The Lloydminster peewee Colts captured the 2017 Football Alberta Tier 3 championship with a 42-0 win against the Stettler Panthers at St. Mary’s Elementary School on Sunday. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO
The Lloydminster peewee Colts are the 2017 Football Alberta Tier 3 champions.
The Colts shut out the Stettler Panthers 42-0 in the provincial final at St. Mary’s Elementary School on Sunday.
The end result never seemed in doubt as the home side controlled the play from the opening kickoff to the final tackle.
“We’ve been practising every Tuesday and Thursday as hard as we can,” said Colts defensive end and left tackle Colby Carr.
“We’ve just always tried our hardest and we’ve really picked up our game.”
After the Panthers went three and out on the opening drive, the Colts started their attack on the ground with running backs Tyler Gerwing, Kade Pilkey and Caden Anderson, teaming up to move the ball 16 yards on eight carries to the opposition six-yard line.
Matthew Cavanaugh followed with a quarterback keep on a third-and-goal only to be stuffed three yards from the end zone.
The Panthers were forced to punt after two plays giving the Colts great field possession once again. Anderson and Pilkey then moved the ball to within two yards of the Panthers goal with the former running in the first touchdown on a sweep around the line at the 9:46 mark of the first quarter.
“We were right close to the end zone and I just pushed it through,” said Anderson. “We just got excited (after that) and kept going and pushed harder.”
The Panthers got as far as the Colts 23-yard line on their next possession, but the Border City boys brought the ball right back to the other side of the field on theirs.
After another Panthers three and out, Anderson and Cavanaugh took over with the running back marching the ball deep into the opposition zone on two carries and the quarterback connecting with receiver Ryan Oborowski in the red zone and Pilkey just past the goal line for another major late in the second quarter.
Cavanaugh kept the ball on the Colts third touchdown strike by punching it in from the Panthers two-yard line with 50 seconds left in the first half. Gerwing split the uprights on two-of-three convert attempts to help his team to the 22-0 lead after the opening 24 minutes.
The Panthers drove the ball deep into the Colts territory at the beginning of the third quarter, but the team couldn’t get any further than 30 yards from the goal.
Colts linemen Darby Gervais and Jake Orieux deserve a lot of credit for the stand thanks to their unrelenting pressure on Panthers quarterback Jakob Lewis.
“We kept on doing what we were doing the first half,” said Carr. “We just shut them down and kept on getting points.”
Anderson noted they went to a series of outside runs to maintain possession of the ball and drive it downfield for the remainder of the game.
The strategy led to another touchdown for the running back early in the fourth quarter and two majors for his fellow back Ethan Grannum during the dying minutes.
“It’s really cool to win provincials and go 9-0,” added Carr.
“It feels awesome.”