Outlaws give league-leaders toughest run

High Prairie Outlaw players Daylen Rumley [No. 45] and Waylon Lauck [No. 20] try to chase the Grande Prairie Bronco quarterback in Peace County Bantam Football League action Sept. 29 in High Prairie.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

The High Prairie Outlaws were shut out 39-0 at home by the league-leading Grande Prairie Broncos on Sept. 29 in Peace Country Bantam Football League action.

Blanked on the scoreboard for the first time this season, the Outlaws gave the Broncos their toughest challenge of the season.

“Broncos’ coach Anthony Wall said our defence was the strongest they faced so far this year, we didn’t give their quarterback much time to set up and our defensive coverage took away a lot of their passing options,” High Prairie head coach Tom Duchesneau says.

The Broncos outscored their opposition 131-13 after three games before they faced High Prairie.

“Reality is, sometimes you run into a very strong team, and I believe that is what happened,” Duchesneau says.

“We prepared the best that we could for the Broncos, I honestly thought we did very well against the strongest team in the league and no one on the Outlaws team took the game lightly.”

After the Outlaws lost the ball on the opening kickoff, the Broncos scored their first touchdown with less than two minutes into the game and never looked back.

The Outlaws were able to keep the score from running away in the second half after trailing 20-0 after the first quarter and 33-0 at halftime.

“No doubt we would love to have had the chance to run a couple plays over, and it would have been nice if the touchdown we scored wasn’t called back, but that is the way the game goes,” Duchesneau says.

“If we play our remaining games as hard as we did against the Broncos, I will be happy with the outcome no matter what the score is.”

The Outlaws hosted the Peace River Prospectors Oct. 13 in their final home game. High Prairie wraps up the regular season in Grande Prairie when they play the Raiders on Oct. 20.

Austin Kerekanich of the High Prairie Outlaws plows through the Grande Prairie Bronco defence in Peace County Bantam Football League action Sept. 29 in High Prairie.

 

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