Undefeated streak finished

OVFL JV:  Cambridge Lions end Mississauga Warriors undefeated streak.

The Junior Varsity Cambridge Lions handed the Mississauga Warriors their first loss in two seasons, 35-23.

“It was a great game; we played outstanding,” said Lions Head Coach Gary Skalos.

With the win,  the Lions are 5-1 on the season.

The Lion’s offense were impressive as the team started out strong  with four touchdowns in the first half to go up 28-2.

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Running back Alex Salytchev led the offensive attack with 178 yards and scored a major.

“He was a workhorse,” said Skalos of Slaytchev.

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Wide receiver Brayden Hill had 40 receiving yards and scored a major. Also, in one play where he switched positions to quarterback, he was able throw a 38 yard bomb to  receiver George Monaghan IV.

To this point, Monaghan IV may only have 7 receptions, but 6 were for touchdowns.

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The  Lions squad wouldn’t have been able to secure this victory without the solid performance of  their offensive line.

“Our offensive line was the story; they just demanded and we were able to score four touchdowns,” said Skalos.

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In only 4 completions, Lions quarterback Mitch Weiler gained 62 yards, adding both a touchdown in the air and on the ground.  Weiler not only started at the quarterback position but also played safety in the game.

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The defensive unit were very physical yet effective.

“It was as we couldn’t have been more prepared and the players went out and executed,” said Skalos.

The Lions physicality was present from the first drive, with linebacker Devin Keeling making a huge hit to open the game. He continued to have a solid performance as he racked up 11 combined tackles and a sack.

“He makes plays and he played really well,” noted Skalos on Keeling.

Defensive back Cody Jones, had six combined tackles, two batted balls and an interception. Linebacker Brayden Ralph had 10 combined tackles, a fumble recovery and batted ball.  Weiler amassed  six tackles and three batted balls.

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Overall, the Lions had played a great game handed the Warriors not only their first loss of the season but also the first one in two years.

Skalos hopes the team can continue to ride this momentum into the rest of the regular season and into the playoffs.

“From a team perspective we get two games left and getting a chance to be Mississauga on their field,” said Skalos.  “It’s going to make us feel invincible,’ said Skalos.

This upcoming weekend, the Lions will take on the Pickering Dolphins at home on their adopted field at the University of Waterloo this Saturday. Kickoff is at 3:30pm.

“Pickering is going to be so much fun, I can’t wait,” said Skalos.

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