Colts head to peewee final

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November 3, 2016 12:00 AM

CHAMPIONSHIP BOUND The Lloydminster Colts peewee football team will head to Bonnyville this weekend to play in the Wheatland Peewee Football League championship game after defeating the Lloydminster Steelers 26-0.

The Lloydminster Colts were challenged to show up for their semi-final playoff game with the Lloydminster Steelers—they ended up coming out and playing their best game of the season.
With 26 unanswered points, the Colts secured their spot in the final by upsetting the Steelers, answered the challenge by head coach Kevin Pilkey, who knew his team would have to play their best game of the season if they wanted to keep their season alive.
“The boys showed up,” said Pilkey. “We challenged them a week ago to get practicing, play hard and the challenge was met. They showed up.”
With a hit-and-miss season, the Colts went 2-4 through the regular season, with one of their losses being a forfeit due to weather.
Being that they had a young team with only 10 returning players from last year of the 36 players on the roster, in which only three players on the offence were 12 years old, it was their best effort to date, showing up mentally for the game right from the very beginning, while maintaining consistent pressure on defence to limit the Steelers offensive movement.
“You knew it through practices they had the potential,” said Pilkey. “They just had to come out and show it.”
With peewee being the lowest level of football in Lloydminster, Pilkey said he makes sure to play every player during the game and not wait for a blow out score.
For the majority of the team, it’s their first time ever putting on pads and playing a down of competitive football, and Pilkey said that developing them as players is more important than wins, losses or championships, as it’s the setup for what the Lloydminster Minor Football Association hopes is a long football career.
“Every kid deserves to play,” said Pilkey. “You have to give them the experience to move up to the next level. The more reps you can give anyone, the better they will be.”
Pilkey’s young team will head to Bonnyville this weekend for the Wheatland Peewee Football League final, where they will take on the top seed Renegades who have not lost a game this season.
They were clearly the top team during the regular season, relying heavily on a few key players who are good athletes and can make plays.
In order for the Colts to win, Pilkey said they will need to step up higher than they did against the Steelers, as the Bonnyville peewee team is at the end of their cycle and has plenty of experience in their lineup that has made them the team they are this season.
“They are a 6-0 team, they are the team to be beaten,” said Pilkey. “They have a good program up there. We’ll have to play over our head. That’s the only way. The boys have to show up, play like they did (against the Steelers) and take it to them and not be afraid of anything.”

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