Royals dominate Panthers with first shutout
Josh Aldrich/ Camrose Canadian OLMP Royals running back Mason Kucy runs past Provost Panthers Tanner Israelson during six-man football action in Camrose on Friday. OLMP won 52-0.
The Our Lady of Mount Pleasant Royals are going to have difficulty sneaking up on many teams if they continue to play the way they did on Friday in their six-man football league home opener.
The No. 10-ranked Royals steam-rolled the No. 9 Provost Panthers 52-0.
“Fantastic effort, I thought it was going to be a back and forth game. They had just beaten Sedgewick and last year we had a war with them,” said OLMP head coach Joe Kucy. “Our kids are progressing, they’re coming along really well, we’re throwing the ball well, we’re running the ball, and everyone got to play.”
The game was never in question as the Royals broke out to a 40-0 lead at half time and added two more touchdowns in a straight time second half while working in many of their younger players in more prominent roles.
“It’s fantastic, we had Grade 9s on the field, they’re catching the ball, they’re working to the play, that’s what we’re trying to do, improve everybody,” said Kucy.
Quarterback William Knopf accounted for three touchdowns while Grade 12 running backs Quinton Twomey and Dawson Twitchell both found the end zone twice.
The win bumped the Royals up to No. 8 in the Football Alberta rankings as OLMP improved to 2-0 for the first time. It was also the first ever shutout posted by their defence in the season and a half they’ve been up and running.
“It’s so exciting, last year we only won two games all year and this gives us an opportunity,” said Kucy. “We’re trying to progress.”
Their task will get a lot more difficult this weekend when they host the No. 1 ranked Rimbey Spartans on Friday, who are coming off a 32-12 win over St. Joseph’s Collegiate out of Brooks.
“Rimbey is going to move the ball well,” said Kucy. “They’ve been in the provincial championship the last two years in a row and they’ve lost to St. Joe’s … so they’re hungry for a provincial championship.”
CCHS Trojans looking for first win
The Camrose Composite High School Trojans are hoping to build off an improved effort last week, after losing 32-12 to the H.J. Cody Lakers in Sylvan Lake on Thursday.
Their execution, which has hurt them all season, hurt them again last week, but there were big improvements in their overall game. Head coach Adam Belanger said he was encouraged by their effort, especially after a poor performance against Drayton Valley the week before.
“We played them well, we were able to move the ball well and Nick (Ioanidis) had a real good game running the ball, had a really big return that sparked us,” said Belanger. “We came out slow though. We had some issues on defence where we would do three plays right and then four plays wrong. It was a bit of a back and forth for us as we struggled with our consistency.”
This weekend they host the West Central Rebels out of Rocky Mountain House at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
“We’ll keep with our systems, the guys are playing and learning real well,” said Belanger. “It’s a matter of execution and not having those breakdowns at the right time.”
Phillips named Setter of the Week
CCHS product Karli Phillips is already making an impact with the Rainy River Community College Voyagers women’s volleyball team.
The first year player had 15 total kills, over 50 set assists and more than 30 digs in two Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference matches and was named North Division setter of the week.