The Brantford Bisons varsity team needs one more win to get to the Ontario Football Conference’s championship game and head coach Jim Jeavons is confident.
“We can win it all, for sure we can,” said Jeavons, whose team will travel to Waterloo to face the Predators for the west division championship on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Warrior Field.
“We’ve got talent everywhere. We’ve got guys that have won championships or gone to championships before.
“We definitely have a chance to win it all.”
The Bisons wound up in a three-way tie for first in the west division with Waterloo and the Sault Ste. Marie Sabrecats. All three teams posted 6-1-1 records. After tiebreakers, Waterloo was first, Sault Ste. Marie was second and Brantford was third.
Jeavons, 37, a former standout player with Pauline Johnson Collegiate and the University of Manitoba, is in his third year as the Bisons coach. He said this year’s team represents the Bisons’ “most complete roster.
“We’ve always had some of the best talent in the league. We’ve had guys getting scholarships every year but we’ve been thin on the (offensive) line or last year it was thin at the linebackers.
“We haven’t really had a full roster but this year . . . we’ve got 45 really solid football players.”
The expectation from the coaching staff heading into the season was to compete for a championship.
“We’ve been in the playoffs a couple of years in a row and we’re kind of always right on the brink of being one of the teams that should be competing for a championship,” said Jeavons.
“Now it’s just a matter of finishing.”
The Bisons scored a league-high 302 points this season.
“Our o-line has really torn teams apart,” said Jeavons. “We probably average close to 300 yards rushing on the ground (per game).”
Running back Matt Clarke has been almost untouchable as offensive linemen Mike Martyniuk and Andrew Lohr have been keys in creating holes.
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