Bears football play final game

October 29, 2014   ·   0 Comments

The football season is over for the Orangeville District High School Bears after a final game loss to the Our Lady of Lourdes Crusaders on Thursday, October 23, on the field at ODSS.

The Bears ran into trouble in the first quarter when OLOL scored three touchdowns to take a big lead and put the pressure on the Bears to respond.

Early in the second quarter the Bears had to dig out from their own 20 yard line and made a first down on a completed pass to receiver Josh Harrison from QB Fisher Brown.

Sticking with the throwing game, the Bears had to give up the ball on the turn around at the 50 yard line.

Starting the second half, Josh Miller returned the kick-off to the Bears 35 yard line then followed up with a pass completion to give ODSS the first down.

The Bears couldn’t capitalize on field position and were forced to punt to get out of their end.

The fourth quarter saw few gains for the Bears and a final Crusdaers TD when the ran to the one yard line and scored on the next play.

The final was 49-0.

Despite the squad’s 1-5 record for the season, head coach Dirk Leers said the fact that the Bears squad has a lot of younger players bodes well for next season.

“The positives for this season are that our line-man, on average, are grade ten. We’re going up against (grade) 12 kids, so actually we’re really excited. We’ve got a great relationship with the Outlaws and a lot of the kids will be playing there. What we really want to do is get football going in Orangeville. We’ve got a young team, we’ve got a lot of kids who are interested. It’s just going to take time to build them up. It’s difficult to go against the older guys.”

The Orangeville Outlaws are the local summer league football club who play in the Ontario Minor Football League from May through to August.

“There was a lot of things we did well,” Leers said. “Before this game we played 20 quarters. In 13, we did great, we played really well – in seven we were horrible and that’s why we only won one game. If we could just play better every quarter we would have more wins.”

Bears quarterback Fisher Brown is a first year player on the ODSS squad but has played two previous season in minor football.

“I definitely think we improved from our first game,” Brown said after Thursday’s loss. “As we got through more games, we started blocking, our offence started making plays, our defence were stopping people. Yeah, I think we improved.”

The Bears did a lot of passing in the final game with some success. Brown said going with the pass drops a lot of pressure on a quarterback who has only a few seconds to find a receiver before the opposition closes in.

“I like the throwing game,” He said. “I’d like to do more of it.”

Our Lady of Lourdes ended the regular season in first place with a 5-1 record and will go on to the semi-final playoff game on Thursday, October 30.

Both the semi-final and district final game will be played at the University of Guelph.

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