By Greg Price
Battling the elements and its opposition, the W.R. Myers Rebels football team managed a dominating 41-12 win over Winston Churchill Bulldogs at Ken McDonald Memorial Sports Park, in a cold, windy and rain-soaked game on Friday.
“We had a bit of a flu bug go around amongst the team, and a few of our key players were either sick or recovering. That kind of thing makes for a game that tests character, especially when you have to play in the driving rain like that,” said Jason Jensen, defensive co-ordinator for the W.R. Myers Rebels football team.
The Bulldogs tried to air it out at the beginning of the game to no avail, quickly sticking to a ground and pound game.
“They have a couple of really good runningbacks, and a lot of size on the O-line, so they were able to drive on us a bit. There was an unfortunate kick return of over 80 yards that allowed them to punch in an easy score to start the second half, and another play where the muddy footing caused one of our defenders to slip,” said Jensen.
“It opened the gap their speedy back needed to find the endzone,” said Jensen. “Other than that, we mostly kept them contained.”
Linebacker Brady Garner, who had been sick most of the week, was able to get into the backfield consistently, and had a quarterback sack, and several key tackles for a loss. Defensive end Wyatt Jensen recorded two tackles for a loss and three fumble recoveries on the day. Halfback Denzel Gross was all over the field, recording numerous tackles.
“Given the circumstances, I’m pretty happy with how the defence played. We had some sloppy mistakes, but in the rain, and with sick players, we kind of had to expect that,” said Jensen. “What impressed me was that when something went wrong, we seemed to always have someone step up and make a play when we needed them to. It’s nice to know that we have that toughness and determination, as we’ll need it for the playoffs.”
Those playoffs start this Friday at Ken McDonald Memorial Sports Park as the Rebels host Pincher Creek in a zone semifinal contest on Friday at 7 p.m.
“We beat them once this season, but I hear they have had some players return that were on the injured list for that game, so we’re not taking them lightly,” said Jensen. “Pincher always brings a tough game, and at full strength, I’m sure we’ll have our hands full.”