By Darryl G. Smart
The last time the Pauline Johnson Collegiate Thunderbirds and Holy Trinity Titans met, it was a defensive battle, with both teams only giving up a total of 15 points. Since that October 8 game the Titans won 9-6, both teams have stepped it up a notch on both sides of the ball.
And on Friday, they meet again in the first of two Athletic Association of Brant Haldimand Norfolk Non CWOSSA Varsity semifinals.
Beginning at 11:30am, the Titans will host the Thunderbirds. At 2:30pm, the attention will shift to Delhi District Secondary School when the Delhi Raiders host the Waterford Wolves.
2. Holy Trinity Titans (3-1) vs 3. Pauline Johnson Collegiate Thunderbirds (2-1-1)
The Titans have been a defensive power all season, giving up the least amount of points (34) in the five-team loop. It’s something coach Leroy Foster and his troop take pride in. And if they want to punch a ticket to the final, that has to continue.
Offensively, the Titans haven’t been flashy, but have got the job done.
The Thunderbirds are riding high into the semifinal. After winning their first game in five years two weeks ago, they won their second-in-a-row, a 26-8 decision over the Waterford Wolves on Friday.
Defensively the Thunderbirds have been very sound, cutting down on mistakes. And that has shown with the second fewest points allowed (37).
Offensively, quarterback Ryan Hill has led a balanced attack that has put up 53 points.
The Delhi Raiders have found several different ways to win football games during this short season. But one thing is for certain, they know how to put points up on the scoreboard.
In their four games, the Raiders have put up 89 points, which is 29 more than the closest team. What’s most impressive is they’ve scored in a variety of ways, whether it be thanks to the running game, passing, or on defence.
The Wolves are in a transition season and that has shown. Despite that, they’ve shown quite a bit of improvement on both sides of the ball as the season has progressed.