#CFC50 Game of the Week PREVIEW (SK): South Side Supremacy will be decided tonight at Mosaic Stadium

CFC50 Leboldus Golden Suns vs. Campbell Tartans

Wednesday, September 20th at 5:30pm, New Mosaic Stadium in Regina

It’s the game of the week and it’s arguably the game of the year in Saskatchewan. The Campbell Tartans and #CFC50 Leboldus Golden Suns are the perennial powerhouse programs in Saskatchewan and this year is no different. Both teams will enter the clash sitting pretty at 2-0. The Tartans are fresh off a team rallying 28-27 victory against Riffel, a loss that knocked the Royals outside of the #CFC50. After trailing the entire contest, Campbell LB Jaxon Ford punted the ball through the end zone for a rogue to give his team the lead with 24 seconds left in the ball game. Meanwhile, the Suns are off to a slower start, something that you don’t see often from this program. While they’re currently undefeated, they experienced a bit of a scare against Winston Knoll in week one, squeaking by the Wolverines narrowly 35-30.

New Mosaic Stadium in Regina will host this storied rivalry for the first time tonight and the fans inside the beautiful new facility will be in for a treat. Despite the Sun’s recent dominance over the Tartans, expect tonight’s installment of the matchup to be a close one.

The rivalry between these two high schools is natural. They reside only a couple blocks apart, and the kids grew up playing against each other. When you consider the Suns and Tartans have met in the three of the past four Schwann Conference championship games, it’s understandable why this matchup has reached its current magnitude.

“Leboldus versus Campbell is a classic around Regina high school football. It’s a very important and highly anticipated game for our school and anyone that’s played football for Leboldus. The vibe around the school is up to another level, everyone gets excited and into it and especially this year because it should be such a competitive game.” adds #CFC100 Suns quarterback Josh Donnelly.

Donnelly will look to kickstart the Suns season into another gear starting tonight. Their reputation as one of the most dominant teams in the nation has been questioned by some so far this season due to their uncharacteristically slow start. Nevertheless, they have top end talent all across the board, and that talent is capable of elevating this team to the level we have seen from this program in past seasons.

“I think we have a very different group this year. We’re quite young compared to recent years, so I think just playing each game will continue to help us. Offensively, I think we just need to capitalize on the opportunities that present themselves. Whether it be our efficiency in the red zone or converting on 2nd down, the biggest thing is being able to capitalize.” says Donnelly.

Donnelly in action in 2016 with the Sun. Photo Credit: Just Sports Photography

Donnelly is currently leading the Schwann Conference with 568 yards passing through 2 games. He’s one of Canada’s top high school quarterbacks for a reason, and expect his performance this season to continue to elevate.

Campbell is coming off an impressive defensive performance against Riffel, intercepting Royals quarterback Avery Wagner six times, including a hat-trick of picks for grade 11 DB Drew Lawrence. This group will hope for a similar result against the Suns tonight but will face a tough task shutting down Donnelly, along with talented Suns receiver Dominique Dheilly. Senior LB’s Josh White and Jaxon Ford, who both starred on Team Saskatchewan’s Canada Cup team are the standouts for this defense and will each be counted on heavily.

“Our game plan is to confuse their offence and we’ll have special formations to counter theirs” notes Josh White.

“The win would be huge for us. It’s homecoming, it’s the ‘South Side Supremacy’ game. It’s like any other game but there more behind it because of the homecoming atmosphere. We’d love to end their undefeated legacy.” adds White.

White leading out Team Saskatchewan at the 2017 Canada Cup. Photo Credit: Richard Dheilly

On the offensive side of the ball, Campbell will look to their own talented pass catcher to lead their offense. Senior receiver Bennett Stusek will be the main target for Matt Rivers who has found Stusek early and often, connecting 10 times for 166 yards, including three touchdowns through two games.

The Suns winning ways against the Tartans are irrelevant coming into this game. Both programs are extremely confident in their ability to win this football game. Saying it’ll be a must watch is simply an understatement. If you’re a football fan and live in the Regina area, get on over to Mosaic tonight for this epic rivalry.

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