Aiming to hit their stride Saturday, Western Mustangs taking nothing for granted in game against Lancers.
The Western Mustangs haven’t paid much attention to the Windsor Lancers.
It isn’t a sign of disrespect, but the football Mustangs found another team they wanted to focus on — themselves.
The Mustangs play the Lancers in Windsor on Saturday. The Mustangs are 3-0, while the Lancers are 0-3.
It’s been a horrendous start for the Lancers. They’ve been outscored 154-55. They lost big to Waterloo, 54-33, and even bigger to Guelph, 81-10.
Their 19-12 loss to Toronto was strange. The game ended with more than half the fourth quarter still to play because a lightning storm pushed the game past curfew in Toronto.
Despite the obvious disparity in the quality of the teams, the Mustangs insist they still consider the Lancers to be a quality opponent. The Mustangs just feel their own inconsistent play is a sign they need to focus on getting better as a team.
“Our emphasis has been about us getting better fundamentally, getting better at the things we do, wondered if the national Open was going to finally have another Canadian champion.
Du Toit also was in this year’s Canadian Open, but didn’t make the cut.
The experience of playing under that microscope over four rounds proved invaluable for him.
“The biggest thing for me at the Open was learning and kind of realizing that I can compete with the best,” du Toit said. “There’s plenty of really solid guys out here, and the things we will do against any team we play against, the base stuff we do. We’ve got to get better at it,” Mustangs offensive co-ordinator Steve Snyder said.
“We need to clean up some of the little things like the bad snaps, the errant throws, poor decisions and things like that — just clean up the basics. Right now regardless of who we’re playing, that’s the most important thing we’re doing is to make sure we have our stuff handled playing well last year I kind of realized I could probably play with these boys. There was a sense of comfort in that.”
Everyone talks about the talent on the Mackenzie Tour but the proof is in the results. In the field are four players who have finished at one time or another in the Top 10 of a PGA event—du Toit, Niebrugge, Lee McCoy and Robby Shelton.
The course yielded some low scores in dry, windy conditions. Most scored well on the front nine but the back — especially 14, 15 and 16 — proved difficult. and not get too worried about the opponent.”
The opportunity to get better as a team couldn’t have come at a better time.
The Mustangs have managed to go 3-0 despite periods of disjointed play. The one aspect that’s cause for celebration is the team’s ability to respond to difficult situations in two of their three games and come away with a victory.
Great Canadian Race Weekend
Friday: Race of Champions modified series (qualifying, heats and 75-lap feature), super stocks, trucks, V-8 stocks, bone stocks, King of the Hill. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday: APC United Late Model Series finale (qualifying and 100-lap championship race), super stocks, trucks, V-8 stocks, bone stocks; spectator gates open at noon; event begins at 3 p.m.
More info: www.delawarespeedway.
Jared du Toit of Kimberely, B.C., tees off the 18th hole at Highland Country Club during the first round of the Freedom 55 Financial Championship in London on Thursday. He finished the day in the lead at nine under par.