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Colts set for NOSSA football final

'The anticipation has been building all week' - Korah Coach Tom Annett
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The excitement is building for the Korah Colts senior football team.

After two weeks without game action, the Colts will face North Bay’s West Ferris Trojans Sunday afternoon in the senior football Northern Ontario Secondary School Association (NOSSA) final in North Bay.

The Colts last played on Oct. 27 in a 14-7 victory over the Superior Heights Steelhawks in the city final.

“The kids are super-pumped,” Colts Coach Tom Annett said Friday night. “The anticipation has been building all week. We’re really excited to get this game going.”

West Ferris earned the other spot in the game thanks to a 14-7 win over Lively of Sudbury in NOSSA semifinal action in Sudbury.

Annett credited the Trojans’ run game in the game after seeing video of the contest.

“It was a little hard to gauge because it was a sloppy weather game, but they run the ball well,” Annett said, noting that West Ferris quarterback Mason McGriskin’s ability. “They can move the ball both ways, both in the air and on the ground.”

The game plan used throughout much of the season isn’t expected to change for the Colts, who face a West Ferris team they don’t know a lot about.

“There is always an element of uncertainty when we haven’t actually seen these guys on the field or have any measuring stick in terms of local competition,” Annett said. “Sault teams have done well in NOSSA and we’re looking to uphold that tradition.”

Cooler temperatures are in the forecast for North Bay on Saturday, but Annett doesn’t expect it to be a factor.

The Colts will look to make it a clean sweep for the school in NOSSA football as last weekend the Colts junior team beat Sudbury’s St. Benedict Bears 28-3 in Sudbury in the junior NOSSA final.

The winner of Saturday’s game will advance to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) Bowl Series later this month. The NOSSA champion will play in the Northern Bowl on Nov. 29 at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton against the North Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (NWOSSAA) champion.