The Lloydminster C.K. McKean Roofing peewee Colts beat the Wainwright Guard Dogs 38-25 at St. Mary’s Elementary School on Sunday to capture the Larry Sauer Cup. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO
It didn’t take long for the Lloydminster C.K. McKean Roofing peewee Colts to realize they were facing their toughest challenge of the season.
A bitterly cold afternoon on a frozen field lined with stretches of ice and snow greeted the Colts and Wainwright Guard Dogs as each club headed into battle at St. Mary’s Elementary School on Sunday for the Lloydminster Minor Football Association (LMFA) Larry Sauer Cup.
The Guard Dogs started strong with quarterback Isaac Valleau sweeping to the sideline and running the ball 61 yards to the end zone on his team’s third down of their opening possession.
The Colts fumbled deep in their own end on the following series giving the opposition a glorious opportunity to double the lead, but the slick ball proved tricky for the Guard Dogs offence as well, and the home side regained the pigskin.
“It was really hard,” said Colts middle linebacker and centre Jake Orieux. “The first play I made a hit and my hand got numb, so that was really hard for the first half. Then we started feeling a little bit better.”
Colts quarterback Matthew Cavanagh connected with receiver Ryan Oborowsky four plays into their second possession for a 95-yard pass-and-run touchdown to tie the score. Tyler Gerwing split the uprights for the convert and an 8-6 lead with 3:41 to play in the first quarter.
Valleau replied a minute-and-a-half later on another long run down the sideline for the major to put his team ahead 12-8.
The Guard Dogs regained the ball after the touchdown off a short kick, but the team couldn’t move it down the field, giving the Colts possession on their own 35-yard line.
Cavanagh then teamed with Oborowsky and running backs Ethan Grannum, Caden Anderson and Kade Pilkey, to move the ball to the Guard Dogs 11-yard line.
Anderson swept from there to the corner of the end zone to give his team a 14-12 advantage 3:36 into the second quarter.
The hard charging back notched his second touchdown just over six minutes later to make the score 22-12 including the Gerwing convert.
Pilkey and Anderson took turns pounding the ball up the middle to start the third quarter, with the former picking up his team’s fourth major at the 6:07 mark.
“I was just looking for holes,” said Pilkey, who also played defensive end and outside linebacker during the game. “I tried to not stop my feet and find open space.”
Pilkey scored his second touchdown a little over a minute into the fourth quarter to give his team a 38-12 lead. Valleau ran in two late majors in an attempt at the comeback, but the quick-footed quarterback could only bring the score to 38-25 before the final whistle sounded.
“We played really well,” said Valleau. “I’m just disappointed that we couldn’t play as well as we have in past games. But, the Colts played better than us today and just came out as a better team.”
The Larry Sauer Cup win earns the Colts a berth in the Football Alberta Tier 3 peewee championship final against the Stettler Panthers this Sunday at St. Mary’s Elementary School.
Pilkey said they’ll work extra hard in practice this week to prepare for the game while also taking some time to savour their first LMFA title.
“It’s so great,” added Orieux. “I’ve been playing for three years. I’ve come close all three years and made the finals, but finally to win just feels so awesome.”