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Portage Trojans drop football opener 0

By Jordan Maxwell, Portage Daily Graphic

The PCI Trojans fell short with a 27-9 loss to the River East Kodiacs on Friday.  (File photo)

The PCI Trojans fell short with a 27-9 loss to the River East Kodiacs on Friday. (File photo)

The PCI Trojans were hoping to start the season on a good note but came up short in a 27-10 loss to the River East Kodiaks.

Head coach Brent Irwin said the team played well in stretches but couldn't refrain from giving up undisciplined penalties, which ultimately cost them the game.

"Our team played with heart by staying into the end of the game.  We were very undisciplined and didn't finish blocks.  We didn't have the intensity we need to be consistent," said Irwin.

"We expected that because we have a large rookie crop this year but at the same time, our vets need to set the tone for what the expectations are and lead by example.

"It was a little bit of a setback but we know what we have to work on and hopefully we'll bring a better attitude to the next game."

Irwin said that he liked what he saw from the offence as the team was able to score a few points towards the end of the game to finish strong. Still, the coach admits the offence is going to take some time to develop.

"The offence has always developed a little slower than we've liked because we'd like to use those bullets right out of the gate but we have to be patient," he said.

The Trojans will look to turn things around at home when they face-off against the Vincent Massey Vikings at 5 p.m.

"I was encouraged (by the last game) but we have a lot of work to do and we'll do so starting Monday," said Irwin, speaking on the team's mental preparation.

"We have to play with more heart, intensity and passion to the game.  We didn't show that enough.  We will make mistakes because we have a lot of rookies but we can't live with a three-quarter effort.  We have to play like we want to win."

jordan.maxwell@sunmedia.ca

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