On Saturday July 22nd, the Sault Sabercats will be back in OFC Football action after not playing the past 12 days for their first north division OFC post – season game when they hit the road to face the Huronia Stallions in Barrie, Ontario in a 5:00 p.m kick – off.
The third place Sabercats finished in the regular season were to face the sixth place Vaughan Rebels in a first round off match – up on July 15th unfortuantely, the Sabercats received a OFC win due to a forfeit by the Rebels. In week three of the regular season, the Sabercats fell to the Stallions in a 23 – 15 loss at home in Sault Ste Marie.
The Sault will be led on offense by quarterback Ryan Yost who was named twice during the 2017 season as the top offensive player of the week who finished the 2017 regular season with five touchdowns on 36 rushes and a total of 267 yards. Yost also had 39 completions on 67 attempts that totaled 427 yards in passing with three touchdown completions and 3 interception passes throughout the 2017 regular season. Dalton Toppan caught for 183 yards on 16 catches that included one touchdown. Skylar Premo – Miceli punted for a total of 444 yards on 12 punts that also included two rouges for the Sabercats.
On defense, Nick Fowler will enter into the post – season on Saturday evening leading the Sault with 17 tackles, five special team tackles, one forced fumble and two interceptions. Jacob Fecteau had 19 tackles, 2 special team tackles, one knockdown and one forced fumble for the Sabercats defense. Darian Belkosky rounded out the top three for the Sabercat with 14.5 tackles, three special team tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2017.
“We need to do is keep are heads in the game and stay focused they are a very beatable team. Are team has improved greatly since the week two lost. I have totally faith in are defence to stop them and are offensive to put points on the board for us” said Sabercat linebacker Nick Fowler.
“We aren’t concerned about our week two loss to Huronia we are a completely different team since then and so are they. We understand that we are going to have to elevate our compete level for the playoffs in order to be successful. Our focus is consistency on offence, try to avoid two and outs. Defensively we need to continue to be tough to play against and turn the ball over. Execution on Special teams this week will be crucial as the outcome could easily come down to a big special teams play” said varsity Sabercat coach Matt Premo.