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Longhorns fall short in season opener

Quarterback Morgan Hildebrandt follows a block from Adam Boldt as he tries to sneak into the end zone during a game in Wakaw against the Warriors on September 14

The Rosthern Longhorns football team came up short in their season opener, dropping a 78-64 decision to the Wakaw Warriors on September 14, in Wakaw.
The Longhorns got off to a blazing start, scoring on their first offensive play of the game.
On the ensuing kickoff, Rosthern’s special teams stepped up and recovered the ball after a misplay by the Warriors. The Longhorns’ offence quickly found the end zone and after the convert Rosthern led 16-0. Continue reading “Longhorns fall short in season opener”

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Martensville Royals step up game against JPII Crusaders

What a difference a week makes.
After a lopsided season-opening loss to Delisle on September 8, the host Martensville Royals rebounded strongly to give the JPII Crusaders of North Battleford a run for their money at Wilson Field on Friday, September 15.

Martensville Royals’ Zach Plaxin prevents a catch by JPII Crusaders’ Thomas Swanson

The Crusaders won the game 28-21 on the strength of a second-half come-from-behind rally, but they really had to work at it.
The Royals, meanwhile, owned the first half, exploding for some impressive plays on offence. Defensively as well, the hard lessons learned by the Royals in their first game were clearly put to good use.
“We improved drastically over the week of practice, and gave ourselves a chance to win a football game,” said Royals head coach Lyle Evanisky. “We weren’t able to put up any points on offence in the second half, and mental mistakes really cost us.
“That’s inexperience with a young team, but players are starting to look more comfortable.” Continue reading “Martensville Royals step up game against JPII Crusaders”

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Rebels, Royals kick off new season under the lights

The Delisle Rebels cruised to a 49-0 win over the host Martensville Royals in the first-ever night game at Wilson Field on Friday, September 8.

Shamus Sawatsky of the Martensville Royals prevents a touchdown reception by Delisle Rebels’ Ryan Olson during the opening quarter of the night game at Wilson Field in Martensville

The opening game of the season for both teams couldn’t have been played in more perfect conditions. A huge crowd, balmy temperatures, manicured field and ten huge floodlights provided a movie-set atmosphere for the Friday Night Lights match-up. The only flaw in the script, from the Royals’ point of view, was the score.
The Rebels got on the board first with just over three minutes to go in the opening quarter when quarterback Colton Noel connected with receiver Oakley Durham for the first of his two touchdowns on the night. The Rebels spread the scoring around, with Brant Wiebe, Will Major, Ryan Olson and Brett Paulhus also registering majors in the second and third quarters. Continue reading “Rebels, Royals kick off new season under the lights”

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