SUBMITTED BY TODD LEWIS
The Central Alberta Buccaneers improved to 3-2 July 12, with a big 22-6 win over their Edmonton rivals, the Stallions.
After the initial kickoff, the Bucs maintained strong control over field position. Despite struggling to score offensively, the Bucs had strong drives that incorporated the power-running of #33 rookie running back Junior Riveria and the tight passing of #20 rookie quarterback Cole Stewart. While the offense was able to march down field, they often had to opt for a field goal or punt.
The Buc defense was stingy as usual – the front seven pressured the Stallion quarterback while the secondary demonstrated tight coverage. However, the Stallions were able to make several opportunistic plays that extended drives and forced the Bucs to make a few goal line stops. Thanks to the d-line’s tenacity (and some Stallion penalties) the Bucs were able to minimize these Stallion scoring opportunities.
The Bucs look forward to taking on the 2014 AFL expansion team next weekend, which is also the Bucs’ last home game of the regular season. The Fort McMurray Monarchs have had a strong showing so far in their debut season with a record of 2-3 – both teams are vying for favourable playoff position. It’s sure to be a hard-hitting affair.
On July 10, the Bucs ran a coaching clinic at RDC Summer Camps. Thirteen Buccaneers guided and coached the young campers (aged 6-9 and 10-13) through various football drills. The Buccaneer-coaches hoped to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to football within the campers. New skills were acquired, new friendships were formed, fun was had, and a love of football was shared by all.