Lacombe Rams blanked by Lightning in City Championships 31-0

Lacombe Rams blanked by Lightning in City Championships 31-0

Lacombe season closes with disappointing final game

The Lacombe Rams were riding high coming into the City High School Football Championships against the Hunting Hills Lightning after upsetting the first place Lindsay Thurber Raiders 27-21 earlier this week.

“It was such a momentous win for our program last week,” Coach Brian Ross said.

Unfortunately for the Rams, The Lightning were riding a bit higher and would ultimately claim the title with a 31-1 victory on the back of Runningback Joe Hunt’s four touchdowns.

“Hunting Hills was well prepared for us. they have a good pass defence and we couldn’t counter it with what we were bringing,” Ross said.

The first half would feature very little in terms of offence, until the very end of the half when Joe Hunt ran home a one-yard and 17-yard touchdown to put the Lightning up 14-0 with under three minutes left

The closest the Rams came to the endzone was when Zach Schwab caught a long pass from Quarterback Mitch Simmons late in the first quarter leading to red zone push that ultimately ended in an interception when Simmons under threw Schwab in the endzone.

Joe Hunt would continue his dominant play in the second half, adding two more touchdowns to his total — one being a 10-yard score and the other being a monster 47-yard run.

The Lightning would also add a field goal, adding up to the 31-0 final.

“It has been the snake that keeps biting me on the rump,” Ross said about the Lightning’s continued success against the Rams. “You can’t argue with the fact they are successful every year and you have to respect that.”

The Lightning will now move on to take on Bert Church High School in the regional finals.

Despite the loss, Ross was impressed with his veteran’s efforts throughout the year.

“The kids that have been the real deal for us all year were the real deal players for us tonight. The real athletes show up when the going gets tough,” Ross said.

Ross said most of his team will be returning next year, but key guys like Schwab will be moving on.

“I only graduate around eight, but they are spectacular players. It is tough to replace your quarterback, your runningback and one of your o-linemen. Most of our defence will be back,” he said.

Ross said he expects many of his guys will play football at the next level.

“I already know Cam Wetzel has signed with the UofA. I like to think that Takoda (Dennis) and Zach Schwab will find a junior team to play with and I imagine that if he wants to Skyler Allarie as well,” he said.

The Rams will move on to have a wrap-up banquet to celebrate their season at a later date.



todd.vaughan@lacombeexpress.com

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