OVFL GAME PREVIEW: Varsity Warriors, Bulldogs take the field on Sunday night

The Varsity Mississauga Warriors take on rival Brampton in an effort to right the ship as the playoffs near.

In Varsity OVFL action, the Mississauga Warriors and the Brampton Bulldogs get set in their second meeting of 2016 for Sunday night. Although Mississauga always looks forward to taking on their neighbor to the north, the Warriors come into this game looking for effective play as they aim to stay alive in the playoff hunt down the stretch.

After winning three games in a row, Mississauga has lost their last two games, including the last one they dropped on the road to the Hamilton Ironmen. Despite the recent struggles, Warriors’ Head Coach Lucas Cenedese believes there is good energy on the team as the Warriors look forward to playing Sunday.

“Win or loss, we look at each game as a learning experience. For us, it’s understanding that those big plays can happen at any time. You can outplay an opponent for the majority of the game, but those mental lapses can kill you.”

In a game in which the Warriors will be naturally excited about due to the opponent, Cenedese is preparing his team for a tough game because of what this one means to both teams from a pride perspective and its impact in the standings.

“They should be excited, especially when you add in the Brampton rivalry factor as well with the game. At the same time, we need to control our emotions and reduce the amount of penalties we take.”

Although the Warriors were able to defeat the Bulldogs in their Week 4 matchup, preparing for the Bulldogs is always a tough task because of how well the two teams know each other.

“It’s very hard to beat a team twice in one year. Typically you don’t play the same team twice in the regular season, you get that more in the playoffs. These guys are loaded with athletes and I expect them to come out and try and shut down our run game because we had success with the run in the last game.”

For the Warriors, they will be keying in on neutralizing the Bulldogs kick return game to limit the effectiveness of their athletes. Also, adjusting to the changes Brampton will make early in the game will be important for the Warriors so they do not fall behind early.

Aside from the rivalry factor that will go into this game, Brampton and Mississauga will be playing under the lights on Sunday night, providing an atmosphere that is sure to have everyone involved buzzing.

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