Aden Bowmen's pivot Kyle Siemens hands the ball off to Nathan Salt in football action at Prime Ministers' Park on Friday afternoon. The Crusaders of Carlton lost the game 50-2. Herald photo by Gary Pearson
--PRINCE ALBERT--The Carlton Crusaders football team was unable to maintain their undefeated start to the season on Thursday, losing in resounding fashion to a sharp and well-organized Aden Bowman outfit, 50-2.
“We killed ourselves by making stupid penalties, stupid plays – not knowing what we were doing,” said Crusaders’ running back Jordan Gabriel-Cannon, who rushed for a below-average 44 yards. “We just weren’t on the same page like we have been for the past while.”
Aden Bowman Collegiate Institute (ABCI) played with purpose from the outset, looking the league’s team to beat. Led by quarterback Kyle Siemens, Aden Bowman executed each play with authority and skill. Siemens slung the pigskin for 359 yards, including six touchdown passes.
But the placid pivot was not about to take all the plaudits.
“Everyone is contributing, it’s not just one person,” said the 17-year-old. “Everyone can catch the ball well and make plays. It’s just me getting the ball to them and letting them make plays.”
One member of his receiving core, Tyler Hurlburt, made many bewildering receptions, often reaching into the heavens and descending with the ball in-hand. He made four catches for 141 yards.
ABCI caught fire and found themselves 21-1 up away from home only 11 seconds into the second quarter.
Offensively the home side couldn’t put lengthy, successful drives together. James Thorpe threw for 73 yards, and the team had trouble establishing a ground game. The offensive unit looked fractured and disconnected for lengthy segments of the encounter, and the defensive line found it nearly impossible to put any pressure on Siemens in the pocket.
“I believe in the game plan,” said Crusaders head coach Rylan Michalchuk. “It’s just a matter of executing it.
“We weren’t as prepared as we have been.”
Amid the welter of statistics, Carlton conceded 29 second-quarter points, which among other factors, led to the team’s demise. And although the Crusaders were only outscored 7-1 in the second half, irreparable damage had already been done.
The Bears of Saskatoon improved upon their immaculate record, and now sit comfortably atop the standings at 5-0. It’s back to the drawing board for Carlton. With the loss – their first of the season – the Crusaders drop to 3-1.