PAFL action continues today, September 29 at the Circuit Makati Blue Pitch that might feature a revenge game of sorts when two winless teams, Juggernauts and Warriors go head-to-head at 4:00PM.
Both teams sport an identical 0-2 record but getting the first win might have a little history of its own as last the Warriors’ lone win came at the expense of their aforementioned adversaries, walloping the Juggernauts, 40-0.
Lineman Jeff Deperio of the Warriors believes this year’s Juggernauts are different from last year and it is easier said than done beating them for the second time, especially if both teams are battling for playoff contention.
“We’re not the type to underestimate any team. The Juggernauts consist of different squads [with different strengths] so they are not the same team we last fought. We just need to step up our game,” Deperio said.
Stepping up on both ends of the field is as critical as it can get as Deperio noted every game counts from here on, should they stay in the playoff hunt.
“We cannot afford to lose anymore, and I’m sure the Juggernauts feel the same. It’ll be an interesting game and our team will leave everything on that blue field come Saturday,” Deperio said.
On the other hand, Juggernauts coach Angel Calugay Jr. believes the beating from the hands of the Wolves showed the areas they need to work on and it will help them get that revenge win.
“We are obviously looking to avenge our loss from last year [against the Warriors], and the keys there are consistency and limited penalties. Despite the huge loss from the league champs (Wolves), team spirit remains high and our players are determined to keep on improving as individuals and as a team. We can only get better and hungrier for a win,” Calugay said.
Calugay mentioned that the Juggernauts is in the process of rebuilding and these are the things they need to hurdle for the long haul success of the squad.
“We are working to correct the mistakes we made last week on both sides as well as our special teams who received the most penalties. Molding different teams into one cohesive unit is a huge task, and not to mention bringing up to the level of competition our high-potential players who are new to the sport,” Calugay added.
The Cavemen head to their 7:00PM game highly favorable as they take on an upset-focused Rebels team, who has yet to make a mark in the win column.
The boys in grey have steamrolled the Warriors and the Juggernauts, en route to a 2-0 mark by averaging 53 points.
Despite key players missing action, Mike Asuncion notes that the team’s unity is to be credited for these wins.
“It’s a team effort, at the end of the day,” said Asuncion. “We have more veterans on the team with solid experience. The guys who have missed some time would have made a big impact but I’m sure they will catch up.”
Asuncion believes the Cavemen are up for a battle and there will be no letting up against a rookie-laden squad that is the Rebels.
“On any given Saturday, anyone can be beaten. We expect they will come out hard and try to beat us in their own game plan. We’ll treat them just like any other team in our path to become champions,” Asuncion said.
Meanwhile, the Rebels resume from their long break since their game against the Wolves in September 1.
Details of that can be found in Rebels Working Towards a Comeback
With reports from Bianca Rodriguez