The Royals hosted Fort Qu’Appelle on Saturday to keep their winning streak alive defeating the Rebels 52-22 to earn a berth into the SHSAA Provincial Final. The Royals extended their wins to 8-0 in front of a big hometown crowd. The Royals set the tone early as Kyler Fraser returned the opening kick-off the length of the field for the first major. Laughren converted making it 7-0. The Rebels answered back when #99 Tait Radwell broke a tackle for the 50 yard touchdown run. The convert was unsuccessful making it 7-6 Royals. A diving catch by Dawson Lennea from QB Aiden Kliewer set up a Dylan Babecy major, lengthening the lead to 14-6 with 2:46 left in the first.
The defense was stellar once again pushing back Rebel QB Gibson Birns for a 20-yard loss as he was sacked for two consecutive plays. This once again set up a 25-yard pass to Brody Nelson who ran it in for the major in the last play of the first quarter making it 21-6. This was not all for the Royals as they kept their momentum going with a 40 yard pass to Kyler Fraser for his second major making it 28-6 at 9:04 of the second. The Royals did not let up as Brody Nelson once again found the endzone with a run as he broke tackles to make it 34-6. The defense forced a three and out and, on the Royals’ next possession, Dylan Babcey ran it in for the 42-6 lead. The adrenaline was pumping as Josh Dyck intercepted the Rebel pass giving kicker Christopher Laughren good field position for a field goal before the end of the second. The Royals went into the half with a 45-6 lead.
The defense came out strong again in the second half, as Shamus Sawatsky intercepted a Rebel pass once again which set up a touchdown by Connor Hamelin making it 52-6 Royals. The Rebels ran into all sorts of pressure from the Royal defense who forced a few fumbles in the 3rd. The Rebels would add two more majors to their tally with a 2-point convert at the end making the final 52-22 Royals who earn a spot in the Provincial final against Melfort.
Offensive coordinator, Ty Pylypow, was impressed with his offense. “I felt our offense started to show glimpses of what we are capable of, when each player takes care of their responsibilities,” commented Pylypow. I give all the credit to our offensive line who opened up the running lanes for our ground game, and gave Aiden time to be effective in the passing game.” He continues how the team can celebrate but there is work ahead this week as they prepare for Melfort in the final. “They are big, strong and fast as a team but we are looking forward to the challenge.” The team will travel to Melfort on Saturday, November 9 and are geared up for the Provincial final. Game time is 1:00pm. Go Royals!