It was a weekend full of rivals for all three levels of Cold Lake football. The PeeWees and Seniors found themselves in Bonnyville for the Scott MacDonald Memorial. The Bantams were at home to the St. Paul Bengals. All three teams lost, but there a lot of strides made from each level.
PeeWee team shows promise
The Cold Lake Rams faced the Bonnyville Renegades for the second time in three weeks. The first match-up went as to be expected. The newly-minted Cold Lake team ran into a fierce Renegades squad, who at that point were on a two year winning streak. This week, things went a bit differently. The Rams showed they have been soaking in the knowledge being handed down at practices. The Renegades still took the victory.
“Bonnyville thumped us two weeks ago, and the Bonnyville coaches said we played way better [this week]. It’s a huge positive from those guys. They mercy ruled us last time, but didn’t this time which was awesome.” Royals Head Coach Kelly Johnson analyzes.
Bantams run into beastly Bengals
The bantam Ravens found themselves at Soholt Field on Saturday. The opponent was rival St. Paul, and their bantam Bengals squad. The game always seems to mean more when St. Paul comes to town. The Bantams were in tough against the Bengals team that won 62-0 the week previous. The Bengals emerged victorious this weekend with a 44-12 win.
Seniors go toe-to-toe with Bonnyville
The Royals played their game under the lights in Bonnyville this week. The Voyageurs looked shaky early on, as the Royals pounced to a 7-0 lead. The first half ended with a 13-13 tie. Both teams seemed to be caught in a tug of war match for much of the game. The Royals were up 20-13 in the late going of the 4th quarter, when a deep pass down field by the Voyageurs put them in front. The Royals defense allowed a 65 yard run with just a minute left that sealed a Voyageurs victory. The Royals had heads held high after the game. What many in Bonnyville had predicted as a manageable could have easily gone in favour of the Royals. As Coach Kelly Johnson has said all year, he is happy to have the team surprise the opposition.
“It was back and forth all game. It was definitely exciting. I thought the kids played well. We surprised Bonnyville a bit, and we were more physical then them. It was good for us.” Coach Kelly Johnson says.