By Joel van der Veen
HANLEY — A win over Hague on Thursday capped an undefeated regular season for the Hanley Sabers.
But coach Mark Anderson said he’s aware of a worrying trend as he looks towards playoffs.
The Hanley senior football team hosted the Hague Panthers on Thursday, winning 80-55.
The week before that, they travelled to Carrot River, where they won 76-57 — their closest score so far this season.
“We’ve been challenged offensively the last few weeks,” said Anderson following Thursday’s game.
He said it appeared the team was taking “a couple of steps back,” calling it a somewhat dangerous place to be heading into playoffs.
“The guys have just got to figure out how bad they want it,” he added.
The Sabers have won six out of seven games in their regular season. (The sole exception was a cancelled Sept. 28 game in Viscount, which was recorded as a tie.)
The team dominated in its first four games, winning by at least four runs in each one.
They are first in their 1A conference with a 6-0-1 record, followed by Viscount in second and Carrot River in third. Rounding out the ranks are Porcupine Plain, Hague and Hudson Bay.
The Sabers rotated through their roster in Thursday’s game, allowing both seniors and juniors time on the field.
Hanley held the lead throughout, though Hague proved themselves more than worthy competitors. Read more