STRONG START - Axsivier Lawrence and the Central Alberta Buccaneers are 2-0 to start their season. The Bucs will look to go 3-0 against the the Calgary Gators this weekend at MEGlobal Athletic Park. photo submitted

Central Alberta Buccaneers on fire to start season

Team members are gearing up after a busy off-season

The Central Alberta Buccaneers are off to a blistering hot start after taking their first two games of the season in convincing manners.

Two weekends ago, the Bucs went on their first road trip of the season up to Grande Prairie where they took down the Grande Prairie Drillers 44-14.

“They got up on us in the first quarter with a one point lead,” Offensive Lineman Vincent Roth said. “I think we started to gel as a group. We came together because from that point on we didn’t allow another point in the remaining three quarters of the game.”

The Bucs’ followed that win up with another huge 58-14 victory on their home turf at MEGlobal Athletic Park against the Lloydminster Vandals. The wins come as a bit of surprise after the Bucs lost much of their core that got them to the championship game last year.

“We have a pretty good receiving core and Judah (Knip) is starting to come into his own as quarterback,” Roth explained. “Our O-line is giving him time to get the ball off and our run game is coming together. Everything is clicking well for us right now.”

While the offence is rolling, Roth feels the defence should not be forgotten amongst the gaudy offensive numbers.

“I think our defence looks pretty solid,” Roth said. “Like I said, we managed to shut Grande Prairie down after the first quarter and Lloydminster wasn’t able to get a point on us until towards the end of the third. I think that was just a little bit from fatigue.”

The Bucs will continue their current home stand against this weekend and look to continue their winning ways.

“I think we will have some good tests coming up,” Roth said. “Saturday we have the Calgary Gators – who are always a tough team and then towards the end of the month we play Fort McMurray again. Anyone who follows the team knows they have given us playoff troubles in the past. They are never an easy game and they haven’t lost much from last year. It’ll be interesting to see how those games go but we are pretty confident. We are a good club and only getting better.”

Roth sees the Gators as a good test for the Bucs.

“They are always a threat on both ends. They always have a lot of talent because they have a big pool to draw from in Calgary. They are a known team in the league,” he said.

He added Bucs’ fans who missed the first two games will see a bit different team then they remember from last season.

“It is definitely a different team,” he said. “We might not have the pedigree of last year – we had a lot of CIS type guys on team last year but what I’m seeing on the field and the room is a lot more heart. Not to take anything away from last year, but there is a strong feeling of brotherhood amongst this group. I think that will translate on the field because we are having more fun this year.”

 

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