River Riders nearly pull out win

Perry Bergson
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The bantam River Riders backfield prepares for a play at Max Clunie Field in their 24-20 loss to the Warriors from Saskatoon. 

Despite having just 21 players dressed for the game, the bantam River Riders almost pulled off a small miracle in minor football league action played Sunday at Max Clunie Field. 

With several players being required to play on both sides of the ball due to the manpower shortage, the River Riders put up a valiant effort only to lose 24-20 to the Warriors from Saskatoon. Jordon Solomon accounted for all of the River Riders’ scoring as he rushed for two touchdowns and returned a punt for another. 

Solomon also had a two-point convert on the final scoring play of the game. The River Riders, who fall to 1-5 in the Saskatoon Kinsmen Football League standings, will host the Mad Dogs on Wednesday for their final home game of the year before finishing the regular season on Oct. 16 with a game in Saskatoon against the Steelers. 

The pee wee River Riders were also in action on Sunday and with Cody Folmer intercepting the first pee wee Warrior pass of the game and Aidan Anderson scoring a touchdown a few plays later it looked promising for the River Riders to snap their winless string. 

That was not to be the case however, as a powerful Warrior squad controlled the remainder of the game and finished with a 53-6 triumph. The pee wee River Riders are in Saskatoon on Wednesday to face the Steelers before completing the season on Oct. 16 at home against the Mad Dogs. 

Other football action from the weekend had the St. Mary Marauders see their two-game high school winning streak snapped with a 33-0 loss in Saskatoon against Walter Murray while the Carlton Crusaders remain winless after a 62-20 setback to perennial juggernaut Holy Cross from Saskatoon. 

Julian Bird, with a 71-yard quarterback sneak, Ty Siwicki on a 33-yard catch-and-run play from Bird and Shelton Paul on a two-yard scamper scored the touchdowns for the Crusaders with Ryan Earing kicking a pair of converts. 

The Crusaders return to action on Thursday when they will host Bethlehem at 6:30 p.m. at Max Clunie Field while St. Mary travels to Saskatoon on Friday to face Centennial. There will be just one game each remaining on the schedule after this week with Carlton finishing their season on the road against St. Joseph’s in Saskatoon while St. Mary will host Aden Bowman. 

Both of those games will be played on Oct. 18. Shown in the photo are the bantam River Riders’ backfield -- Jordon Solomon (33) and Jacques Lavoie (34) getting ready for a play during Sunday’s exciting game against the Warriors. Herald Photo by Dave Leaderhouse


Organizations: Steelers, Saskatoon Kinsmen Football League

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Bethlehem

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