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Trojans challenged to step up in face of adversity
The Hugh Boyd Trojans were just three plays into their game against Vancouver College Fighting Irish Oct. 10 when the Richmond high school’s junior football team lost its starting quarterback for the balance of the season.
Gabe Saklofsky was sidelined by what would later be determined as a broken collarbone.
Clearly, the Trojans will miss a player around whom a considerable amount of the offence was built. And who was also a key contributor on the defensive side of the ball as a rover.
But while Bruce Hadow, Hugh Boyd’s head coach, knows it is impossible to replace Saklofsky’s contributions, he’s hoping—and expecting—his team to unite even more because of the loss. His request is simple: play as hard as you can and let the final score take care of itself.
“I though we played very well against College, which has 73 players on its roster,” said Haddow, whose Trojans number just 25. “Obviously we had to put our backup quarterback (Johnson Amisi) in a difficult spot but I thought we gutted it out.”
He was disappointed, however, in the Trojans’ effort in the follow-up game, a 35-6 loss last week to New Westminster Hyacks.
“We’re going through tons of adversity here right now, with (tailback) Patrick Ruvalcaba also questionable for this week’s game (Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. versus Seaquam Seahawks at Hugh Boyd Park) but I just don’t think we competed very well. I think we were feeling sorry for ourselves. We’ve got to try to get the score out of the kids’ heads and back to the process of getting prepared. You’re always more successful when you do good work during the week’s practices.”
Haddow added this final thought: “I’ll be shocked if we don’t play well this week.”