Bucs lose a tight one against 2014 Expansion Team, 14-9

The Central Alberta Buccaneers were in a defensive battle against the Fort McMurray Monarchs, Saturday, July 19.

Jamie Blinkhorn (#83) of the Buccaneers eludes several Monarch defensemen on an offensive play in the game against Fort McMurray Monarchs on Saturday

Jamie Blinkhorn (#83) of the Buccaneers eludes several Monarch defensemen on an offensive play in the game against Fort McMurray Monarchs on Saturday

SUBMITTED BY TODD LEWIS

The Central Alberta Buccaneers were in a defensive battle against the Fort McMurray Monarchs, Saturday, July 19.

Partly due to the inclement weather and partly due to strong defense, both teams’ offenses struggled to gel and find rhythm. Two of the three touchdowns in the game were scored on special teams.

The Bucs scored on a botched snap (wide receiver and punter, #85 Matt Merkely, ran over 90 yards for the sole Buccaneer touchdown of the game) and the Monarchs scored on a punt return.

The Monarchs did eventually manage to drive the ball into the Buccaneer red zone, raising the score to 14-7.

The Bucs were able to score a safety, but it just wasn’t enough to even the score. With the 14-9 loss, the Bucs move to fifth place in the AFL with an even record of 3-3.

Players and coaching staff have a bye week to reload and prepare for the final game of the regular season. The Bucs travel north to St. Albert in order to take on the 2-4 Stars in a game that has huge playoff implications.

If the Bucs win against the Stars, (provided the Monarchs lose their final game), they will clinch a home playoff game.