The Red Dogs’ Evan Eide brings down a Predators ball carrier. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO
The Lloydminster Red Dogs left no doubt that a Capital District Minor Football Association (CDMFA) midget championship was coming back to the Border City.
The Red Dogs captured their third-straight CDMFA title with a 35-0 win against the Parkland Predators at Edmonton’s Clairview Recreation Centre on Saturday.
The victory improved the Red Dogs record to 6-0 for top spot in the league, which awards the championship to the club holding the best mark following the association’s six-game schedule.
“Three years in a row,” said Red Dogs running back Nash Etson, who scored the game’s opening touchdown three-and-a-half minutes into the first quarter. “When I came here my first year, the team was unreal. The second year, I was ‘I don’t know.’ There were a bunch of people left, but we just continued to run over teams. Just stomp guys. And, I think it’s going to continue as long as this team goes on.”
Etson got the opportunity to score the game’s first marker deep in the Predators zone thanks to a fumble recovery by the Red Dogs’ Cash Hippe.
After the Red Dogs failed to move the ball on its opening drive, Alan Ofianewski kicked a 50-yard punt that the Predators returner bobbled and Hippe dived on.
“It was just a momentum kind of thing, which is really helpful for field position and getting the team going and excited,” said Red Dogs wide receiver Isaac Thorpe.
“We don’t have to go as far, so we’re not as tired getting the ball in the end zone.”
Red Dogs quarterback Anton Amundrud recorded the game’s second touchdown on a 12-yard run to the corner during the final play of the first quarter.
Amundrud picked up his second TD courtesy of a 17-yard sprint to the outside two minutes later and his third on a 68-yard zigzag dash through the Predators defence before finding an open lane down the sideline late in the half.
The Predators never threatened during the opening 24 minutes. Their best field position of the game at 29 yards from the Red Dogs end zone came early in the first quarter, but that drive was stopped two plays later thanks to an interception by Ethan Mather.
“We just did what we always do,” said Red Dogs defensive lineman Colton Schmidt. “Our defence was really strong this year. It always has been. We just got guys on our team who can make plays.”
Ofianewski scored the game’s final touchdown on a 44-yard catch and run with 7:15 left to play. He kicked his fifth convert shortly afterward to make the final 35-0.
“It feels pretty good with all the hard work and dedication we have towards the game,” said Thorpe.
“This outcome is really nice. It just proves what we can do and all the talent we have in Lloyd. It’s fun. It’s always fun winning.”