Sunday , 2 October 2022

Royals Host Westlock T-Birds in Consolation Semi-Final

The regular season is over, and the Cold Lake Royals high school football team will get a chance to end their season on a high note when they host the Westlock Thunderbirds, Saturday afternoon.

A trip to Wainwright for the consolation final hangs in the balance.

The Royals earned their only victory of the season against Westlock 28-26 three weeks ago, and coach Kelly Johnson knows what to expect from the T-Birds double-wing offence.

“We call it a meatgrinder. You just get in there and it’s just a bunch of big dudes carrying the ball, and everybody’s trying to outmuscle everybody,” said Johnson.

“They soak up so much time. They’ll take 8-9 minutes on a drive, go for it on third down almost every time, you just got to outscore them basically.”

Despite Westlock going winless again this year, Johnson anticipates another close game with a healthier squad.

“We’re about the healthiest we’ve been. We beat them 28-26 three weeks ago and I think we’re healthier than we were then.

“It will be a close game. Guaranteed it will be a one touchdown game.”

It could be the last game for the three Grade 12’s on the Royals roster.

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.