Outlaws still pushing for first victory

High Prairie Outlaw player Austin Kerekanich tackles a Grande Prairie Norsemen player during a 20-8 loss on Sept. 8 at the E.W. Pratt Field.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

The High Prairie Outlaws scored a late touchdown as the home team lost 20-8 to the Grande Prairie Norsemen in Peace Country Bantam Football League action Sept. 8.

Austin Kerekanich ran in a touchdown from nine yards with 7:43 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Outlaws’ quarterback Jace Supernault handed the ball off to Kerekanich before Raiden Duchesneau made a key lead block to open up a lane to run through, head coach Tom Duchesneau says.

“Once again, I thought we played a very good game, although it was tough to see that we allowed a touchdown with only two seconds remaining in the first half to trail 12-2,” Duches- neau says.

“It sure would have been nice to start the second half down by only four.”

The Norsemen scored on only two plays from deep in their end to score.

Duchesneau says the skills and confidence are building in all aspects of the game.

“Our offence worked better in the game as we were able to push down the field, unfortunately, we did not capitalize on the many chances we had when we were in scoring distance,” Duchesneau says.

“Our special teams played very well, as we made huge improvements to our punting and kick returns since our last game.”

Blockers are also making strides.

“Our lead blocking is going to be the key to our offensive success, we have been concentrating this in practice, and hopefully, it will start to fall into place,” says Duchesneau.

He expects the team to progressively improve and lead to a win.

“Our games are getting much more exciting as we have been very equal to the teams that we played so far this year,” Duchesneau says.

“Each of the first two games could have gone either way.”

Six new players were added to the roster the week before the game, he says.

“That is a great indicator that the youth in town are also getting more excited about football and want to be a part of it, which has been our goal from the beginning.”

“The victories on the scoreboard will come, but when you look at how far the program has come in the past two years, I am very proud to say that we are already winning.”

After visiting the Wembley Bulldogs on Sept. 15, the Outlaws next play on Sept. 29 when they host the Grande Prairie Broncos at 2 p.m. High Prairie welcome the Peace River Prospectors in their final home game on Oct. 13.


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