Friday , 28 January 2022

Voyageurs, Bandits Win at 9th Annual Scott MacDonald

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The Bonnyville Voyageurs and Bandits delighted the crowd at the 9th Annual Scott MacDonald Memorial tournament with a pair of wins to extend each of their winning streaks.

The Voyageurs beat the Westlock Thunderbirds 31-6, and the Bandits beat the Lloydminster Jr. Red Dogs.

At halftime of each game, players from the Renegades, Bandits, Voyageurs, and even a couple Pontiacs shaved their heads to support the cause. This year $11,200 was raised towards cancer initiatives.

The Voyageurs were riding high from an adversity testing performance against the Tier I Lacombe Rams last week on their bye, and matched up the against the tricky double-wing offense of the Westlock Thunderbirds.

Quarterback Miles Debler threw his first touchdown pass of the season in the second quarter, which gave the Voyageurs a 15 point cushion at halftime.

“We’ve got some mental mistakes that we’ve got to work on. But overall we executed good in this game, and hopefully we can continue the winning streak,” said Debler.

Brady Christians looks imposing on the field playing both sides of the ball, and made some tough defensive plays too to keep the Westlock attack under wraps.

“My style is more of I don’t know what I’m doing so I just run into them…I’m not too experienced in this but I really enjoy it. If I can run through them – almost as easy as around them,” said Christians.

Brady and his sister Cassie both play on the Voyageurs. Cassie shaved her head at halftime after reaching her fundraising goal of $2,000.

The Voyageurs (3-0) will take on the St. Paul Lions (2-2) next weekend at Regional Field under their new lights.

“They’re definitely a hard-hitting team. Their offense is good I hear, their defense is good from what I’ve seen in bantam. We’re just going to prepare against their offense and see what they got,” said Miles Debler.

The Bandits moved to 3-0 on the season.


About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.