OVFL GAME PREVIEW: JV Warriors travel to Windsor in search of first win of the season

After suffering another loss, the Junior Varsity Warriors are searching for their first win of the season against Essex, as Mississauga will travel to the University of Windsor this weekend.

The last couple of weeks has been extremely tough for the Mississauga Warriors. In their last two games, the Warriors have let their opponents score a combined 99 points while only putting up 14 during that same span. This week, the Warriors will be taking on the Essex Ravens, and are aiming to pick up their first win of the season. In order to achieve that goal, Head Coach of the Junior Varsity Warriors Mike Parsons believes his team needs to play more inspired football.

“I think a win would help them feel better about their development and their progress as players, but the kids have to be self-motivated. And if winning isn’t coming, they got to find the fire from within.”

With two big losses in back to back weeks, the Warriors’ coaching staff felt it necessary to shake things up a little during practice this week to try and give their team a little jolt. However, Parsons and the rest of his staff are concerned that what they have implemented will only have a limited effect due to absences from players at various moments. Despite this setback, the coaches have made it clear to the players that they are only looking to work with the players that show the necessary dedication to the team.

“We’ve made some changes with personnel and shifting guys around. But as I said earlier, when we get to practice, some of the guys are not practicing, so we can only practice with who is here. I think one of our coaches was spot on with the message, we just want the guys here who want to play football.”

As the season progresses, things will not get any easier for Mississauga as they get ready to face a team that is 3-1 and has averaged nearly 30 points a game this season.

“They are a good club with a great quarterback who throws the ball very well,” says Parsons. “I also expect that they will look for an advantage and the seize whatever opportunity they come across.”

The Warriors know they will be taking on another strong team in their conference but believe they match up well with the Ravens in certain spots that will help give them an edge they need to compete on Saturday.

Another positive aspect the Warriors will be using as motivation in their game against the Ravens this week is the fact that in 2015 the Warriors beat Essex on their home field. Mississauga will look for similar success in their 2016 matchup. However, they understand the Ravens will have extra incentive to take care of business at home considering recent events between the two teams.

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