OVFL GAME PREVIEW: JV Warriors, Bulldogs clash once again this season

The Mississauga Warriors look to even the score against Brampton, while the Bulldogs aim to end their two-game losing streak in this meeting of Peel rivals

It took seven weeks to do so, but the Junior Varsity Mississauga Warriors finally picked up their first win of the season. After the win, the Warriors feel as if a weight was lifted off the team. The result has lightened the mood within the team, and the players are excited to move on to their next opponent.

With the win, the Warriors are hoping they can utilize the confidence and strong play against a tough Bulldogs rival. What the win was able to do for the Warriors was give them the confidence they need to compete with other teams in the league

The Brampton Bulldogs has been one of the most formidable teams within the OVFL this season. The Bulldogs have amassed a 4-2 record and have averaged 38 points a game. However, the last two weeks have not been that great for Brampton, as they have lost their last two. Despite Brampton’s current streak, Warriors’ Head Coach Mike Parsons is sure their Week 8 opponent will be focused and possess a certain level of anticipation with their second game against Mississauga.

“I think after losing two in a row, their coaches have focused them in order to get them ready.   I think they’ll be focused heading into this game. Hopefully, they will be worried about other things, but that’s a good football team and if they come focused they will give us a good run again.”

With two games remaining in the regular season, the Brampton Bulldogs are still jockeying for position within the Adam’s Conference. Brampton is still in position to obtain one of the top two seeds in the conference but is still competing with the other teams that currently have playoff spots.

The Sunday game between the two teams will be the second time the Bulldogs and Warriors will face off this season. The last time the two teams met, Brampton was able to win the game running away. Because of the familiarity between the two teams, Parsons believes there will be opportunities for his Warriors to exploit certain matchups, but he also acknowledged that it will come down to their best players against his.

The Warriors will also have to deal with the challenge of not having their starting quarterback Austin Reid in the lineup as he is currently with Team Ontario. Mississauga will move forward with their backup quarterbacks and Parsons is confident that whichever quarterback he inserts into the lineup will do a serviceable job. Right now for the Warriors, their main concern is making sure that they have a good week of practice so their preparation is where it needs to be.

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