The Longest Yard

Inside the Huddle: October 17th

Today’s story is dedicated to the memory of Sandra Poulin, who was a very kind & caring mother and a grandmother of some of the most talented boys and girls I know. Her grandkids can play all kinds of sports, hockey, baseball, football and also sing and dance like no others.

And many of them have other talents that I don’t even know about. Her presence will be missed by all of us at the boys hockey games, where I do most of the announcing and the occasional singing at Christmas time. She may not be sitting in her favorite spot, up in the south east corner under the heat, (when we have it on) but you know for sure, she’s up there somewhere watching and cheering on her team!
Here’s an example of one of the grandkids, Corner linebacker Charlie ‘Chuckles’ Rogal led the St. Paul Bengals in tackles this past Saturday in a losing effort to the Bonnyville Bandits. The final score was 19 to 14 for the Bandits. On the line, the Elk Point boys, defensive end, ‘Danny Boy’ Cardinal and center Odin ‘the Wall’ Smith were in on lots of the tackles too; coming through the middle as well.
The Bandits did not throw the ball in the air at all, playing the running game the whole game. They must have felt threatened by the Bengals backfield, which the talented and speedy ‘Chuckles ‘ is part of, or just playing it save. Plus the fact is, they did have some very strong running backs who were good for 5 or 6 yards every time they carried the ball. The Bengals had the lead in the third quarter 14 to 6 but gave up an interception that was carried in for a touchdown making it 14 to 12, the Bandits missing the uprights for the extra point twice.
Then in the forth quarter, the Bandits blocked a punt on the Bengals 10 yard line, two plays later getting a touchdown making it 19 to 14. Lots of time on the clock at that point but the Bengals just couldn’t get it much past center field, doing a good job of moving the ball when they carried it to the outside on a sweep, but up the middle they could not get anywhere, in fact sometimes going backwards and losing yards.
The Bandits playing it smart killing the clock when they had possession, not taking any chances at all of dropping the ball or risking a turnover winning this one. Both these teams came into this game undefeated, and the next time these two teams meet it will be in the playoffs for all the marbles.
‘Chuckles’ older brother the tough hard-nosed guy, ‘Hank the Tank’ Rogal was playing his part that same day as well, with the St. Paul Lions when they defeated the Cold Lake Royals on Saturday in a playoff game. up in Cold Lake.
The much anticipated wait is almost over, the hockey games are almost here, this coming weekend the midget Avalanche  are playing an exhibition game on Sunday night at 5:00 pm. I would suspect some other teams will be booking some exhibition games as well before this week is over . The North East league scheduling meeting is this coming Saturday, after that we will be in full swing once again.
And now for the K.A. Campbell quote of the week. ‘ As you walk down the fairway of life you must stop and smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.’ – Ben Hogan