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Rebels Dominate Crusaders

Oakley Durham scores a touchdown during a game between the Delisle Rebels and the John Paul II Collegiate Crusaders on October 5

The Delisle Rebels football team cruised to a 86-26 victory over the John Paul II Collegiate Crusaders in Delisle, on October 5.
With the win, Delisle is 5-0 and there’s a lot at stake for the Rebels in their final game of the regular season, as they face the undefeated Unity Warriors for a battle of first place.
“The next game is probably the biggest game in our season,” said Rebels head coach Ken Byers. “The winner of that game will be the league champions and then secondly the winner of that will have the highest seed going into the playoffs.”
In the contest against the Crusaders, Delisle started the game on defence and even though a couple penalties went against the home team, the Rebels stopped the drive on a turnover on downs.
Delisle gained possession of the ball on their own 45-yard line. After a short gain on second down a third down gamble paid off when Rebels running back Will Major ran 50 yards for a touchdown.
Delisle’s next offensive possession started around midfield and it only took a couple of plays to find the end zone. Quarterback Colton Noel threw a long pass to Brant Wiebe and from the 15-yard line Noel found Damon Ryan in the end zone for a touchdown.
Delisle ended up leading 31-0 after the first quarter. John Paul II scored on it’s first possession of the second quarter, but that’s all the points they would get in the first half.
The Rebels scored each time they had control of the ball throughout the first two quarters and led 73-6 going into the third quarter.
In the second half, Delisle’s junior players got a lot of reps, and Byers believes that experience will help the team in the long run.
“We don’t want to just be successful this year, but we want to be successful year-after-year, and the only way we do that is if we get the juniors on the field and they get some playing time,” he said.
What really impressed Byers was the Rebels scored three touchdowns on special teams.
“It’s refreshing because we spend so much time on special teams in practice, but we haven’t tasted the fruits of our labour until last week and this week. So it gives us some momentum going into next week.”
Not only did the special teams score on punt and kick returns, the Rebels also scored a couple of field goals as well, which Byers was really happy to see.
“We got two field goals in the game and I don’t know if we’ve gotten two field goals in a season before. We’ve got a kid kicking who is really good and so I’m glad that we had a chance to get him on the field,” Byers said.
The 86 points the Rebels scored in the game was the most points they’ve scored all season, and Byers thought that was a good way to build momentum going into the final game of the regular season.

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