Trojans get first win of season against Rebels
CCHS Trojans defensive back Andrew Fletcher tackles West Central Rebels running back Chase Clarke in Camrose on Sept. 28. CCHS won 18-0. Josh Aldrich/ Camrose Canadian
The Camrose Composite High School Trojans can finally breath.
The Trojans broke into the win column last week by shutting out the West Central Rebels out of Rocky Mountain House 18-0 in high school football action at Harry Andreassen Field.
It has been a season filled with difficult games and even tougher lessons as they continue their rebuilding process.
“I am really proud of the guys, they played a complete game. That’s what I’ve been waiting for from this team for six weeks and it came together tonight,” said head coach Adam Belanger. “We’re a young team, but I kept telling them, ‘the talent’s there, it’s going to be there guys,’ and they just had to believe and they showed it tonight.”
From the start, this game just went their way.
Despite the Trojans having to punt on their opening drive, the Rebels muffed the return and CCHS recovered the ball. They didn’t score, but it set the field position for the rest of the first half, eventually leading to a surrendered safety by the West Central punter at 9:47 of the opening frame.
With time ticking down in the first half, CCHS quarterback Drew Loosemore hit receiver Kieran Batke for a 50-yard gain over the middle to set up a two-yard touchdown run by Nick Ioanidis to put the Trojans up 9-0 at the break.
At 6:13 of the third quarter, running back Dorian Gibbs scored on a five-yard sweep to increase their lead to 15-0 with a missed extra point.
Terryl Sherman capped the scoring for the Trojans with a 15-yard field goal.
The defence, however, was the story for CCHS, holding the Rebels offence to minus-13 yards rushing and 99 yards passing. Sherman led the way with six tackles, one assist, one knockdown and a forced fumble. Dylan Barton, Dorian Gibbs, and Jesse Doutre all had quarterback sacks.
“That was our D-line’s game and they played great, setting up, getting a lot of pressure on the quarterback,” said Belanger. “We had the scheme set up properly for them and the guys executed it really well.”
Offensively, the Trojans did most of their work on the ground. Loosemore finished the game two-for-four for 51 yards passing, while they racked up 313 yards rushing total in the game.
Ioanidis had 171 of those yards on 24 carries with a touchdown while Gibbs provided several big plays and emerged as a solid second weapon with 82 yards on 14 carries.
“(Gibbs’) strength is his speed outside, and he showed that,” said Belanger. “He had a really nice run to score our second touchdown and set things up with his speed.”
The Trojans have a tough task ahead of them as they head to Stettler to play the Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The Wildcats (3-1) are ranked No. 8 in tier IV in the province and are coming off a 45-23 win over Wetaskiwin, the No. 8-ranked team in tier III, who lost for the first time this season.
“To hang with them, we’ll have to play like men,” said Belanger. “They’re men, they play hard, they hit hard, we’re going to have to equal their physicality. We had the edge on Rocky because we out physicalled them, we’re going to have to equal Stettler’s physicality and then use our speed.”