Crushing defeat

OVFL: Metro Toronto Wildcats lose season opener

The Varsity Toronto Metro Wildcats suffered a disappointing loss this Saturday against the Oshawa Hawkeyes. It was a close game with the final score sitting at 14-6.

Metro Toronto had issues from the start with the Hawkeyes strong running game. However, the defensive backs including no. 6 Trevelle Wisdom were able to stop Oshawa’s passing game efficiently. Wisdom tallied four tackles and one interception, while linebacker no. 55 William James finished the game with seven tackles and one forced fumble. When asked what the best part of the game, Head Coach Frank Panos said, “Our D held the opponent to under 17 points.”

Defensive tackle MTW

Quarterback Brett Stein had a good first outing throwing for 107 yards and went 14 for 19 attempts. Running backs Jordan Richards and Marvin Gaynor led the rushers with 37 yards, while no. 7 Trivel Pinto made his highly anticipated debut with the varsity team and did not disappoint. Pinto had five catches for 62 yards, but was unable to get his first touchdown of the year.

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Although it was a close game, there were some clashes between the Wildcats and the officials. In the fourth quarter, bad penalties cost the Wildcats field position, and the Hawkeyes were able to take advantage. Coach Panos commented on the officiating saying, “It was the worst officiated game I have been a part of in fifteen years. Incredibly one-sided.”

No. 9 Brett Stein

Not to downplay Oshawa, their defense did a good job at slowing down the Toronto offense. Meanwhile, they had a couple of great players of their own in running back, no. 23 Ryan Dixon and receiver no. 33 Edwin Rivera Jr.

No. 7 Trivel Pinto

It was a tough first loss, but the Wildcats will be back in action this Saturday as they take on Sault Ste. Marie at Ester Shiner Stadium. Kickoff will be at 7:00PM.

*All photos by Hannah McGregor

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