TACKLING THE QB Colts linebacker Maverick Holmen takes down Renegades quarterback Jarett Boulianne during the third quarter of Lloydminster’s 20-12 win against Bonnyville at St. Mary’s Elementary School on Sunday. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO
Cheers of victory echoed through the Lloydminster peewee Colts clubhouse this past weekend.
The Colts fought through strong winds and sheets of driving rain to earn a 20-12 comeback win against the Bonnyville Renegades at St. Mary’s Elementary School on Sunday afternoon.
A four-point deficit faced the Colts when the clouds opened at the beginning of the third quarter, but a key player returning to action and the team’s determination to keep their undefeated streak intact proved the equalizer.
“We knew right from the get go that it was going to be a hard-fought game, and the weather didn’t help with the wind and rain,” said Kevin Pilkey, head coach of the Colts.
“We also had an injury in the first half. One of our lead backs got hurt, so that tied us up. We were missing that extra little bit of kick. In the second half he was able to come back and that started to make us move the ball a little better.”
Colts running back Kade Pilkey fell victim to a hard hit early in the first quarter, with his team pressing for the opening score from the Renegades four-yard line.
The boys rallied quickly after the setback, thanks to a Thomas Bogucky punt return to the Renegades end zone and subsequent Tyler Gerwing two-point convert for an 8-0 lead.
The Renegades offence orchestrated an eight-play and 71-yard drive that was capped off with a Cooper Prybysh touchdown on their next possession, to make the score 8-6.
Renegades running back Erik Desnoyers then gave his team a 12-8 lead about halfway through the second quarter, by finding a hole in the Colts defensive line and running the ball 19 yards up the middle of the field for the major.
The Renegades pressed for the wider lead throughout the remainder of the second quarter, only to get pushed back by the Colts defence.
It took the majority of the third quarter for the teams to find their footing through the blowing rain with the Colts offence seeming to get a hold first through using a series of solid runs by Caden Anderson, Ryan Oborowsky and Pilkey, to move the ball to the Renegades 24-yard line by the start of the fourth quarter.
Luke Wytrykusz capitalized on the drive on the first play of the final frame with a sweep into the corner of the end zone for the 14-12 lead.
The Colts defence then went back to work, keeping the ball in the Renegades zone and holding their run attack in check, courtesy of a number of strong tackles by Jake Orieux, Maverick Holmen and Bogucky.
“They didn’t really pass, so I got the chance to go with my linebackers and make the plays,” said Bogucky.
Anderson put the match out of reach with a 24-yard run down the sideline into the end zone at the 11:25 mark of the fourth quarter.
The win improved the Colts record to 4-0 this season, with the club next seeing action against the crosstown rival Lloydminster Steelers on Oct. 15.
“We’ve really improved from last year and we’re doing great,” said Bogucky.
“We just (have to) work as hard as we have, and keep doing what we’ve been doing.”