promise but a bad second half cost us the game,” said rookie Head Coach Kyle Quinlan. “Offensively, we executed for a few series but were once again to inconsistent and left our defence out there too long, especially in the second half.”

Quinlan explained that it was the physicality of a pair of exceptional and bruising running backs for the Etobicoke Eagles eventually wore the down the teams defence.

Despite dropping to 0-2 on the season, the team still showed signs of improvement in their second week and will look to keep that trend going as they look ahead to week three where they take on the Brampton Bulldogs, a team led by highly touted young quarterback.

“We are excited to test our secondary against one of the top young quarterback prospects in the province,” said Quinlan.

While the team maintains a positive outlook on what is still a young season, they need to find ways to get into the win column sooner rather than later, a fact they are not shying away from.

“We are well aware of our schedule being back end loaded,” Quinlan said. “So these early losses will certainly have an impact on our playoff chances.”

You can catch the Ironmen take on the Bulldogs in week three action on at 4:00pm on June 8th at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton.

JV Ironmen improve to 2-0 after doubling up on Eagles

Led by a trio of touchdown passes by quarterback Alex DiPietro and a 131 yards rushing on just 16 attempts from running back Isaiah Joseph, the junior varsity Ironmen improved to 2-0 on the season.

Not to be outdone by his offensive counterparts, defensive back Joe O’Brien was huge on defence for the Ironmen with three interceptions and a sack to go with four solo tackles.

The junior varsity squad now looks to stay undefeated on the 2014 season as they host the 1-1 Brampton Bulldogs in week three. The Bulldogs are coming off a tough 34-21 loss at the hands of the Cambridge Lions and will be looking to get back to their winning ways when they visit Hamilton.

The duel between the Ironmen and Bulldogs is set for a 1:00 kickoff at at Ron Joyce Stadium.

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