On Saturday the Bandits will play the second game in a double-header on Walsh Field in Bonnyville, the Peewee Renegades will warm up the crowd at 3:00 pm, and the Bandits will close the show afterwards at 6:00 pm.
The squad has been undefeated thus far, and things don’t seem to be changing anytime soon says Head Coach of the Bonnyville Bantam Bandits, Dan Jubinville, “we’re pretty strong.” There’s a certain etiquette that comes with being a dominate team, explains Jubinville, “I didn’t really like the score from the Scott MacDonald Memorial game, against Cold Lake. I never like to get the score up so high. We threw everything at them, we even told them the plays we were going to run and we couldn’t do anything that wasn’t working.” The score of that match 73-0. The Bandits, undefeated, have yet to win a game by less than 30 points.
“We actually made a third string offense to combat against [high scores]. There’s a couple of teams that are younger in the league.” Basically, Jubinville doesn’t want to discourage young athletes from continuing on with the game. When scores get too high up there, it can be very deteriorating to the psyche a young player. Being a strong team also gives Jubinville a chance to play his entire team, and some kids who would otherwise be riding pine.
The weekend after the Scott MacDonald, October 3rd, the Bandits traveled to Lloydminster where they took the Mustangs, 44-0. Lloydminster has two teams, of equal strength, the other team being the Chargers, whom the Bandits beat 44-12. “We have a strong team, we have a lot of good athletes. On the norm, you generally have one or two really good athletes and you have the rest who are good. This year we have five or six really good athletes, who are really fast and four right behind them. We have a lot of fast, really good football players.”
The double-header will serve as a the Renegades and Bandits annual Food Drive, all part of Ford We Scare Hunger, explains Jubinville, “anyone coming to the game brings a non-perishable food item. We’re hoping to fill a few trucks for the Food Bank. Even if people just want to stop by and donate food, we can pass it along.”
The Bonnyville Food Bank has experienced a tough year with higher than ever usage and low donations, this will surely help replenish stocks. Ducharme Motors is sponsor the Food Drive, says Coach Jubinville, “everyone who brings a food item will be entered in a draw to win a free detail or oil change.” If you cannot make the games, you can drop a non-perishable food item off at the dealership and enter to win.