The 2016 Joe Pistilli Cup playoffs start this week.
Nine weeks of play in the regular season determined the winner of the Cyril B. White Trophy – congratulations to the South Shore Jr. Bruizers – but the battle for the coveted Joe Pistilli Cup is just beginning this weekend as the Montreal Royals play against the Chateauguay Raiders in the semi final game.
The Raiders held the upper hand in the season series between these two teams, winning two of the three games, but each match was very close and could have gone either way.
For the Raiders, the key to winning will be the ability of their offensive unit to move the ball effectively both on the ground as well as through the air and to stay on the field for more than two plays so that the defensive unit can get some rest.
For the Royals, the biggest question is who will play at the quarterback position. When #2 Tshitshi Bukasa came in to play QB in the second half of the game against the Raiders two weeks ago the Royals offense mounted several credible drives, but he hasn’t played since then and instead three other players played at the QB spot.
The kickoff for the semi final game will be at 2 pm on Sunday, October 23 at the Louis-Philippe-Paré field in Chateauguay.