The Lakers football team completed their regular season and won 29-24 against the Wetaskiwin Sabres at the H.J. Cody High School field lastFriday.
In the first quarter, at six minutes and three seconds, Sabres player Ben Taje made a field goal of 25 yards scoring his team their first threepoints.
The Lakers soon caught up with Tristan Koller scoring a touchdown, followed by Dagan Slimmon kicking a convert point.
The competition grew in the second quarter with Sabres player Jake Gusse scoring a touch down at six minutes and 24 seconds, with threeyards followed Ben Taje kicking a convert.
The Lakers answered back with Slimmon making a field goal to score three more points.
Laker Chase Allen was up next running 18 yards to score a touchdown, with Slimmon kicking a convert, then a field goal at eight seconds with21 yards.
After half time the third quarter saw the Sabres team score two points with a safety play.
In the fourth quarter the heat was on as the Lakers worked hard to ensure the Sabres would not be victorious. Even after Saber’s Gusse scored atouchdown followed by Taje kicking off a convert – the Lakers did not give up.
At three minutes and 31 seconds Laker Ethan Mearns scored the team’s last touch down with a run of 12 yards, with Slimmon kicking the finalconvert.
Sabre Dalton Letawsky scored the quarter’s last touch down at two minutes and six seconds with one yard, with Taje kicking a final convert.
Laker’s head coach Jeremy Braitenback said playing against this team will only help prepare the Lakers for the competition that lays ahead in theplayoff games.
“It was a little closer than what we thought or what we wanted for sure but at the same time I think it got us ready for next time,” Braintenbacksaid. “In that aspect it was good for us.”
He said with the team playing at this tougher competition level it will prepare them for the next level.
During the game he said the Lakers took too many penalties giving the Sabres chances to try and catch up in the game.
He went on to say how he is disappointed with the team’s level of discipline when it came to receiving penalties which is something he addedthey will have to work on. He reinforced the Lakers are an outstanding football team who fought through much adversity to win their finalleague game.
“We didn’t give up and that experience alone will make us ready for the next game and when we get into a tough situation – we will rememberwe can do this,” Braitenback said.
To further prepare for these games the team will work on their discipline and review how to execute better plays as Braitenback said this gamethere were times where they missed the execution.
“We’re a team that is repetitive with what we do and we work on being perfect so the more you can do that the better you can be,” Braitenbacksaid.
In their regular season games the Lakers have won fans over time and time again and going into the playoffs the crowd will only continue togrow. In response to this Braitenback said the Lakers appreciate their fans and the support they get from the town they’ve received all year.
Up next for the Lakers will be determined preparation for their first game of the first round of league playoffs which will be played at the onFriday at 3 p.m. at the H.J. Cody School field.