The junior Sault Sabercats hosted their first ever OFC post – season match – up on July 22nd at Superior Heights in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario against the Huronia Stallions. In week two of the 2017 OFC season, the Sabercats handed the Stallions a 48 – 8 loss in Sault Ste Marie while Huronia defeated the Sault 35-14 in Barrie in week five.
In the north division semi – final on Saturday afternoon, the Sabercats dropped 20 points during the fourth quarter to loss 41 – 34 to the Stallions. With 54 seconds in regulation and the Sabercats leading 34 – 33, the Stallions scored a 26 yard touchdown pass to bring the game to 39 – 34 for Huronia. The visiting Stallions added two more points on a two point conversion to capture the win and advance to Peterborough with a 41 – 34 win over the Sabercats.
On offence, Quarterback Jordan Robinson Wright had 12 completions on 21 attempts for a total of 187 yards that included one touchdown. Robinson Wright carried the ball on 16 opportunities for 72 yards of the Sault. Running back Mitch DellaVedova ran on 16 carries for 79 yards while Matt Marshall caught four catches for 56 yards. Matt Johnson made four catches on Robinson Wright’s passes with finishing with 78 yards. Jordin Grondin made two receptions for the Sabercats with a total of 23 yards.
Leading the defense was Julian Gioia with four assisted solo tackles along with one assisted tackles. Carter Harrison and Brandon Southwind combined for a total of 7 solo tackles with Harrison earning four and Southwind with three. Southwind had an assisted tackle along with Zach Martin catching a interception in the Sabercats loss.
Junior Sabecat coach Steve Nott told Saultsports that “we played a great game and were up 28-7 at half but Huronia battled to the end and we had some unlucky breaks that we couldn’t over come. We were up 34-33 with seconds left in the game but Huronia scored the game winning touchdown with less than a minute to go. Proud of the kids, they battled to the end but just ran out of steam at the end. It was a great season and we’re proud as a team with what we accomplished with such a young inexperienced team.”