Lack of blocking on field goals cost Lakers win

The inability of the H. J. Cody Lakers to capitalize on field goal attempts cost them their game against Lacombe Rams last Thursday

The inability of the H. J. Cody Lakers to capitalize on field goal attempts cost them their game against Lacombe Rams last Thursday, according to coach Jeremy Braitenback.

“We had four field goal attempts blocked throughout the game,” he said. “That’s an additional 12 points we blamed ourselves for not getting. We’re working on fixing that for this week.”

The Lakers ended on the bottom side of a 20-18 score.

They met Stettler Wildcats for the final regular season game last night (Wednesday – after press time).

The Lakers took an early lead in the game in Lacombe with a safety at 6:48 of the first quarter but relinquished it when Lacombe scored two touchdowns and added converts in the second quarter.

Trent Kondor grabbed a 20-yard touchdown reception from Kane Price at 10:28 of the second quarter.

Aiden Smaill added a convert and kicked a 37-yard field goal on the final play of the half to end it 14-12 in Lacombe’s favour.

Then the Lakers, who scored 16 straight points, grabbed the lead at 3:32 of the third quarter on a fumble recovery by Ivan Murafuentes, putting them up 18-14.

Early in the fourth quarter the Rams added another touchdown to seal a 20-18 victory in Central Alberta High School Football League action.

Landon Rosene had 84 yards on 15 carries for the Lakers. Shon Zenert grabbed two passes for 13 yards for Sylvan.

The Lakers had a 1-2-1 record following the game.

Braitenback said playoffs begin next week and the Lakers will likely face either Stettler or Wetaskiwin, depending on how this week’s games finish.