Head coach Tom Kudaba is fully aware that his Team BC squad will be facing a very tough test from Saskatchewan in their semifinal game of the 2010 Football Canada Cup tournament on Wednesday. However, after watching his team complete a thrilling comeback over Ontario East in their tournament opening game on Sunday, it’s easy to see why Kudaba has the utmost confidence in his crew heading into their game against Saskatchewan on Raymond Field at Acadia University with a berth in Saturday’s gold medal game on the line.
“We’re in the top-four group now so it’s going to be a tough game but we have no reason to believe we can’t duplicate what we did yesterday (when we play Saskatchewan),” Kudaba told Football BC following Team BC’s practice on Monday afternoon in Nova Scotia.
Of course, if there’s one thing Kudaba would not like to see repeated, it’s watching his team fall behind against Saskatchewan the same way they did against Ontario East. BC trailed 18-3 at half-time on Sunday before staging a dramatic comeback for a 27-18 victory – a comeback that would not have been possibly had it not been for the mental fortitude of the players.
“They’ve got some character in them,” said Kudaba of his team. “There was an opportunity in the game where they could have gone the other way and they all just continued to believe in what we were telling them and they stuck with the game plan.”
Sunday’s turning point – at least on offence – came after quarterback Carson Williams relieved starter Cam Bedore after the half. Williams managed to get some early completions leading to quick scores for BC in the third quarter to chip away at Ontario East’s lead and before eventually taking control of the game. However Coach Kudaba, ever the tactician, came just shy of anointing Williams as his starter for the semifinal game.
“I don’t think we’re going to make too many changes although that’s probably going to be a game-time decision,” said Kudaba when asked about his quarterback situation. “We know that we’ve got two, possibly even three, quarterbacks that can do the job.”
On the defensive side, Kudaba felt his squad got more comfortable as the game against Ontario East progressed and is hoping that comfort level carries over into Wednesday’s contest.
“Basically our mistakes on defence in the first half (against Ontario East) were because of assignment errors,” said Kudaba. “Kids were just making the wrong read from what they were coached to do.
“Once we were able to reinforce on them their individual jobs, things all of a sudden tightened up.”
Team BC has one additional practice scheduled for Tuesday morning before they play Saskatchewan on Wednesday at 4 p.m. local time in Nova Scotia (12 p.m. Pacific Time). The winner will face the winner of the other semifinal contest between Nova Scotia and Quebec in the gold medal game on Saturday.
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