It was a mixed bag of results for local football teams this weekend as three were handily defeated, one battled to a stalemate and another recorded a lopsided win of its own.
With the season winding down, the games are starting to have more meaning and for a pair of the local squads, the playoffs are in their sights.
Following is a run-down of what transpired on the grid iron over the weekend.
A stern pep talk at half time by head coach Rylan Michalchuk got the message through to the Crusaders as they erupted for 21 points and recorded a convincing 40-17 over the visiting North Battleford Vikings on Friday at Prime Ministers’ Park.
After having watched an early 14-0 advantage disappear and the lead down to just five points at half time, the Crusaders dominated the last half of the game allowing North Battleford just three points, two on a safety and another on a missed field goal that sailed through the end zone.
Quarterback Jullian Bird spurred the second-half explosion scoring a pair of touchdowns on the ground and connecting with Ben Bihun and Dustin Shier for two more strikes through the air. Bird had earlier fired touchdown passes to Scott Petrula and Devereaux Gatin with Gatin adding the remaining points by kicking two converts and converting another with a two-point running play.
The win improves Carlton’s record to 2-2 and they will play their final road game on Thursday when they travel to Saskatoon to take on Bethlehem.
St. Mary Marauders
For the first half of the Marauder’s game against the Bishop James Mahoney Saints on Thursday, it looked like either team could win.
That changed in the second half, however, as the Saints took total control and returned to Saskatoon with a 43-20 triumph.
Travis Sjogren had a pair of rushing touchdowns in the first half to keep St. Mary within striking distance as the hosts were only down 21-13 when the break arrived, but by the time Bryant Sackney scored on a two-yard run in the final minute the outcome had been determined.
George Leberio had the other points for St. Mary as he converted two of the three touchdowns while having the other blocked.
The loss drops the Marauders’ record to 1-3 and the schedule doesn’t get any easier as they are on the road for their next two starts – Thursday against St. Joseph’s in Saskatoon and Oct. 11, again in Saskatoon, against Aden Bowman.
PACI Golden Bears
The PACI Golden Bears had their winning streak come to an abrupt halt on Thursday when they were outscored 68-6 by the Shellbrook Aardvarks in Fort Carleton Six-Man Football League action at PACI.
Landon Lajeunesse’s 75-yard kick return for a touchdown was the lone bright spot for the Golden Bears, who entered the game with a 3-0-0 record to start the season.
Dorin Canada had three touchdowns for Shellbrook.
The Golden Bears will try and get back on track this Thursday when they host Aberdeen at 4 p.m. at PACI. After that contest, PACI will have just one game left on the schedule when they travel to Rosthern on Oct. 18.
Bantam River Riders
For the second time in three weeks, a winner couldn’t be decided as the bantam River Riders battled the Maddogs to a 6-6 draw on Sunday in Martensville.
Jordon Solomon had the lone touchdown for the River Riders, who had several other attempts deep inside the Martensville zone coming up just short.
The River Riders are now at 3-0-2 and will be on the road in Saskatoon for two more games – Wednesday against the Babineau Warriors and Oct. 10 against the Schoenhals Titans – before concluding the regular season at home on Oct. 14 against the Tinkler Raiders.
Pee Wee River Riders
A long season for the pee wee River Riders was made a lot longer on Sunday when they fell 48-0 to the Martensville Maddogs.
The River Riders are now 0-5 on the season and have scored just two touchdowns in those five games. However, the experience will be beneficial to many as they make the move to the bantam squad next year.
Like their older contemporaries, the pee River Riders are also in Saskatoon for the next two weeks as they play Schoenhals on Wednesday and the Arns Falcons on Oct. 10 before completing the season on Oct. 14 against the Tinkler Raiders.