Pigskin Crunch Time
After several months of practices and games, bashing helmets and hoping for the best, it's crunch time for eight high school senior football teams in the Golden Horseshoe Region and Greater Toronto Area.
Two more wins for two teams and they have their season objective: a championship.
I know, because I have been getting lots of inquires from people, the folks responsible for promoting these playoffs have done a less than average job getting the word out. In fact, nothing even on the website of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations, which still is congratulating the field hockey champs from two weeks ago.
The Metro Bowl and the Golden Horseshoe Bowl are up for grabs and one thing is for certain, the Metro Bowl champ will be a first timer since none of the teams in contention have won the big event since it started back in 1982.
But, who will those two be when it's all over on Nov. 25?
Yes, game day when the huge Rogers Centre is opened for what has always been a small number of people to watch. You guessed it, I'm not in favour of this being indoors. Would have been so much more fun to have these games outdoors - and with so many facilities as great choices such as Birchmount Stadium, Etobicoke Centennial Stadium, Esther Shiner Stadium and Varsity Centre.
In the Metro Bowl semifinals, Markham will play Donald Wilson of Whitby - the same school that got hammered by St Michael's in the finale last year. That's the first of a doubleheader set for Wednesday, Nov. 18 around 11:00am on the carpet at Etobicoke Centennial Stadium. Then, it's Trinity of Port Hope meeting Toronto's Birchmount Park - the only team that is undefeated.
On Thursday, Nov. 19 at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, Notre Dame of Burlington takes on Sir Allan MacNab of Hamilton while Lakeshore Catholic of Port Colborne goes up against St. Marcellinus of Mississauga.
My picks. Need to think about this a bit more. I'll tell you on Nov. 26.