Hit the road to play Privateers in semifinal game Saturday
SUMMERSIDE – Summerside Clippers head coach Marc Reid admits it may not have been the regular season the team was looking for, but all teams are starting fresh in the playoffs.
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Ty Wright of the Summerside Clippers attempts to avoid a Souris tackler during a recent P.E.I. Varsity Tackle Football League game at Eric Johnston Field.
The Clippers, who are coming off a disappointing 2-4 (won-lost) regular season, have an opportunity to make back-to-back trips to the Potato Bowl with a semifinal win over the Charlottetown Privateers on Saturday.
The Privateers will host the game at the Terry Fox Complex in Cornwall at 7 p.m. The winner will advance to the championship game of the P.E.I. Varsity Tackle Football League on Saturday, Nov. 9.
“From here on in you can’t play a half or three-quarters of a game, or you are going home on the losing end,” said Reid on Thursday night.
The Privateers, meanwhile, swept both games from the Clippers and completed the regular season in second place at 4-2. First-place and undefeated Souris (6-0) will host the Cornwall Timberwolves (0-6) in the other semifinal on Sunday afternoon.
As for the two head-to-head meetings between the Clippers and Privateers, Reid offered: “The first game we had them and all of a sudden the momentum changed and we couldn’t get it back. The second game was just mistakes after mistakes that cost us the game.
“From here on in you can’t play a half or three-quarters of a game, or you are going home on the losing end.” Clippers head coach Marc Reid
“We have to cut down on the mistakes, and when we do get the momentum we have to finish.”
Offence breaks out
The Clippers are going into the playoffs on a winning note after their offence, which has struggled for most of the season, erupted in a 54-20 road win over the Timberwolves last week.
“I hope after last week’s offensive performance that will bring some confidence to our offence,” said Reid. “Our defence has played well the last five or six games, and it’s time for our offence to start rolling.”
Reid is confident the regular-season finale can serve as a turning point to the season.
“It looked like everybody was on the same page,” said Reid. “Hopefully, we are clicking at the same time.”