--PRINCE ALBERT--The Peewee River Riders football team finished the season with their first consecutive-win streak in the club’s history, with a heart stopping 60-55 victory over the Babineau Warriors.
Back-to-back wins over the Warriors secured head coach Wendell Whitter’s, and the team's, first two-game winning streak.
“We actually won the game on the very last play,” said Whitter. “You couldn’t of got anymore excitement.”
The River Riders, through Jordan Soloman’s astronomical 509 rushing yards and six touchdowns, prevailed in a rollercoaster affair.
Babineau took the slimmest of leads – 55-54 - with 3:05 left in the game, inadvertently handing the River Riders a final chance for glory. But Whitter was hesitant about attacking without restraint, as clock management was of paramount concern.
“We’ve got six plays to score but we don’t want to score too quick,” said Whitter as he recalled the winning drive.
A cat and mouse game ensued with the River Riders playing the clock as much as their opponents. The dangerous balancing act worked to perfection, however, as the River Riders barreled down to the one-yard line for the game’s last play.
“We had one play and we had to put all our eggs in one basket,” said Whitter.
And the lateral the River Riders employed almost went disastrously wrong. Soloman, 12, bobbled the hot potato, but was able to recover the fumble, stiff-arming an opponent on his way to the promise land.
Tyler Diakow, the team’s place kicker, also had a proficient game. He converted six of seven conversions to go along with one touchdown. The River Riders (3-6) finished out the season on a high, narrowly prevailing over the Warriors in consecutive weeks.
The Warriors thought they had the game won, said Whitter, as on looking players from the sideline had helmets raised, prematurely, in triumph.
Soloman, meanwhile, played his last game in peewee versus the Warriors, now turning his attention to the higher pace and increased physicality the bantam age group exhibits.