Mustangs confident heading into Wheatland bantam final


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October 27, 2016 12:00 AM

CITY RIVAL The Lloydminster Mustangs may have tied with the Lloydminster Chargers in the Bantam Bowl earlier this season, but the Mustangs got the better of their city rivals when it mattered the most, defeating the Chargers 46-0 in the semi-finals to book their ticket to the championship game against St. Paul.

The Lloydminster Mustangs haven’t been back in the Wheatland Bantam Football League (WBFL) final since they last won it in 2013, making this year’s return not just another step in rebuilding from that team, but perhaps the final stage of it.
With a 46-0 over the Lloydminster Chargers on Saturday in the semi-final, the Mustangs will host the championship game on Saturday against the St. Paul Lions, after going a league best 4-0-1 during the regular season, which so far leaves them as the only undefeated team remaining.
With a victory already in hand over the St. Paul, confidence is high that the WBFL championship will return back to Lloydminster in Mustang hands.
“We were third place last year and to turn it around like we did this year is huge for the kids,” said Mustangs head coach Paul Amundrud. “It’s a really big victory for us.”
High scoring games have been the theme of the Mustangs season, except for the Bantam Bowl game against the Chargers that ended in an 8-8 tie.
But after a hard week of practice, the Mustangs were firing on all cylinders in their semi-final matchup, connected multiple times through the air while finding holes on the ground against a depleted Chargers team that played in the finals last year.
Amundrud said that balance offensive attack has been why the Mustangs have been successful this season and Saturday’s final won’t be any difference. On defence, Lloydminster doesn’t give up much, as they benefit from an experienced core group that want to make the best of their last year in bantam football.
“We’ll ride our defence if we have to and if not, we’ll score more than them,” said Amundrud. “Our plays and our players. They know when their number is called that they have to step up and make it happen.”
Amundrud said St. Paul has a bigger line than they do, which helps them run the football. But the Mustangs have some speed and strength of their own and came away with a victory earlier in the season, so there isn’t any idea that they can’t do it again.
“They got a lot of beef,” said Amundrud.
“Their line and running backs are huge actually. For us, when we played them up in St. Paul we just out ran them. That’s our thing.”
No matter who they play, the Mustangs are confident that the WBFL championship is staying in Lloydminster. After getting the monkey of their back that was the Chargers, who had the Mustangs number of the past couple of seasons, all their focus is now on St. Paul and earning their second WBFL title in four years.
“That Chargers have been the monkey on our back for the past couple of years,” said Amundrud. ” So it was nice to knock the (Chargers) down and get over that hump.”
Kickoff for the game is at 1 p.m. at Rod Kirby Field (St. Mary’s).

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