OLMP Royals drop thriller to J.C. Charyk Hawks
Our Lady of Mount Pleasant Royals running back Quinten Twomey is tackled By J.C. Charyk Hawks Rylie Hoffman (22) in six-man football league action in Camrose on Friday. The Hawks won 48-44. Josh Aldrich/ Camrose Canadian
The Our Lady of Mount Pleasant Royals showed some character in their first game since being knocked back to earth by the No. 1-ranked Rimbey Spartans.
They went toe-to-toe with the No. 5-ranked J.C. Charyk Hawks out of Hanna but fell 48-44 in one of the most exciting games of the season. For a team that is a year-and-a-half old, they are showing major growth.
The Hawks held a three-point lead at the half, but the No. 8 Royals closed the gap early in the second and the two teams traded scores the rest of the game. It came down to the last team to score won, and unfortunately for the Royals, that was J.C. Charyk.
“We came out and showed we could play with them,” said Royals head coach Joe Kucy. “We could have won that game at any point of the game, a few turnovers here and there on a young team in our second year. We’re coming along pretty well with our goal of at the beginning of the year was to make the playoffs.”
Leading the way for the Royals was Quinten Twomey who had three touchdowns while quarterback Will Knopf added two more and Aidan Fountain got the other.
Twomey was huge in all three facets of the game, as he was tough to bring down running the ball and, was big defensively and was a threat in the return game.
“I think our team, did a phenomenal job,.We could have stepped up in a few more places but I’m not upset the least bit with the way we played,” said Twomey. “Now we have to work in practice. We’ve seen we can compete with them, all we have to do is extend our game.”
Knopf also played strong, airing it out late and completing several tough runs to keep drives alive. The Royals even had a chance on the last play of the game to win it with a hail Mary, but were unsuccessful.
The Royals now head into the bye week with a chance to rest and get healthy. It will also give them a chance to take stock of what they have accomplished this season and prepare for their final push for the playoffs, which begins when they host the Holy Cross Hawks out of Strathmore on Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. at Harry Andreassen Field.
“We should do well against them, we’ve got to come out and play hard,” said Kucy.
The Camrose Composite High School Trojans lost 42-7 in Stettler to the Wild Cats on Friday. The Trojans are also on a bye this week and then host the Ponoka Broncs on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at Harry Andreassen Field.