Shutout victory

OVFL JV:  Cambridge Lions stay undefeated with victory over London Jr. Mustangs

The Junior Varsity Cambridge Lions defeated the London Mustangs in a commanding fashion, 41-0.

At TD Waterhouse Stadium, the Lions played a well balanced game.

“We played well in all three phases of the game,” said Lions head coach Gary Skalos.

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The Lions’ offense had another stellar game. Starting out strong, the Lions were able to jump out to a 19-0 lead at halftime. Leading the offense, in his second OVFL game was quarterback Mitch Weiler as he was a force on the field and in the huddle.

“(Mitch) led exactly the way I knew he would; a strong leader,” says Skalos.

Overall, Mitch had a strong statistical game adding a touchdown to his 146 passing yards.

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George Monaghan IV pulled in a pass that led to a 47 yard touchdown reception.

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The Lions could not be contained on the field. As a unit, the Lions had 280 rushing yards. Alex Salytchev turned in a solid performance with 109 yards on ten carries and added a major. It was also a big day for leading rusher Danyel Sipes who had 125 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground.

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However, this Lions’ success came from their offensive line.

The offensive line gave us a lot of what we need to get,” said Skalos.  “I challenged them before the game and they performed.”

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On defense, the Lions had a great game as a unit.

“They rolled through all personnel,” said Skalos. “They continued to bend but not break.”

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Another key player was defensive back Klay De-gannes who had an interception in the third quarter.

“That put the nail in the coffin ” said Skalos.

Defensive linemen, Jordan Burrell also had a great game

“He was a wall of football,” said Skalos.  “He was intimidating, did everything he could do and a great leader.”

Additionally, The Lions had success on special teams.

“It’s a crucial part of the game,” said Skalos. “Nathan McLean gave us great field position all night.”

“To have a guy who can place the ball on the 10, 15 or the 5 yard line, wherever we need, night in and night out is a weapon.”

McLean was good on 4 of 5 PAT’s and had a successful attempt on his second field goal of the season. In addition, Brandon Metz was an ace on the punt return, which he capped off with a stellar 48 yard return.

Overall, the Lions were happy to come out on top.

“We rushed the heck out of it,” said Skalos, “Speed kills and were an extremely fast team.”

Next week, the Lions will take on the Halton Cowboys at home on Friday.  Kickoff is at 8pm.

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