By Greg Price
Defence was the name of the game for the Taber bantam Rebels as it pushed its record to 2-0 with a 42-0 shutout of Coaldale Spartans at Ken McDonald Memorial Sports Park on Saturday afternoon.
Kayden Wright and Elias Cooper each returned interceptions for touchdowns, with Thatcher Hughes and Allen Clements also picking off the Coaldale quarterback.
“Our defence gave up nothing, and we won the turnover battle by a large margin. Having those two interceptions returned for scores took some pressure off the offence for sure,” said Jamie O’Connor, head coach of the Taber bantam Rebels football team.
Linebacker Clements was flying all over the field, leading the team with 10 tackles.
“Clements has been a huge contributor to the defence this year already and I expect him to get better as the season rolls along,” sad O’Connor.
Wright, Walker Skiba, Xavier Hull and Brigham Porter each had four tackles, with Porter also sacking the quarterback.
Cody Heide, Xavier Hull and Elias Cooper each ran in scores on the ground, with Copper getting the hat trick of majors, with a 15-yard TD reception to round out the scoring for the Rebels.
“Cooper had himself an outstanding game, contributing on both sides of the ball,” said O’Connor.
Coach O’Connor has liked how the team has gelled to date, where right down the roster, each player has had their moments.
“These boys know the work they need to put in every day as the competition will only continue to get better as the weeks go on,” said O’Connor.
Taber bantam Rebels battle Lethbridge Junior Bulldogs this Saturday on the road at Atso Park at 11 a.m.
The team then has a short turnaround in hosting Raymond Comets on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Ken McDonald Memorial Sports Park at 6:30 p.m.