The varsity Sudbury Gladiators led the Huronia Stallions 20-17 at half, on the road.
But the home team staged a grand comeback versus the local Ontario Football Conference product, scoring three touchdowns in the final eight minutes of the game, securing a 41-20 win over the Gladiators.
And now the Gladiators are 1-3 on the season.
“We had a couple of chances to close out the game, but they put up three touchdowns quickly and we lost the wind in our sails,” Gladiators head coach Aaron Rehel said. “We had a couple chances to punch it in but we just didn’t close like we did the game before.”
Nicholas Rideout scored two touchdowns off punt returns, and receiver Brad Patterson hauled in another.
“We have to learn how to finish off a team,” Rehel said. “We were up 20-7 at halftime and we allowed a lot of points in the second half. It’s a matter of pressing through, freshen off and go into next week.”
The Gladiators return to action on Saturday in Week 6 play, hosting Oshawa at 5 p.m. at James Jerome Sports Complex.
“They’re going to be a competitive team,” Rehel said. “I don’t know much about them but we’ve got to show a little bit more this weekend.
Original Article By:
The Sudbury Star
Date: June 25th, 2018