By Ryan McCracken on October 7, 2016.
The outcome was as cold as the weather for the McCoy Colts in Thursday’s Rangeland Football Conference showdown at the Methanex Bowl.
While the defence held strong and forced some big turnovers in the early going, the Colts just couldn’t muster a successful drive against the Brooks Buffalos in a 33-0 shutout loss.
“We’ve got to capitalize on our opportunities,” said Colts quarterback Cayden Terlson. “We had perfect field position and ended up fumbling the ball so we’ve got to make the most of our opportunities.”
Despite a few promising early drives, the Colts were unable to find their way into the end zone against Brooks’ stingy defence, even after reaching the red zone. As Terlson points out, the Buffalos seemed to be one step ahead.
“After we were running our wildcat formation through the majority of the plays they started to really catch onto it,” said Terlson. “They started blitzing up their linebackers, they were starting to key in on what we were doing.”
Buffalos running back Mathew Peterson punched in the opening salvo to give Brooks an early 7-0 lead before running into some red zone trouble.
The Colts forced two fumbles inside the five yard line late in the second quarter to preserve a one-score deficit, but Brooks finally broke through once more with a late chip in field goal from kicker Cesar Montesinos.
“It was great on our defence. It really hyped us up and got us back in the game. It allowed us to make some bigger plays,” McCoy’s Evan Palmer said of the back-to-back fumble recoveries. “We had a very good first half. A lot of guys put out a really good effort, but we kind of slowed down a bit in the third quarter.”
Peterson added another touchdown run in the third quarter before Montesinos tacked another point on the board with a single off a missed field goal. Brooks’ Zayden Velasco finally put the game out of reach just before the three minute warning with a 50-yard touchdown before the Buffalos added another on a short run in the dying seconds.
While the widened scoreline resulted in a frustrated bunch of Colts, Palmer says it ultimately only fans the fire for next week.
“We can be better, hit harder and make more plays,” said Palmer. “Our offence has to pick it up a little bit but I think our defence is fairly solid going forward.”
The Colts, now 1-6 on the season and winless in RFC play, return to the gridiron Oct. 14 in Strathmore against the Spartans.
In other local gridiron action, the Hat High Mohawks clinched a 39-8 victory over Rundle College in Calgary.
Mohawks receiver Simon Frelick punched in a pair of touchdowns, while Carter Schlenker, Lachlan Hardiker and Zander Heidinger also found the end zone and Noah Dolter added a field goal to help seal the win. Hardiker was a force on both sides of the ball Thursday, hauling in an interception on defence. Dawson McHale added a pick of his own.
The Mohawks and Crescent Heights Vikings meet at the Methanex Bowl Oct. 14 to battle it out for the Moose Cup. No result from the Vikings’ home game against Strathmore Thursday was available by press time.