QUARTERBACK SNEAK Lloydminster Colts quarterback Matthew Fallscheer spots a member of the Lloydminster Steelers defence charging in for a tackle. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO
The Lloydminster peewee Colts and their crosstown rival Steelers left it all on the field.
The Colts used a dominant first half to beat the Steelers 36-7 in the opening game of the Lloydminster Minor Football Association Rod Kirby Football Day festivities at the Raider Bowl on Saturday.
Two majors on their first two possessions and a spectacular reverse play early in the second quarter helped the Colts to an early lopsided lead in the game, before the Steelers battled back to gain a bit of second-half redemption.
“The game was pretty good,” said Colts wide receiver Luke Wytrykusz.
“We had a really good first two quarters, but after that, they either got better or we started to slow down because we didn’t score in the third quarter or the fourth quarter. So, I think we just have to go strong the whole game.”
The Colts defence set the offence up for the quick first score by stifling the Steelers opening attack with multiple members of the defensive line, helping sack quarterback Cayden Hawes on the Steelers third down deep in the opposition zone.
Colts running back Caden Anderson found the end zone two plays later on a run to the outside for a 6-0 lead 2:26 into the game.
The defence went back to work on the Steelers next possession, resulting in the Colts quickly gaining back the ball 53 yards from the goal line.
Quarterback Matthew Fallscheer then pitched the ball to Ethan Grannum on the opening play, with the speedy running back zigzagging through tackles for a second touchdown before the game was six minutes old.
Colts starting quarterback Matthew Cavanugh helped get his team on the board a third time 4:48 into the second quarter by pitching the ball to Anderson, who then handed it off to Wytrykusz for a 72-yard run down an open side of the field for the major.
Hawes responded on the next play by finding Brady Higgins downfield for a 44-yard catch and run touchdown.
“I saw glory there,” said Hawes. “I saw that ball going and I thought (the Colts defence) were going to come through because they were coming through all the time, but I guess the ball just got caught.”
The Colts then used a lengthy three-and-a-half minute drive to gain a first down 13 yards from the Steelers end zone, with Grannum finding himself the beneficiary on a run around the left side of the line.
Anderson made the score 36-7 just over two minutes later with a 21-yard uncontested run down the sidelines, thanks to the superior blocking skills of Wytrykusz.
Colts kicker Tyler Gerwing was three-for-four on two-point convert attempts.
The Steelers rebounded in the second half starting with Hawes sacking Colts quarterback Fallscheer during the opening drive.
The Colts pressured for a score once more late in the third quarter, but a strong defensive effort by the Steelers stopped the drive at their four-yard line.
“It was a new half,” said Steelers linebacker Liam Doyle. “We went out there and we played way better than we did in the first half. I thought about the game (as if it) had just started and we were going to make it a lot better.”
Doyle said they’re going to try to carry the momentum gained from the strong second half into their next game at Wainwright against the Guard Dogs this Saturday.
The Colts are on the road in Sherwood Park this weekend for a date against the Rams.
Colts lineman Koen Chocan said they were on their game against the Steelers, but they did get caught with a few penalties. He said they’ll try and change that this weekend.
“The defence was playing good and the offence was playing good, but sometimes the defensive line snuck through,” said Chocan. “Everyone is just going to have to work harder.”