The Lacombe Raiders squared off against the Hunting Hills in Week 2 of central Alberta Bantam football action.
The home opener for the Raiders came after a strong Week 1 19-18 win in Ponoka and Lacombe was looking to stay undefeated with another win against their Red Deer rivals.
The Raiders would capitalize on their momentum from the previous week in the first half, going up 8-0 early en route to a 30-6 victory.
“They did well and they followed a process. We don’t always know who we are up against, but they had a little confidence out playing Ponoka,” Raiders Coach Fred Knip said.
It did appear that Alexander Wilson scored a late touchdown for Hunting Hills, but a penalty nullified the attempt — leading to an 8-0 halftime lead for Lacombe. .
The second half started off in Lacombe’s favour after Quarterback Scott Magee called his own number for the quarterback sneak, leading to the touchdown and a 16-0 lead. Magee would follow that up again with another touchdown after he ran it back for yards to extend the lead to 24-0.
Knip said Magee has been working into his position after a couple injury seasons.
“He has a bullet of an arm. I know my receivers sometimes ask if he can take a little off. I tell them no,” Knip said.
The Lightning would finally find the scoreboard in the fourth quarter after Cohen Gardiner caught a 45-yard catch for the score, cutting the Lacombe lead to 24-6 with 5:30 to play.
Lacombe would, however, put this one away late in the fourth when Michael Waite powered through the line for a seven-yard score, leading to the final score of 30-6.
The Raiders will now go on to face Stettler next Saturday at 11 a.m. at home, a game that Knip said will be a test that requires better discipline.
“We took some silly penalties. We don’t need to take those penalties and we will work on that,” he said.
Knip said he is pleased with the Raiders record so far and feels they can carry that offer with guys continuing to do what they do best.
“There is some confidence here. We took down Ponoka – they are big; we took down Hunting Hills — they have been a nemesis our ours for a long time; and Stettler next week is also a nemesis for us,” Knip said.