Lloydminster peewee Steelers cornerback Koen Fendelet gets a hold on Bonnyville Renegades quarterback Matteo Godbout. The Steelers beat the Renegades 30-11 at St. Mary’s Elementary School on Thanksgiving Day. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO
The Lloydminster peewee Steelers are on a roll.
The Steelers (2-3) beat the Bonnyville Renegades 30-11 to the delight and dismay of a packed sideline of boisterous football fans at St. Mary’s Elementary School on Thanksgiving Monday.
“We just kept on going,” said Steelers nose tackle Ryley Johnson. “We played hard.”
The Renegades (2-3) stormed out to an early 8-0 lead to quiet the hometown cheering section, only to surrender a long run and six points to Steelers quarterback Cayden Hawes moments later.
Lloydminster’s Rhett Knelsen made it 12-8 less than a minute into the second half by sprinting to the outside, before cutting back into the middle between two defenders for a 60-yard touchdown run.
“What I was looking for was the hole between those two people,” said Knelsen. “I thought I was going to have to run into them, but I just ran right through them.”
The Renegades pressed for the go-ahead marker late in the second quarter with running back Jarett Boulianne, driving the line to within five yards of the Steelers end zone with seconds remaining.
Renegades quarterback Matteo Godbout kept the ball on the final play of the half, but he was met by Steelers lineman Jayce Brittner before hitting the goal.
Knelsen got back into the action with 2:07 remaining in the third quarter on a 45-yard run up the middle for the touchdown.
Renegades kicker Elias Freaser-Marks nailed a 15-yard field goal to bring the score to 18-11 four minutes into the fourth quarter, before another long Knelsen touchdown-run with 5:19 remaining put the score out of reach.
“I was focusing on our team doing good and us just winning the game so we can make playoffs,” said Knelsen. “It’s a huge accomplishment for this team.”
Steelers defensive back Caleb Walker provided the insurance marker on a pick-six with 27 seconds remaining in the game.
The club will look to win their third straight match this weekend when they visit the crosstown rival Lloydminster Colts (4-0).
“We have a game on Sunday versus the Colts and we’ve lost to them, but we’re going to win this time,” said Johnson. “If we don’t, we’re still going to make it to the playoffs.”