Cameron Gauvin finds an opening and runs the ball roughly 30 yards down field and gains the first down for the Bears. On this play Gauvin broke two tackles on his run down field. Photos by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake Bears

Sylvan Lake Bears heading to semi-finals

The Bears won over the Drumheller Terrapins, 46-14 on Oct. 20

The Sylvan Lake PeeWee Bears are off to the league playoff after a decisive win over the Drumheller Terrapins over the weekend.

The Bears mauled at the Terrapins defence early in the game and consistently keeping the ball in Bears possession.

Before the half was done the Bears were leading 20-0 with about three minutes left on the clock.

Bears Assistant Coach Graeme Strathdee said a weakness for the team this season is their speed.

“We aren’t particularly fast on the field. The lack of speed has been a problem we are working on,” Strathdee said.

Speed, and the lack thereof, caught up with the Bears just before the end of the first half when the team’s running back was tackled in the end zone, giving up a safety and putting the Terrapins on the board.

While the Terrapins where able to get 14 points off the Bears, the team was ready to give up.

Before the end of the game, the Bears put up 46 points and added another win the their tally.

Quite a difference for the team, which was wracked with injuries after the first game.

Strathdee said most of the players who were injured in game one of the season have now returned to the field.

“There was a number of concussions early on… With our concussion protocol we take that very seriously and make sure the kids are ready to be back on the field,” he said.

Along with game-induced injuries, Strathdee said the team has also experienced a few injuries from off the field.

“A few have had broken bones, and none from football,” said Strathdee. “A lot of the injuries have come from elsewhere.”

With the team moving on to the semi-finals, Strathdee says one area that still needs plenty of work is the team’s conversions.

He calls the team’s conversions “non-existent”, as the peewees rarely ever make the point-after conversion.

The Bears will meet the Terrapins for a rematch in the semi-finals on Oct. 27. The time and location of the game have not yet been announced, as of publication.

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Defensive end Desten Degenhardt recovers a fumble and rolls into the end zone for a Bears touchdown late in the second period.

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