Clash of unbeatens
Ravens meet Bulldogs today
The Essex Junior Ravens will get a chance to prove their worth in the Ontario Varsity Football League with a much-anticipated clash against the Brampton Bulldogs Saturday.
The Junior Ravens and the Bulldogs are each unbeaten and owners of first place in their respective divisions.
“We really haven’t been tested yet so this is a big one for us,” Ravens head coach Chris Church said.
“The guys are pretty jacked. They really want to go out there and prove something.”
The team has already surpassed last year’s win total when a young, inexperienced lineup went 3-5.
“I really think this is our year,” Church said. “Our offence can dominate and our defence has been great too.”
Quarterback Austin Kennedy directs the offence with potent weapons available in running backs Darnell Walcott and Mitch Dender and receiver Dakota Stewart. The defensive tone is set by Kaille Campbell and Kyle Fratarcangelli.
“The next three games are all huge,” said Church of a closing schedule that includes Wentworth and London.
Game time is 4 p.m. in Brampton All hands on deck Head coach Glen Mills is looking forward to finally having his full roster available for the Essex Ravens’ OVFL road game Saturday against the winless Cambridge Lions.
“It will be the first time in a long time that we have everybody back,” he said.
Injuries have yet to nick the Ravens in the win column where they’re unbeaten at 4-0 to lead the Adam Division West.
At 0-4, the Lions will likely see everybody in a Ravens’ uniform get on the field at some point.
Game time is 8 p.m. Key games for Fratmen The AKO Fratmen have a lot riding on a couple of weekend junior B lacrosse games at Forest Glade Arena.
Their next victory will establish a new franchise record after they tied the existing mark of 13 with a mid-week win over Sarnia.
A pair of victories over Owen Sound (tonight, 7 p.m.) and Wallaceburg (Sunday, 7 p.m.) would clinch first place and home floor advantage in the OLA’s Far West division for the playoffs.
“We could end up first, second or third, it’s that close,” AKO general manager Mike Soulliere said.
Three of the league’s most proficient scorers will see action at Forest Glade in Wallaceburg’s Ben Reaume (fourth in the league with 32 goals, 43 assists), Owen Sound’s Travis Gibbons (fifth with 32 goals, 42 assists) and AKO’s Andre Ryckman (sixth with 27 goals, 40 assists).
AKO leads the Far West at 13-5 with Wallaceburg in hot pursuit at 11-6. Looking to rebound The Border Stars will be looking to rebound tonight from a mid-week 2-1 loss to St. Catharines in the Canadian Soccer League.
The defeat knocked the Stars (3-4) out of first in the National Division. They can right the ship at the expense of Portuguese Supra (1-4-2).
Game time tonight is 7 p.m. at Windsor Stadium. Brennan awards Erica Bortolin and Dejo Olagbegi are the 2007 winners of the Jim Hoffman Memorial Athletic Scholarship given each year to outstanding student-athletes from Brennan.
“Both students demonstrated excellence in the classroom and in their athletic endeavours,” a family statement said.
The ninth annual awards give each student a $1,000 prize in memory of Hoffman, a respected teacher coach and athletic director at Brennan from 1969-1988. Ste. Cecile awards Frances Hoehne and Till Schoofs were the major award winners at Ste. Cecile’s annual athletic banquet.
Hoehne was named female athlete of the year with Schoofs taking the male award.