As quickly as they disposed of the Hamilton Hurricanes on Sunday, members of the Sault Sabercats varsity team turned their attention to the Brantford Bisons, and Round 1 of the Ontario Football Conference playoffs.

The Sabercats, 37-6 winners over the Hurricanes at Tim Hortons Field, the Bisons and the Waterloo Predators all finished the regular season atop the West Division with identical 6-1-1 (wins, losses, ties) records.

Once the OFC’s tie-breaking rules were implemented, Waterloo finished first, followed by the Sault.

The Cats are slated to entertain the third-place Bisons on Saturday, with game time at Superior Heights yet to be decided.

“It’ll be a good game. They’re a really-good team,” Cats head coach Matt Premo said of the Bisons, a club his team defeated 41-38 on May 18 here.

Brantford opened a 24-0 lead before the game was nine minutes old.

But the Cats rallied under a steady rain, coming all the way back from a 38-16 deficit with just six minutes remaining.

“We’re where we want to be,” said Premo. “We’re definitely happy with our record this season.”

However, the coach wasn’t as happy over the lack of discipline his players showed in Hamilton.

Despite scoring 30 unanswered points to secure the victory, Premo said he wanted to see his players show more discipline as they get ready for post-season action.

“It was a chippy game and we had a lack of discipline from our guys,” the coach added. “But we are happy to get the win.”

Running back Nick Pagnotta and slotback Tyler Brechin had two majors each for the winners. Statistics were not recorded and Premo estimated Pagnotta scored on an 80-yard kick-off return and a 55-yard rush from scrimmage.

The coach credited Brechin with a three-yard touchdown run and a 30-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Jordan Robinson Wright.

Carter Harrison, on a one-yard plunge, had the other major while Cole Tasz booted what was estimated to be a 20-yard field goal and four converts.

“Defensively it was a good overall effort,” said Premo, whose team got a two-interception performance from Gabe Spina. “Pagnotta ran really well and we were happy with the play from our offensive line.”

Written by: Peter Ruicci
Date: July 14th, 2019
Publication: The Sault Star
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