Submitted by Battle River Shock
Battle River Shock football team — a mix of players from Ponoka and Lacombe as well as Wetaskiwin, Stettler and Camrose — met the Lloydminster Red Dogs at ME Global field in Lacombe on Good Friday.
Freezing temperatures and a brisk wind made for unpleasant conditions but the game must go on! Ponoka’s Jared Bussiere (#24) had one run this game with a total of 14 yards gained despite the slippery field.
The Red Dogs shut out the Shock with a 41-0 final score but all the players enjoyed a hot meal of chili to warm up afterwards.
In a previous game, Battle River Shock had a tough go.
Despite a 51 to 14 loss against the Edmonton Seahawks April 8 at Clareview Turf Field in Edmonton, there were signs of overall improvement throughout the team.
Bussiere served up two touchdowns and racked up 166 yards while quarterback Patrick Bennett (Sylvan Lake) totaled 243 passing yards and 20 rushing yards throughout the game.
On the defensive side, Kelly Page (Erskine) had five tackles and two assists while Calvin Johnson (Wetaskiwin) joined in with three tackles and four assists.
The Battle River Shock will meet the Edmonton Chargers at Jasper Place Bowl in Edmonton on April 22 at 3 p.m.