GOTW ON: Superior Heights looking to knockoff unbeaten CFC50 No. 29 Korah

We head to Northern Ontario for our game of the week as the CFC50 No. 29 Korah Colts look to keep their unbeaten streak alive against the unranked Superior Heights Steelhawks on Friday night.

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Sault Ste. Marie belonged to the Steelhawks from 2014-2016 when they made three straight trips to the OFSAA Festival, including a victory over CFC50 No. 39 St. Joan of Arc, but there’s been a changing of the guard with the Colts arrival at the top of the division. Korah were always a thorn in their side, but the role’s have reversed with the boys in brown winning their first city championship since 1995 over the Steelhawks two years ago, and now they’re looking to win their second straight provincial title after defeating St. Peter at the Festival with a dominant display last season.

Everything has gone according to plan so far with Korah sitting at the top of the league with a 3-0 record, including a 34-15 win over Superior Heights in week four. They actually fled the country for the second time this year to play a game against Harbour Springs in Michigan on their bye week, where they showed a lot of toughness falling 17-5 to the home side. It was an improvement on their 26-0 loss to Escanaba, and the hard fought battles mixed in between regular season action have helped define Korah’s brand of football says quarterback Jordan Robinson-Wright,

“Scouts should expect to see a hard hitting team. On offense we like to go fast and balance our attack with both passing and rushing. On defense we are quick to the ball with both our secondary and defensive box being very strong.”

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Although they couldn’t put six on the scoreboard in Michigan, Robinson-Wright and the rest of the offence are having no issues scoring in the Soo with 30+ points in every victory. They’ve been led in the backfield by the tandem of Jacob Jurich and Zac Zeppa, while Noah Grasley earned the Colts’ offensive player of the game in their opener with 52 yard touchdown reception against St. Mary’s. Jurich and Zeppa happen to be two of their best defensive players as well, alongside CFC Prospect Game participant CFC100 Tyler Brechin, who can also play both ways. That’s life with smaller numbers in Northern Ontario, but they’ve done a great job producing pure athletes who can get the job done all over the field. Some other names to watch will be Jordan Lambert, Aaron Keranen, Gabe Martynuck and Jack Naccarato.

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You may think they’ve come up with some hidden formula to recapture the city after over 20 years of heartache, but Robinson-Wright says the key is simplicity,

“Our top three points of emphasis going into this week’s game are execution, discipline, and intensity. My personal goals are to improve on both skill and character every game and practice. Also to be the best leader I can be for my teammates.”

On the opposite side, the Steelhawks will be looking to spoil the perfect regular season for Korah, and potentially gain some momentum before the semifinals. Right now they’re still searching for their first win in a shortened season that only features three programs, and they couldn’t get the best of St. Mary’s last week falling 19-18 in a heartbreaker for the second time this year. Despite their record, they’ve had some stellar performances out of FPC participant Mitchell DellaVedova in the backfield, while kicker Gavin Smith has been money on special teams, including a fake that led to an early lead in their first matchup against Korah this year. If they’re able to pounce again there’s no reason they can’t hang with the Colts on home soil, especially if they let DellaVedova run wild.

Kickoff is set for 7:30pm on Friday night at Superior Heights.

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