Soaring into playoffs

OVFL:  Eagles shutout Bucs and look ahead to first round playoff game against Warriors.

The Etobicoke Eagles were back in action again this past weekend as they faced the Newmarket Bucs.

The Eagles who have been determined throughout the entire season fought hard for a playoff spot. With many close games this season, the Eagles were ready to dominate the competition.

As a result, the Eagles shutout the Bucs 57-0.

This game was an oppportunity for the Eagles to prepare for their playoff appearance this upcoming weekend. In their game against the Bucs,  the team had a handful of players who stood up and provided leadership and talent on the field.

Offensively, rookie running back Donald Shaw led the way with 6 carries for 73  rushing yards (an average of  over 12 yards per carry) and was called upon for many crucial first downs. Having a strong run game allowed the offense to take advantage of the opposition.

After a few big runs, the Eagles were able to air the ball out and take advantage of Bucs’ defensive backs. The longest play of the game came from receiver Immanuel Archer who hauled in a pass and took it 97 yards for a touchdown score.

Head coach Chivase Bryan is proud of his team and is looking ahead to the playoffs.

“Offensively we have to continue to run the ball and get the ball to our playmakers,” said Bryan.

The Eagles offense was hard to stop due to their defensive unit.  Leading the team this week was DJ Panos as he tallied 11 solo tackles and a knocked down pass. His leadership on the field played a crucial role in the Eagles win.   Moreover, safety Treshaun Wright was all over the field and picked off the opposition for a 22 yard pick six.

Next week the Eagles will face the Mississauga Warriors in the first round of the OVFL playoffs. The Warriors will have starting quarterback Nate Hobbs back in time for the game.  Therefore, the Eagles will have to be on point and prepared to stop the pass game.

“With the return of their starting quarterback our defensive backs have to be ball hawks,” said Bryan.

The Eagles have a game plan set and are prepared for a tough battle this upcoming weekend in round one of the playoffs.

“Beating Mississauga for a second time this season will allow us to renew a rivalry that has been strong since 1999” Coach Chivase tells us. Look for a close fight between two very determined teams this coming weekend.



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