Trojans end regular season with win over Ponoka
The Camrose Composite High School Trojans football team have the opportunity to end their season on a high.
The Trojans defeated the Ponoka Broncs 20-8 in Camrose on Friday to finish the regular season in fifth place in the Central Alberta Football League. They will now face the winner of sixth place Ponoka and seventh-place Rocky Mountain House to determine final rankings in the league with a fifth-place playoff game — first place will play fourth, second plays third and then the winner of those two games play in the league final.
“We had a good game plan going in and the guys executed real well,” said head coach Adam Belanger. “We bent a little bit but we didn’t break.
Dorian Gibbs, Nick Ioanidis, and Drew Loosemore all scored touchdowns for the Trojans while Terryl Sherman was two for three on extra point attempts. Ioanidis carried the offensive load for CCHS and piled up 125 yards on 29 carries while Gibbs had added 59 yards on four carries. Loosemore completed one of three pass attempts for 13 yards to Scott Gilroy.
Gilroy also contributed on defence with two sacks and three solo tackles while Sherman led the Trojans with five tackles and Jesse Dutre had a big play early sacking the Broncs’ quarterback and forcing a fumble.
Belanger says he is pleased with how his club is playing heading into the post-season.
“We’ve progressed well,” he said. “We’re a young team and we’re learning the game real well, it’s just a matter of not making the same mistakes over and over again. We’ve eliminated that a little bit but we still have some growing to do.”
Royals edge Hawks
Our Lady of Mount Pleasant Royals quarterback Will Knopf is growing up before head coach Joe Kucy’s eyes.
The pivot put the Royals on his back on a final drive to beat the Holy Cross Hawks 50-44 in six-man high school football action on Friday night in Camrose.
The Royals scored a touchdown to go up 44-42 with 2:47 to go in the game, and the Grade 11 QB engineered a game-winning touchdown drive, which included several big runs to set up the winning score.
“He had the mark of a leader which we needed at quarterback and didn’t get too rattled even though he got sacked a few times and got hit hard a few times, he was good,” said Kucy.
Knopf was confident when he got the ball back that they could re-take the lead, their biggest concern was time management and not leaving enough seconds on the clock for Holy Cross to respond
“We wanted to slow down the game, we wanted to keep the clock running,” said Knopf. “We were confident we were going to put the ball (into the end zone).”
The Royals have leaned heavily on the running attack this season with Quinton Twomey but Kucy and Knopf are starting to incorporate the passing game more into the play calling.
“It’s real important just to throw off the opposing defence,” said Knopf.
The Royals led for most of the second half before their offence fell silent in the fourth quarter. It was enough for the Hawks to briefly grab the lead before the final drive.
The win gives the Royals three on the season, surpassing last year’s total of two and puts them in position for a playoff push.
“We’re already one game better than we were last year and that’s all you can ask as a coach of a brand-new team,” he said. “We’ve got a chance to go 5-2 and go to the playoffs, that’s all you want.”
This week they were in Brooks to play St. Joe’s on Wednesday but no score was available at press time and then end their regular season against Heritage Christian in Calgary.