Chargers ballcarrier Josiah Alexander takes a glance at his next obstacle after fending off a tackle by the Royals’ Jordan Fournier. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO
A ton of points on the board masked a defensive battle on the gridiron.
The Lloydminster bantam Chargers beat the Cold Lake Royals 48-6 at St. Mary’s Elementary School on Saturday.
Each team’s offence pressed early only to be pushed back until Chargers slot back Carter Illerbrun broke through the Royals defensive line on a five-yard plunge into the end zone at the 4:17 mark of the second quarter.
Illerbrun scored his second major about a minute-and-a-half later by running to the outside and down the sideline for a 44-yard touchdown.
Chargers kicker Ryden Gratton connected on both convert attempts to make the score 14-0.
“I was just looking for holes and knowing where to cut if there wasn’t a hole,” said Illerbrun, noting the two quick strikes seemed to place the momentum squarely on the Chargers side.
The Chargers drove the ball back to the Royals red zone near the end of the second quarter, only to be stuffed 10 yards from the goal.
The home side’s defence gave their club another chance a few moments later thanks to Graff Tiedemann stripping the ball out of Royals running back Aden Pelley’s hands.
Chargers quarterback Anders Hundeby found Dillon Orieux in the end zone on the next play, bringing the score to 21-0 counting the Gratton convert with nine seconds remaining in the half.
“At halftime we knew it was basically wrapped up,” said Chargers defensive tackle and right guard Clay Vetter. “We just knew to keep going and keep pushing forward.”
A defensive standoff welcomed both teams at the beginning of the second half until Illerbrun once again slipped through on a 53-yard run down the sideline to the end zone with 6:27 remaining in the third quarter.
Tiedemann then opened the flood gates for his offence about a minute into the fourth quarter with a 42-yard touchdown run.
Chargers’ Daven Falcon followed his teammate into the Royals end zone at the 6:40 mark. Pelley and Tiedemann exchanged touchdowns late with Gratton finishing the scoring on his sixth convert of the game.
“We just worked together,” said Vetter. “We had great communication. We knew our game plan and everyone knew what to do.”
The Chargers (3-2) locked up third place in the Wheatland Bantam Football League with the win, which places them in the three-versus-six game against the Wainwright WarHawks at St. Mary’s Elementary School this Saturday.
The Lloydminster bantam Mustangs (2-3) earned a 39-0 home win against the WarHawks shortly before the Chargers and Royals took the field.
The fourth-place Mustangs will follow the Chargers onto the field this Saturday when they face the Royals in the four-versus-five game at St. Mary’s Elementary School.