Overcoming a slow start, the Georgetown Rebels clinched first place and home field advantage for the opening round of playoffs after beating Burlington's Lester B. Pearson 14-12 on Monday in Halton Secondary School Athletic Association Division II senior football.
The 5-0 Rebels can finish up the regular season undefeated with a victory over Oakville's Abbey Park tomorrow (Thursday) on the GDHS field, but after Monday's narrow comeback win, head coach Randy Marinangeli doesn't want his team to lose focus before reaching the next hurdle.
"Don't even go there," he chuckled when asked about when a Rebel squad last enjoyed an unbeaten season. "(Monday) wasn't a good game for us and we just won ugly. We were down 12-0 half way through the first quarter and blew a lot of assignments. (Pearson) didn't have a lot of players and a team with more depth probably would have beaten us. But we should have home field now for the rest of our games if we play well."
Kyle Sutherland and Christian DeAngelis scored touchdowns to give the Rebels the lead in the third quarter against host Pearson on Monday.
Marinangeli said the previous time Georgetown made it to the Halton finals at Hamilton's Ivor Wynne Stadium was in the early 1970s and he couldn't recall if that team went undefeated, but is certain that the senior Rebels have never won a regional championship.
Meanwhile, Christ the King's Jaguars look to have second place in the Richardson Division with a 36-0 trouncing of winless Milton District on Monday. Dan Rovere and Kyle Sutherland scored two touchdowns apiece for the 4-1 Jags and Gabe Aubrey-Morin also had a major score. Brett Piva added four converts.
Christ the King's seniors will tackle Pearson at home Thursday afternoon to complete the regular schedule.