LAKER FOOTBALL - Running Back Ethan Mearns dove for the 1st down against Rocky last week.

Lakers take home first win on home field

The Lakers, who are now 4-0-1 in the season, took the hammer to the Rocky.

The H.J. Cody Lakers continued their blistering start to the season.

The Lakers, who are now 4-0-1 in the season, took the hammer to the Rocky Mountain House Rebels 55-3. After the Rebels scored a field goal on the first drive of the game, the Lakers never looked back. The Lakers concluded the first half 38-3. In the first half the home team saw an interception returned for a touchdown, a fumble recovery that lead to another score and deep yards bombed by quarterback Michael Smyth.

Lakers head coach, Jeremy Braitenback was happy with the team’s success.

“Games like that are great because we get everyone into the games and they get some experience,” he said. “Everyone goes away happy except for the visiting team. The kids that don’t get the opportunity to start want to go out and prove they can do it as well and a lot of them did judging by the score.”

Braitenback was pleased that his team was able to practice their passing game, as that will allow them to have a balanced offensive game going forward. He added that his team’s defense was encouraging considering the fumble recoveries and interceptions, however there is still room for improvement.

With two blow out wins in a row versus Rocky and Camrose, Braitenback is looking to ensure the Lakers’ focus remains intact.

“You just worry whether you will get enough competition throughout the year but that’s why we had the exhibition game against Rundle College,” he said. “I anticipate this week’s game will be a lot closer against Stettler.”

He added, “We try to know our opponents by scouting them and we do a lot of mental preparation with our players. Trying to anticipate what they will do and then knowing how to counter it.”

Braitenback wanted to thank everyone who came out to the game and encourages everyone in the community to come watch the Lakers take on the Stettler Wildcats at H.J. Cody Field on Thursday, October 6 at 4 p.m.

Football Update

The peewee Bears Football Club had a stellar game against the Red Deer Steelers at H.J. Cody field on October 1. The bears would easily handle the Steelers 32-0. The bears will be away this weekend in Strathmore

The Bantam Lions would also find success versus the Notre Dame Cougars in tight battle, with the Lions prevailing 16-14. The Lions play again this weekend in Lacombe.

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