Outlaws fall yards, seconds short

Richard Froese
South Peace News

The High Prairie Outlaws fell just seconds, yards and points short of recording their first- ever win in the Peace Country Bantam Football League.

A last-second touchdown drive ended on the two-yard line as the Outlaws lost 28-26 to the Bulldogs in Wembley in a big comeback Sept. 15.

“Although we played very well in the later part of the game, I felt we should have won the game, as we had several more opportunities to score,” head coach Tom Duchesneau says.

Austin Kerekanich led the offensive attack.

“Our lead blocking was much better in this game, as we were able to protect our running back, allowing Austin to run the ball,” Duches- neau says.

With less than one minute left in the game, the Outlaws scored on another drive by Kerekanich that was followed up by a two-point conversion by Ethan Haussler on a reverse play to narrow the deficit to two points with only 43 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

“We were able to force a turnover with 7.4 seconds left, and with our last play, we ran from the 38-yard line to within two yards of the end zone,” Duchesneau says.

High Prairie got off to a slow start in the game and allowed the Bulldogs to score on their opening drive to make it 8-0. The Bulldogs scored again in the first quarter to make it 14-0.

“We made a big error when we were on the Bulldogs’ one-yard line, in a first-and-goal situation, when we fumbled the ball,” Duchesneau says.

It led to another touchdown by Wembley to make it 22-0.

High Prairie responded with a touchdown by Kerekanich to make it 22-6 after the first half.

The Outlaws started the third quarter strong but surrendered another touchdown to build the Wembley lead to 28-6.

Offence started to come together and lead blocking started to work, as Kerekanich ran in two more touchdowns, to narrow the score to 28-18.

The Outlaws next play on Sept. 29 when they host the Grande Prairie Broncos at 2 p.m., then the Peace River Prospectors in their final home game on Oct. 13.


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