#CFC50 game preview (SK): Undefeated No. 4 Golden Suns go to battle against Royals

The #CFC50 No. 4 Leboldus Golden Suns will go to battle against their conference rival, the Riffel Royals on Friday.

Last week the Royals were “triumphant” in defending the Rochdale Bowl against the Winston Knoll Wolverines.

“Film showed us that we are improving, but still need to work on cleaning up some techniques and skills,” said Royals Head Coach Derek Pilon. “This week we are focusing on our weak points that we have seen on film and trying to progress for this week’s game against Leboldus.”

Currently, they sit at 4-1 and are in second place in the Schwann Conference. They have avoided the injury bug so far this season, other than some aches and pains, and had a good week of practice.

“The team is focused on getting better and competing hard in every drill,” said Pilon. “We understand this week is a big game for us and we want to perform better than we did the last time we played Leboldus.”

They know that they need to contain the Golden Suns’ QB, Josh Donnelly.

“He leads the league in passing yards and passing touchdowns,” said Pilon. “We will need to hopefully get pressure on him and make him uncomfortable in the pocket. They also have a really good running back in Semba, who we need to tackle and not allow to get into open space.”

There are a handful of defensive players on the opposing team that the Royals will have to deal with as well.

“Nick Cross is one of the best players in the country and is very noticeable on game film,” said Pilon. “He is very aggressive and instinctive on every play. We will definitely need to know where he is every snap on offence. They have a very skilled defensive core with guys like Varga, Zimmerman, Moore, Probe and Miguisha. They are all athletic and will make plays if given the chance.”

The Royals are aware of what they need to do to have a chance of winning.

“Win the turnover battle, field position and time of possession,” said Pilon. “Last game we did not win any of those three areas. They controlled the ball most of the game, caused turnovers and played on our side of the 55-yard line most of the game. We can’t expect to beat a team like Leboldus not controlling any of those three categories.”

#22 Kyle Borsa (photo credit: BRYAN SCHLOSSER / REGINA LEADER-POST)

The Royals have #CFC100 Kyle Borsa on their team. “He is very dynamic, not only at running back, but has returned for us and plays on defence,” said Pilon.

On the other side of the football field, the Leboldus Golden Suns have been firing on all cylinders so far this season. They are first in the Schwann Conference with a record of 6-0.

“Our team has been great all year, as far as focus, attitude and execution,” said Golden Suns Head Coach John Foord. “No real surprises, just solid veteran leadership and a united team.  Last week’s game vs. O’Neill was 56-12 and lots of positives on all three phases of the game. All team members saw significant playing time which will continue to build our team and program. We are doing the same things we always do to prepare for our next opponent: film work, practice and improve on our execution.”

The Golden Suns have had a productive week of practice, and their key players have been able to stay healthy thus far.

According to Foord, they need to “play fast and aggressive” to stop the Royals’ offence. On the flip side, they know what is required to attack their defence effectively.

“We will stay within our systems and attempt to execute at a very high level,” said Foord. Coach Foord expects all of his players to “step up in this game.” And there are a few things that the Golden Suns need to do in order to win.

“Execution, winning the turnover battle and limiting penalties against,” said Foord.

#CFC100 Nick Cross (photo credit: ALEC SALLOUM / REGINA LEADER-POST)

There are a couple players on the Golden Suns who have the distinction of being on the #CFC100 list, and they are Nick Cross and Semba Mbasela.

The Golden Suns are the home team in this week’s matchup against the Royals which takes place on Friday, Oct. 14 at 5:15pm at Leibel Field.



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