Tonawanda News


November 21, 2013

St. Joe's set for rematch against Canisius


Tonawanda News — “After we watched the film of that game, we found a couple of chinks in our armor, so to speak,” Gilbert said. “We came close to having some big plays numerous times, but we weren’t able to connect on them because of some errors.

“Some of those errors were as simple as running the same play against the same formation twice in a row,” Gilbert continued. “On one play, we’d get eight yards and then the next play we’d get one yard because one guy would change who he would block. 

“We went over those in practice and we saw the kids make those adjustments last week. As a coach, it’s so rewarding to see the light go on for your players, because when it does, it means that you’ve done your job.”

A rematch with the Crusaders at Ralph Wilson Stadium tonight beckons the Marauders, and the team knows that the timing couldn’t be better in order to exact revenge on the Crusaders.

“The rivalry between St. Joe’s and Canisius has been around for a long time and every time we play against them it’s always physical and there’s always some bad blood between us,” Davis said. “We’re not scared or discouraged in any way just because we lost to them before. We’ll be ready this time.”

Gilbert agreed.

“Our goal all season long has been to win a championship, and we’ve got an opportunity to fulfill our goal against one of our top rivals and at Ralph Wilson Stadium. That’s a perfect scenario for us,” Gilbert said. “You can’t ask for much more than that.”

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