OVFL GAME PREVIEW: Wildcats still on the prowl for first win of the season

This Saturday, the Cornwall Wildcats will be looking for their first victory of the year in their home opener against the Toronto Thunder. The 2016 OVFL season hasn’t been kind to the Wildcats thus far, they are 0-2 and have been outscored 81 to 5 along the way.

Wildcats Head Coach Kirby Camplin usually isn’t a fan of bye weeks, he believes they throw the team off kilter, but coming off a bye in week three the Wildcats used the extra rest to get back to full strength.

“You get a little bit of extra preparation, and it’s a chance for guys to get healthy, so we’ll have some guys we didn’t have against Myers or who got hurt against Myers,” said Camplin.

This week will be another measuring stick for the Wildcats as the Thunder are a historically strong program and will certainly be a tough match up, said Camplin.

Despite their rocky start, the Wildcats won’t be throwing their game plan out the window on Saturday. They will still be looking to take advantage of the skill they have on the offensive line to work the ground game.

“I still think we can run the ball, Blake Best has become a very good running back for us, he played really well against Myers,” said Camplin.

One of the positions the Wildcats will have back to full strength because of the extra rest from their bye week is Quarterback.

“I think that was one of the problems with the offence is that our starting Quarterback, Tyler Fisher had to play with an injury and that really hampered the offence and hampered him,” said Camplin.

Earlier this season, Camplin said the Wildcats have to play as a team to be successful on defense, because they don’t have a super star player but through two games Tyler Eaves, Cornwall’s boundary corner has emerged as a defensive leader and Camplin and his staff will be leaning on Eaves for another strong performance against the Thunder.

“He’s been great, one of the best athletes out there. He’s been in our system for a long time and I think he has played really well these last two weeks,” said Camplin.

Saturday is the first of four straight home games for the Wildcats and Camplin said his team is looking forward to defending their home turf and taking advantage of playing in front of a supportive crowd for the next month. Kick off is 4:00 at Joe St. Denis Field.


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