They’re coming off of an impressive bounce-back win, one which moved them back to the .500 mark.
But the Sault Sabercats work is far from over.
"This is another game we have to win,” head coach Matt Premo said of Sunday’s Ontario Football Conference varsity clash in Hamilton.
Start time for the game against the Hurricanes at Tim Hortons Field is 2:30 p.m.
With a 2-2 win-loss record, following last Saturday’s 35-18 victory in Brantford, the Cats find themselves in a four-way tie for third place in the OFC Varsity West Division.
Eight teams are battling for four playoff spots, awarded at the end of an eight-game regular season schedule.
"In order to put ourselves into a favourable position for playoffs, we need to win,” said Premo, whose team plans to leave for Hamilton on Saturday at 12 noon.
The Hurricanes enter the contest with a 1-3 mark.
"Obviously, they haven’t had the kind of start they want, but anytime you’re on the road it’s a tough game,” added Premo, whose team snapped a two-game losing streak with last weekend’s win.
Running back Greg Caruso paced the winners, scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 119 yards on 15 carries.
Despite some drops by his receivers, quarterback Jordan Robinson-Wright finished with 14 completions in 21 attempts for 210 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
Robinson-Wright “could have easily been 18-for-21,” the coach said. “He needs to build off of that this weekend.”
Premo would also like to take some of the heavy burden off of Caruso by working a couple of other backs into the running back rotation. He’d like to get both Mitchell DellaVedova and Elisha Ishimwe more touches, noting how “it’s a long season.”
The coach also spoke of how happy he is with the group of receivers the Cats have been rolling out.
This weekend’s status of Lucas Higham is unknown, due to the player’s personal commitments.
However, the Sault coaching staff is expecting bit things from a group which includes wide receivers Taylor Holub and Travis Johnson and slotbacks Rob Wright, Cooper Laframboise and Parker St. Onge.
Johnson had six catches for 43 yards last week, while Wright had four grabs for 91.
The team would like to compete a high percentage of shorter passes, set up play-action passing off of the running game and keep the chains moving.
"Our defence played well last week. They were on the field a lot, but still had an outstanding game,” Premo said.
Linebacker Jacob Jurich enjoyed a dominant performance with 11 solos tackles and two assisted tackles.
Premo said the Hurricanes play a 4-3 defence. On offence, they alternate between one-and-two-back sets.
"It’s a must-win game for Hamilton,” he added. “And we’re expecting a good battle.”