OVFL GAME PREVIEW: JV Warriors aim to display improvement after bye

After a close battle in Week 1, the Junior Varsity Mississauga Warriors will look to take what they have learned from their first game and utilize the information to get better.

Coming into the season, Warriors’ Head Coach Mike Parsons was quite adamant on the team’s main goal for the year, and that was to show a strong level of competitiveness in every game.

Despite a 16-14 loss to the Etobicoke Eagles in the first game, Parsons is quite pleased by what he had seen in the season opener.

“Our defense did a spectacular job playing against one of the best running teams in the province. Our offense had its starts and fits, but we kept competing. So I was very pleased with the overall competition effort by our team out there.”

Seeing that the Warriors display some strong qualities, Parsons is now looking to have the players put things together in order to reach their potential and show improvement.

With the Warriors on their bye in Week 2, it will be a chance for Mississauga to rest from game action, but also an opportunity for the Warriors to get some necessary work in. With a couple of new receivers added to the roster, Parsons is keen on having the offense show more steadiness.

“Offensively, we were not consistent, so we’re working on our pass game and offensive line blocking scheme. That’s something we need to clean up.”

The Warriors’ passing game expects to get a boost the next time they take the field. Aside from more receivers joining the team, Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ receiver Giovanni Aprile came to Warriors’ practice to offer his expertise to the receiving core and to speak to the team about his football experiences.

“It’s just good to talk to the kids about what it takes to get to the CFL. He was working with the receivers giving them little hints on how to run their patterns and how to set up the defensive backs. Guys like that are invaluable and they are great for the kids to see,” says Parsons during practice.

The next game for the Warriors will take place in Week 3 against the 1-0 London Mustangs. London is coming off of a victory against the Cambridge Lions in Week 2 and will look to continue their momentum in Mississauga this week.

Expecting a tough matchup from the Mustangs, Parsons is relying on discipline and efficient play moving forward.

“The team is unbelievably well coached. Last year they ran a very good running system, so we have to be very clean on our run fits. They especially like to run the cutback run, so we need to be very clean on that.”

In last year’s matchup, the Warriors had some success running the ball. However, the team will look to implement a more balanced and efficient passing attack to keep London off balance.

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