PREVIEW: “It promises to be a great night of high school football in the GTA”

Another chapter in an epic rivalry will be scripted under Friday Night Lights at Chaminade.

The Gryphons will celebrate Homecoming by hosting archrivals CFC#45 Don Bosco Eagles in Toronto District Catholic Athletic Association (TDCAA) action this week.

Anytime these two teams meet, it is a hyped up game.  It is no exception this time around and is further fuelled with the fact it will be staged at Homecoming.

“Anytime we play Don Bosco it is a big game,” commented Gryphons Head Coach Pat Diodati.  “Over the last four or five years, the rivalry between the two schools has grown to a mutual respect for each other’s program and what each has accomplished in the last few years.”

“It is not the first time we are facing each other at our Homecoming but it is the first time we are doing it under the lights so it certainly does make it a little extra special that we are playing our old foe in a “Friday Night Lights” game.”

Chaminade Gryphons

For the Gryphons to be victorious in front of the Homecoming crowd on Friday night, they need to be especially successful in one aspect of their game.

“As far as our game plan goes versus Bosco, it is pretty simple,” assessed Diodati.  “We need to match their physicality.”

“They have always been a hard noised and hard hitting team and we need to match that in order to have the outcome go our way.”

Diodati said it will take a combined team effort to defeat the Eagles and even further down the road in their quest to achieve their ultimate season goals.

“I like to look at our team as a collective unit of 32 guys all playing for each other; no one player above the other,” explained the Gryphons Head Coach.  “Our offensive and defensive line play is going to be key in terms of being physical.”

“The coaching staff at the senior level has done a tremendous job coaching our players in all areas of the game, special teams, offence and defence so we view ourselves as a team with a common goal, to win the TDCAA Championship and represent our league in the same way Bosco did last season at the OFSAA Bowl games in November.

Overall, it is expected to be an electrifying atmosphere at Homecoming.

“It is our annual Homecoming game that is very well attended, we usually get in upwards of 2000 spectators for the game and I think this year will be no different with the rivalry between the two schools,” commented Gryphons Head Coach Pat Diodati.  “It promises to be a great night of high school football in the GTA.”

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