A return meeting against Stettler Wildcats Saturday was completely different than the previous week’s performance by H. J. Cody Lakers as they recorded a 22-2 win in Central Alberta High School Football League quarter finals.
They meet West Central Rebels in Rocky Mountain House for the semifinal tomorrow (Friday) at 4 p.m.
Coach Jeremy Braitenback said the Laker defence pitched a shutout against the Wildcats, held them in check, didn’t allow any big plays.
“Offensively we got outside, used speed to our advantage and were able to move the ball using (Trent) Kondor and (Landon) Rosene.
Rosene carried 17 times for 122.5 yards rushing while Kondor carried the ball eight times for 52 yards. The pair also added 54 yards by catching five passes. Shon Zenert was the other receiver who added yards catching once for five.
Skylar Selk completed four of ten passes for 52 yards, Kane Price completed two of two for seven yards and Trent Kondor wasn’t able to complete the two passes he threw.
The Lakers, who finished fourth in their division, never trailed the Wildcats, who finished first in their division, holding quarter leads of 1-0, 12-0 and 21-2.
Josh Barrie put the Lakers on the scoreboard in the first with a single then completed the team’s scoring with another single early in the final quarter.
Landon Rosene scored a touchdown, Shon Zenert added two and Aden Smaill chocked up two converts for the winners.
Barrie punted six times during the game for 238 yards.
Asked about this week’s game, Braitenback said Rocky has some big players who are good athletes. “We have to have a good week in practise to keep in check,” he said. “It’s up to the players what they want to do.”
By defeating Stettler, the Lakers also qualified for Tier 3 provincials with the first round set for Nov. 9 in St. Paul.