Tritons, Knights ready for battle
Larmon’s hope is that his defenders can adjust to the Knights quickly enough before they wind up in trouble.
“The first quarter will be a feeling-out phase, and you don’t want to be down two touchdowns after the first quarter while you’re figuring them out, so you have to do it quickly,” Larmon said. “We have to figure out how they’re motioning, what kinds of sets they’re going to bring, and make adjustments accordingly.
“Those guys have played enough football that they can do that.”
One of the more intriguing matchups on Thursday will be St. Joan of Arc’s front four going up against the Nantyr Shores offensive line.
If the Knights can break through with regularity to stop the run game, things could get interesting.
“Our D-line is the strength of our team, and hopefully we can get some pressure on their quarterback and get them into second and long, which I think is going to be a key,” Nicoletta said. “Their running game is so strong and their o-line is so dominant that, in order for us to have any chance, we have to have good play from our defensive line.”
While Nantyr Shores has a number of impressive athletes carrying the ball, it isn’t afraid to air things out either, although often this season, it hasn’t really come to that.
“Sometimes, teams will focus on taking away our running game, but our throwing game, which I’d say is under-utilized, (has) a number of receivers that can catch and run with the ball after the catch,” Larmon said.
“I’m not really concerned about what they’ll try to take away from us, I’m more concerned about what we’ll do with the opportunity.”
St. Joan of Arc has some playmakers of its own, and if it can establish the run early, it might be able to spread out the excellent Tritons defence enough to put up some points.
“Offensively, I think we have to be balanced against Nantyr,” Nicoletta said. “If we can do that, we’ll have some sort of a chance.
“We need to contain their run game that (was) so dominant against Bear Creek,” Nicoletta added. “If we can get them in second and long, hopefully, we can
We’d certainly like to leave it on a high note, but either way, this is a phenomenal group and we’re proud of them, regardless.”
have a chance of winning.”
While St. Joan of Arc has won four of the last five GBSSA titles, Nantyr Shores has no senior championships to its name.
Their only football title was a junior one, earned in 2014 by many of these same players.
“When we won our championship when most of them were in Grade 10, our theme was family,” Larmon said. “My father had just passed away, so I didn’t make the semifinal game. They assured me that they’d win to get us there.
“After we won, we all huddled up and I let them know what it meant to me,” Larmon added. “This group of athletes and kids doesn’t come around very often. We’re either going to win or lose together, and that’s important.
“We’d certainly like to leave it on a high note, but either way, this is a phenomenal group and we’re proud of them, regardless.”
The contest will be played at J.C. Massie Field in Barrie beginning at 2 p.m., Thursday.
Jordan Austin of the Nantyr Shores Tritons slips his way through the Bear Creek Kodiaks defence during last week’s Simcoe County Athletic Association championship game at J.C. Massie Field in Barrie. The Tritons won, 38-0, and will now play Barrie’s St. Joan of Arc Knights for the Georgian Bay Secondary School Association (GBSSA) title on Thursday.