Ben Hnatiuk would score the first touchdown of the game for the Central Alberta Buccaneers in their huge rivalry game against the Fort McMurray Monarchs on Aug. 11th. Todd Colin Vaughan/Red Deer Express

Central Alberta Buccaneers come up short against Monarchs

Bucs’ lose star quarterback in heartbreaking affair

The Central Alberta Buccaneers were out for revenge against the Fort McMurray Monarchs after dropping the first game of the season on the road earlier this year.

Compounding the issue, first place in the Alberta Football League (AFL) was also on the line when the Bucs’ and Monarchs squared off at Setters Place field on Aug. 11th.

Unfortunately for the Bucs’, a key injury to their quarterback Brandon Leyh would steal defeat from victory, leading to a Monarch 35-17 win.

With neither team having to jump too many hurdles thus far into the season, the first quarter played out as expected with neither team figuring out how to crack the opposing team’s defence.

The Monarchs would finally break the seal after Bucs’ quarterback Leyh was caught deep in his own zone and was forced to concede two points.

The Bucs’ followed that up with straight fire, managing to score two touchdowns from Brandon Leyh — one 10-yard score Ben Hnatiuk and the other, a 30 yard score to Tylor Johannesson, putting the Bucs up 14 -2.

The Monarchs would have the answer when their quarterback took the ball a yard, closing the score to 14-9 — which would be where the game would stand at the end of the first half.

The second half took a little while longer to get going after a half hour lightning delay but the game did continue, with a huge win within both team’s grasp.

Unfortunately for the Bucs, Leyh would take a nasty hit after a 10-yard run which left him out of commission for the rest of the game, leaving Josh Blanchard to assume the pivot.

“I think we win by a pretty decent amount if our quarterback stays in the game,” Johannesson said. “He is the best player in the league and makes our team go.”

On the same drive, the Bucs’ would add three points to their lead on a kick by Johannesson, putting them up 17-9.

The Bucs’ would face some adversity though after a Blanchard interception lead to a Monarch touchdown. The Bucs’ would dodge a bullet on the ensuing two-yard conversion after Fort McMurray failed to capitalize, leading to 17-15 Bucs’ lead.

“Our defence held us in there. We tried to stick in it but we couldn’t score points,” Johannesson said.

The Bucs hopes of a big win would be tragically thwarted after Keon Hughes caught a 20-yard pass with 2:07 remaining, putting Fort McMurray up 21-17 after the failed two-point conversion.

The Monarchs would add another score after Bryce Harper ran it home, putting the Monarchs up 28-17, immediately followed by another score with three seconds remaining, leading to the final score of 35-17.

Johannesson said the final touchdown with seconds remaining won’t be forgotten heading into a potential rematch in two weeks.

“We know why they did it. They want to say they won 35-17. I think they know, we know and everyone here knows after what happened with our quarterback, that wasn’t the true score of the game. They need that for their egos,” Johannesson said.

With the loss, the Bucs’ remain in second place heading into their home playoff game next week in Red Deer.

todd.vaughan@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Supporters rally for Jason Kenney as UCP leader stops in Red Deer

Kenney promises equalization reform, stopping ‘Trudeau-Notley’ payroll hike, trade, economic mobility

Sylvan Lake anglers reminded to remove ice huts before spring thaw

Anglers have until March 31 to remove their structures from the surface of the ice

Protect your pets from ticks, says Sylvan Lake vet

The number of ticks in Alberta has increased, and has put people and pets in danger of Lyme disease

Check online to make sure you’re registered to vote in upcoming provincial election

Advance polls open Tuesday, April 9th to Saturday, April 13th

NDP Leader Rachel Notley stops in Red Deer on campaign trail

Notley promises hospital expansion, cath lab, pipelines and energy industry expansion

VIDEO: Restaurant robots are already in Canada

Robo Sushi in Toronto has waist-high robots that guide patrons to empty seats

Judges on Twitter? Ethical guidance for those on the bench under review

Canadian judges involvement in community life are among issues under review

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

WestJet sticking with Boeing 737 Max once planes certified to fly

WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13

Fierce house cat spotted as ‘aggressor’ in face off with coyote in B.C. backyard

North Vancouver resident Norm Lee captures orange cat versus coyote in backyard showdown

Most Read