OPC Minor Game Preview (TEAM CENTRAL): “The key matchup will be how they match up against our speed, how we match up against their size”

The countdown begins to CanadaFootballChat.com Ontario Prospect Challenge on the May 1st weekend.  In the days leading up to OPC, CFC will preview the teams, coaches and players participating in the big event.

On Saturday afternoon at TD Place in Ottawa, the Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) will kick off with Team Central visiting Team East in the Minor game.

Game start is 1:00PM EST



While Team Central is anticipating a formidable battle against their opponents, Roberto “Bubba” Allen will experience a first in his coaching journey.

“We are just looking forward to a great game,” commented the Team Central Head Coach.  “It’s my first time coaching against an Ottawa team at this age level, so it should be fun.”

As Team Central’s composition is top talent from the region, Allen said that it’s a toss-up as to who will emerge as main contributors on game day.

“This is an All-Star team, the best of the best, so at any given time or moment, anyone of these kids can and will step up and make big plays for us, offensively and defensively,” elaborated Allen.

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As for both team’s offences, Allen assessed the differing styles of play that each team will bring to the field on Saturday. Moreover, he is confident that Team Central will be successful in containing Team East’s game execution.

“Offensively, we are definitely going to put the ball in our game breakers hands,” offered Allen.  “Whether that be lining them up in the backfield or spreading them out and creating a mismatch,”

“Offensively, Ottawa teams are accustomed to passing, so we are prepared for that.”

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Furthermore, there will be vary defensive schemes from each team – Team Central will key in on their physicality while Team East hopes to seize opportunity.

“Defensively, we are going to use our speed and athleticism and get after the ball,” elaborated Allen.  “Defensively for them, they will be fundamentally sound, being in the right place at the right time and they will definitely be a good tackling team.”

Overall, one key battle could determine the outcome of this game.

“The key matchup will be how they match up against our speed and how we match up against their size,” evaluated Allen.

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Ultimately, Team Central comes into this game with one objective in mind.

“Our goal is to win the game,” commented Allen.  “Execute and be efficient on offense, use our speed and on defense, be discipline but aggressive and fly to the ball.”

If history has shown anything to Allen, he expects this to be a stiff, competitive contest this weekend.

“I think it’s going to be a great game,” expressed Allen.  “Football is great out in Ottawa, players are coached well, very technical and skilled full.”

“We’ve had some great battles over the years, especially in the OVFL at all age groups and I expect nothing different in this game.”

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