Mustangs recapture bantam title


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November 1, 2016 12:00 AM

END ZONE Matthew Morin dives for the end zone during the fourth quarter of the Wheatland Bantam Football League championship game, scoring his second touchdown of the game in a 13-0 Lloydminster Mustangs victory over St. Paul.

The Lloydminster Mustangs were on the ropes for the entire first half against the St. Paul Bengals in Saturday’s Wheatland Bantam Football League (WBFL) championship game.
Pinned in their half of the field for the length of the second quarter, St. Paul had ample amounts of opportunity to break the scoreless game, even seemingly forcing a safety in the end zone which would be called back due to a penalty, however, the stout Mustangs defence held their ground, giving Lloydminster a chance in the second half.
And it didn’t take long.
Matthew Morin ran 30 yards on a screen pass in the third quarter, diving at the line and taking a good shot as he went into the end zone, to give the Mustangs the first touchdown of the game.
He would dive into the end zone for a second score in the fourth quarter, leading the Mustangs to a 13-0 victory over the Bengals, returning the WBFL championship to Lloydminster and giving the Mustangs their second championship in three years.
“We came out pretty slow,” said Mustangs head coach Paul Amundrud. “St. Paul came out fired up and had us on the ropes for the whole first half. It was a pretty tough start for us. It aged me about five years. They were knocking pretty good and we just got lucky that they ended up getting a penalty instead of a safety, or it could have been a different outcome.”
St. Paul could have been ahead by multiple scores had the safety and many red zone trips resulted in points on the scoreboard, but much like the Mustangs have had all season, their defence rose to the challenge and kept the Bengals completely out of the end zone.
Morin’s two touchdowns came after the Mustangs began to take advantage of the Bengals defence, which up until the third quarter, had pretty well shut down the league’s top offence heading into the championship game.
“He’s a big offensive leader for us,” said Amundrud. “He’s a hard runner and he plays tough all game.”
Considering the Mustangs have done their best at distancing themselves on the scoreboard against most of the Wheatland league, save for an 8-8 tie with the Mustangs during a wet and raining Bantam Bowl, Saturday was one of the more competitive competitions for Lloydminster, rising to the challenge to claim another bantam football championship.
“We rose up today, but it’s only going to get tougher from here,” said Amundrud.
“We got to come out firing the whole game. I’d rather be up by 30 than a touchdown, as it changes the whole dynamic of the game when you’re tight coming down to the wire like that, rather than being ahead and being able to do what you want.”
Lloydminster finished the Wheatland football season with a perfect 7-0 record, however, their is still football to be played for the bantam champions, as provincials will begin on Nov. 12, as the Mustangs will travel to Grande Prairie to take on their champion in the Tier 3 division.
A victory there would put the Mustangs back on the bus on Nov. 19, as they would head to central or southern Alberta for the provincial championship game.

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