Harvard Cup Week Six Preview

Posted on October 16, 2009 by Rich Kozak

“Intense Milk Harvard Cup Radio Game of the Week”

Riverside Frontiers (4-1) vs. Hutch-Tech Engineers (2-2)

Saturday, October 17 – 12:30 @ All High Stadium

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It’s not a stretch to think that even with almost a month left in the Harvard Cup’s regular season campaign, this game can be construed as a “must win” contest for both of these teams. The Frontiers will try to keep pace with the undefeated Burgard Bulldogs in the race for first place, but can not really afford a loss at this juncture.

The McKinley Macks and Lafayette Mighty Violets are nipping at the heels of the defending champs and the boys from the corner of Niagara and Ontario Street don’t want to slip back to the pack. Conversely, the Hutch-Tech team needs a win to keep pace for a chance to be in the playoff conversation. Lapses in focus have cost the Engineers a spot among the League’s elite. Can Tech’s Mark Horne keep pace with Riverside’s Bolden, Goudelock’s, or Drayton?

Outlook: With just too many weapons, Riverside runs Bolden and “The Bear” to a 32-14 victory.

 

Burgard Bulldogs (4-0) vs. Bennett Tigers (1-3)

Saturday, October 17 – 10 AM @ All High Stadium

Two weeks ago, the Bennett Tigers put a major scare into the Riverside before the Frontiers barely escaped with a victory. The Tigers’ players and coaching staff were visibly upset when the game was called on account of a lightning storm and trailing by only a touchdown. If this weekend’s contest was played immediately following the Riverside game, who knows what the outcome might have been?

But, with two weeks to stew and forget about the anger, the Tigers stand little chance against the Harvard Cup’s elite team, the Bulldogs of Burgard.

Outlook: Superior on offense, defense, special teams, and coaching, the ‘Dogs should be victorious by a 46-6 score.

 

South Park Sparks (1-3) vs. East Panthers (1-3)

Friday, October 16 – 5 PM @ All High Stadium

The Harvard Cup’s version of “Friday Night Lights” focuses on two teams with about six different personalities. If South Park can remain focused and not fall into their pattern of self-destruction, the Sparks could hop right back into the playoff race. The East Panthers win the size battle, but rarely have all eleven players performing on the same page.

South Park has a deep playbook that should garner the club a few more victories. The Panthers need to go back to defensive coordinator Joe Kelly’s gritty “attack” defense.

Outlook: Could be the team that makes the least mistakes gains the greatest dividends and a much need victory. In a close one, go with the Sparks 12-6 over the Panthers.

 

McKinley Macks (3-2) vs. Grover Cleveland Presidents (1-3)

Saturday, October 17 – 3 PM @ All High Stadium

The biggest surprise in 2009 is certainly the play of the McKinley Macks. Surrounded by two years of coaching changes and inner school turmoil, the Macks are firmly entrenched in the Harvard Cup playoff race. The Macks, once the Escalade of the “Cup” series with their big, sleek, quick, and powerful cast of stars, became an Orange and Black version of the Ford Taurus this season.

While not turning many heads, the make is reliable and gets the job done. The Presidents, on the other hand, are an enigma. The team’s roster has been depleted by graduation and student body apathy. Even though the team is not as powerful as they have been over the last few seasons, Grover still has enough talent…on paper, to be a playoff contender.

If Grover coach and former Presidents’ star Tony Alessi, can rekindle the spirit of the club and get a good performance from pivot Chris Holland, the Presidents could still by in the mix.

Outlook: It may be highly unlikely in the real world, but Grover can dream about a 14-8 win over McKinley.

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