TOUGH GAME – Fort McMurray Monarchs defensive lineman Shaq Armstrong takes down Central Alberta Buccaneers quarterback Pascal Plante

Bucs’ penalties a factor in loss over the weekend

  • Jul. 29, 2015 2:59 p.m.

The Central Alberta Buccaneers took on the Fort McMurray Monarchs last Saturday in Lacombe at the ME Global Athletic Park for the Alberta Football League game of the week.

The Buccaneers, who were fresh off a 66-6 victory against the Lloydminster Vandals, with Monarchs having effectively conquered the Airdrie Irish 100-0 in an all out shut down.

Despite a strong defensive start penalties throughout the game saw the Monarchs slowly gaining points on the board against the hosting Buccaneers ending the first half with a score of 23-3 for the visitors. The Bucs first three points came from a successful 30-plus yard field goal from defensive back Tyler Johannesson following a massive catch and run from running back Tanner Green.

The first half saw the Buccaneers offense struggling to tie plays together with heavy defense coming from the Monarchs bench.

With a comeback still in sight for the Buccaneers going into the second half, the Bucs hit the field hard with the offense gaining yards early in the third quarter. The team’s defense also caught a break in the third as they saw the opportunity to take down Monarch’s quarterback Carson Williams.

However following a missed tackle, Williams slipped passed for a successful convert to make the game 26-3.

The fourth quarter saw Johannesson in action again with a monumental interception of a pass from the Monarch’s quarterback making his way 83 yards down the field to cross the line for the Buccaneers and score the team’s only touchdown of the day making the score 26-9 with 7:09 remaining in the game.

The final score of 33-9 came for the Monarchs following an interception by the visiting team, which they returned and successfully converted.

Buccaneers Head Coach Devon Hand explained penalties were a huge part of the team’s loss on Saturday as well as have been a factor throughout the season.

“We did a better job of playing with a bit more urgency and we were certainly more resilient this week,” explained Hand who is in his first year with the team as head coach. “We have this habit when we are up against elite teams that we don’t take advantage of the opportunities we have.

“What it comes down to is the mental toughness and composure of a team – when we face adversity, how do we react? Are we folding like lawn chairs or are we coming together as a team to compete at that level?”

Hand said the team’s mental toughness is increasing with every game, adding he hopes this loss sparks the sense of urgency needed as they venture into the end of the season.

Last Saturday’s loss left the Monarchs in second place in the league, with the Buccaneers sitting tied for third with the St. Albert Stars.

The St. Albert Stars are currently sitting with a 4-2 record, the same as the Buccaneers, with the Monarchs now seeing a 6-1 record. Currently the Calgary Gators remain the league’s only undefeated team with an unblemished 7-0 season thus far.

“What we need to do is realize we are going to get one more chance at reacting to adversity this season,” said Hand. “We need to build on our skills as a team to be ready to face these tougher teams.”

Up next for the Buccaneers is a home game on Aug. 8th at 6 p.m. against their tied for third place opponents, the St. Albert Stars. On Aug. 15th the Bucs will travel to face the Airdrie Irish.

Just Posted

Canadian legends Sloan coming to Bo’s Bar and Grill

Band to feature new album featuring single The Day Will be Mine

WATCH: Women’s Emergency Shelter holds 24th annual fundraising dinner

About 600 women and children used the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter last year

Central Albertans encouraged to provide submissions for ‘The Mics Awards Show’

Prestigious event, set for May, honours youth in the arts

Generals power through Game 3, winning 7-2

Seven-game series continues Saturday in Stony Plain

Cilantro and Chive wins big at 2018 Alberta Beer Awards

Lacombe business takes home top honours for Pub/Restaurant of the Year

WATCH: 12th Annual Red Deer Collector Car Auction sees many

Lots of different cars to see all weekend at Westerner Park

4 facts to ring in St. Patrick’s Day

What do you really know about the Irish celebration?

PHOTOS: Team Tanner takes in northern lights in Yellowknife

The aurora borealis and storm hunters photograph Yellowknife’s picturesque night skies

Search continues for 10-year-old Montreal boy missing since Monday

Montreal police said they are exploring every possibility in search for Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou

Airline passenger-rights bill claws back protections for travellers: Advocate

Bill C-49 would double tarmac delays, scrap compensation for flights affected by mechanical failures

UPDATED: ‘New wave’ of anti-pipeline protests return to Trans Mountain facility

About 100 demonstrators with Protect the Inlet marched to the Burnaby terminal Saturday

Canadian survivors, supporters rally against proposed ’60s Scoop settlement

Some have accused the government of underestimating the number of survivors

Nordic athlete Arendz to be Canada’s flagbearer at Paralympic closing ceremony

The biathlete and cross-country skier from Hartsville has raced to five medals in Pyeongchang

Progress on fixing Phoenix pay system backlog could be short-lived: Ottawa

Feds have said they won’t try to recover money overpaid until all outstanding issues are fixed

Most Read