Campbell's Magic Leads Bantam Jr. Mustangs Past Spears
London Jr. Mustangs FootballGreg Bowman
The London Jr. Mustangs Bantam team picked up their first win of the playoffs in dominant fashion, taking down the Niagara Spears 53-8 on Saturday afternoon from TD stadium.
“We just wanted to get through our plays, get our guys going and set the tone early,” said offensive coordinator, Sean Campbell after the game. “Obviously with a score like this it’s kind of hard to keep these guys motivated going forward.”
The Jr. Mustangs finished the regular season at 7-1, which gave them the second seed in the OPFL, with the Cambridge Lions holding the tiebreaker for the #1 seed. Niagara finished the year at the bottom of the standings at 0-8.
The Mustangs scored early and often, predominantly led by stud running back, Tyrell Campbell. With the three touches he was given, Campbell rushed for 148 yards and three touchdowns, and barely saw the field in the second half.
“He’s just a dual threat. You gave to prepare for him on the run, you have to prepare for him in the pass. On defence, he’s just a special player. You can’t teach talent like that,” said coach Campbell on his son.
The Jr. Mustangs led 45-0 at halftime, then were able to rotate through the rest of the roster during the second half. While the game may have been out of reach, it’s important for London to get everyone involved: “You’re as good as your last player. So it’s good that we’re getting other guys in there because it gives our first [string] guys a blow and gives confidence to our third and fourth stringer guys as well,” commented Campbell on his team depth.
The Jr. Mustangs have one playoff game down, but they will need to win two more in order to capture the OPFL Championship. They will take on the Essex Ravens on Friday evening at TD Stadium in the OPFL West Division Final.
For the Jr. Stangs though, the preparation will be all the same: “We’re going to stick to the script. Continue what we’re doing in practice, try and focus on the key matchups, and continue what we’ve been doing all year long. We practice hard, and when we practice hard, it relates to what we see on the field,” said Campbell.
The Jr. Mustangs have not lost since the opening day of the season against the Essex Ravens.