P.E.I. Privateers hit the road for playoff football game

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Amid the P.E.I. Privateers push for $100,000 for upgrading Birchwood Field, there’s a Maritime Football League playoff game to be played today.

Not at Birchwood for the fourth-seeded Privateers, but on the road against the top-seeded Saint John Wanderers.

Game time is 4 p.m. in Saint John, N.B.

Saint John is a powerhouse. The Wanderers are 5-0 this season and have outscored its opponents 200-15, including 45-0 and 29-6 wins over the Privateers.

Saint John has lost just one regular season game since 2011. That’s a 24-1 record.

But, the Privateers are responsible for the Wanderers one blemish, a 27-21 loss last year in Cornwall.

So what can the Privateers do to bog down the Wanderers?

“Team captains and I spoke to the team about our need to play our game and take it to Saint John instead of sitting back and waiting for something to happen," said Vernon MacIntyre, Privateers head coach. “We have been effective in spots against the Wanderers only to have a poorly timed mental lapse such as a penalty or turnover force us out of our game. All of our players are going to have to focus on their job and play fast, skilled football. If we keep our focus for all 60 minutes we will have a shot at the upset.”

P.E.I. finished 1-3-1 this season. It hosted its first home playoff game last year against the defunct Halifax Shockers in Cornwall.

Today’s other semifinal game has the second-place Capital

Area Gladiators (2-3) hosting the third-place Moncton Mustangs (1-3-1) at 4 p.m. in Fredericton, N.B.

Winners meet Saturday, July 26, in the McIntyre Cup league championship at the highest surviving seed’s home field.

Game time for the title game is 4 p.m.

Organizations: Maritime Football League, Birchwood, Capital Area Gladiators

Geographic location: Saint John, Cornwall.So, Fredericton

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