The Fighter Jets domination at home continued on Saturday in the season opener.
Cold Lake thrashed the Edmonton Elite 33-9 in the first AFL game of the campaign at Tom Varghese Field in front of a couple hundred fans.
With a stifling defensive effort, the Elite struggled to gain yards for much of the first half. The Fighter Jets scored two early touchdowns to take a 14-0 lead and carried the play from there.
Quarterback Raushaun Provo said the team has a lot of confidence in the early-going.
“It was an expected W. We knew we were going to win,” Provo told Lakeland Connect after the game. “We had a feeling right? We practiced hard all week and we came together good as a good group of guys. Man, we got a good team this year. We’re going to be a problem this year for a few guys this season.”
Cold Lake added another touchdown before the end of the 1st half to claim a 21-0 at the break. From there, they allowed their defence to get to work. Edmonton scored a TD to start the 2nd half, but otherwise, only scored two more points as Cold Lake conceded a safety after a goal-line stand.
It was too little, too late for the Elite.
“They really picked it up for us on the second half. The offense, we couldn’t really get it all together get it moving right. But the defense really held strong and kept the points off the board for them and really did us a solid. I can say that a solid for sure,” said Provo.
“We brought a we brought a good group of core guys from the city. You know what city I’m talking about people? That’s Toronto. That’s where we’re from the City of Toronto.”
Next week, the Fighter Jets “fly” to take on the Calgary Wolfpack before coming back to their home turf.
“It should be a good game. They got a bunch of recruits in this year. They’re looking pretty good on paper. But paper doesn’t mean nothing to us though.”