It was a busy weekend for Prince Albert’s football teams with every club continuing to turn in strong performances. The two high school teams – Carlton and St. Mary – each won on the road in Saskatoon High School Football League action while Prince Albert Collegiate Institute mounted an impressive comeback in its first-ever game played under the lights at Prime Ministers’ Park. Both River Rider teams were also in action on Sunday to complete the busy schedule.
Following is a brief summary of each of the five teams and where they play next.
The Crusaders collected their first win of the season in style as they outscored the Mount Royal Mustangs from Saskatoon 41-7 on Thursday at Gordie Howe Bowl.
Carlton, which is now 1-1 on the season, got two touchdowns from Devereaux Gatin and one each from Kyle Diebert, Dustin Shier and Jullian Bird in recording the lopsided victory. Devereaux finished the game with three catches for 97 yards and Bird completed six of 18 attempts for 194 yards in addition to rushing the ball for 131 yards on 11 carries. Lukas McConechy and Brett Diebert led the defence with four tackles each.
The Crusaders will stay on the road for one more week when they are back in Saskatoon on Friday for a game against Tommy Douglas. Carlton will play its next home game on Sept. 28 when North Battleford visits Prime Ministers’ Park.
St. Mary Marauders
After a disappointing season-opening loss to Bethlehem, the Marauders rebounded with a convincing 15-3 triumph in North Battleford on Friday.
George Leberio and Bryant Sackney provided the offence with one touchdown each and the only points given up were on a conceded safety and a single from a punt that sailed through the end zone. St. Mary also had two long touchdowns called back on holding penalties or the score could have been worse.
August Skrudland started the game as the St. Mary quarterback, but he was pulled in favour of Leberio during the game.
The Marauders return to action on Friday when they will host Saskatoon’s Holy Cross at Prime Ministers’ Park. The game will be a rematch of last year’s semifinals when Holy Cross outscored St. Mary 44-0 and Marauders’ head coach Curt Hundeby says his club will have to be ready for the test.
“Their offence is really straightforward, they just do it really, really well,” says Hundeby. “We have to play more polished football and eliminate the penalties.”
PACI Golden Bears
The Golden Bears improved to 2-0 on the season with a 52-38 victory over Meath Park in Fort Carleton Six-Man Football League action on Friday at Prime Ministers’ Park.
Trailing 30-24 at half-time, the Golden Bears scored the next 28 points before Meath Park completed the scoring with a late touchdown and two-point convert.
Quarterback Nick Patrick was the offensive star for PACI scoring four touchdowns and rushing for 230 yards. Alex Ugarkovic also had four touchdowns – two on offence and two on defence. Cody Hall-Shand and Wendell Halkett-Lafond each had six tackles for the Golden Bears.
PACI returns to action on Thursday when they travel to Birch Hills.
Bantam River Riders
Entering Sunday’s game against the Arns Falcons from Saskatoon, the bantam River Riders were 2-0 and it looked like they were going to remain perfect as they had a 14-0 advantage at the end of three quarters of play. The River Riders are still unbeaten, but the chase for perfection ended when the Falcons scored 14 unanswered points to pull out a single point in a 14-14 tie.
Jordan Solomon was once again the offensive star scoring a pair of lengthy rushing touchdowns for the River Riders with Shelton Paul hauling in a pass from Landon Aimoe for a two-point convert on the second scoring play.
The River Riders return to action next Sunday when they will host the Holt Bulldogs at 3 p.m. at Prime Ministers’ Park.
Pee Wee River Riders
It was a tough day for the pee wee River Riders for more than the final score.
Losing 32-6 to the Warman Wolverines was the furthest thing from anyone’s minds after quarterback Miranda Bellisle was taken to the hospital by ambulance with a serious leg injury.
Head coach Wendell Whitter said the injury was likely season ending for the No. 1 signal caller and he was visibly shaken by the incident, which he says happened when Bellisle was hit in an awkward position.
Logan Robins scored the River Riders’ only points in the final minute of the game leaving Prince Albert with a 0-3 record as they prepare to host the Holt Bulldogs at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Prime Ministers’ Park.