CFC OVFL Game of the Week Preview: “We have to make sure to force them to the outside”

The Ottawa Myers Riders are picking up where they left off last season by putting up some huge numbers in 2014.

Coming off a 44-4 victory last weekend, the Myers Riders are 3-0 this season.

The Myers Riders have amassed a league leading 877 passing yards, and is third in rushing with 598 yards on the ground and 12 rushing touchdowns. The team leads the league with 155 points scored.

But their defence has been strong as well.

“Our front 7 has been really strong,” says Myers Riders Head Coach Max Palladino.

Palladino notes that the key for his defence has been putting pressure on the quarterback and forcing the pivot to make “blind passes.”

Myers has seven interceptions on the season and had four last weekend against Cornwall.

Linebackers Brad Herbst and Abed Hamidi have been a big part of Myers’ strong defence. Both players’ quickness and lateral movement have been key for the run stopping game.

This weekend, the varsity Myers Riders host a formidable challenger in the Metro Toronto Wildcats (2-1).

“Metro Toronto have some good running backs,” says Palladino. “We have to make sure to force them to the outside and get our front 4 on the quarterback.”

After enjoying a bye week the junior varsity Myers Riders will play this weekend.

The team is 2-0 due to a very potent running game so far this season. Jalla Lansanah and Brian Franklin have split the carries this season.

“We have a lot of depth at running back,” says Myers Riders junior varsity Head Coach Matt Kassner, “We have the luxury of being able to trust all of our backs right now.”

Kassner notes that Myers’ stong running game could shore up more room in the passing game.

Meanwhile, Myers’ defence has been led by defensive backs Dan Turenne and Max Lavellee. Kassner also notes that linebackers Antoine Seguin and Daniel Porter have also been key players for them

The Myers junior varsity team will face a winless Metro Toronto Wildcats team in this weekend’s action.

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