Renegades second best in the province, lose to Steelers

The door has closed on the Bonnyville Renegades season, and despite losing on Saturday in a Provincial final, there were plenty of smiles from the players.

Walsh Field played host to the peewee Provincial championships on Saturday afternoon, as the Bonnyville Renegades welcomed the Red Deer Steelers, champs of the Central Alberta Peewee Football League for Alberta-wide bragging rights.

The game didn’t go Bonnyville’s way, however, as the Steelers pushed in the 4th quarter and won 34-12.

“It meant a lot to us that these boys worked hard all year long,” said coach Colin Hanusz after the game. “They gutted it out to get here. We’ve learned a lot from this game and some things we’re going to take into next year.” 

Volunteers worked to clear the dumps of snow that had descended onto the field in preparation for the championship game, providing a clear, but frozen tundra for the action on Saturday.

And for much of the contest, the game was close. The Steelers led 12-6 until about the midway point of the 4th quarter. That’s when Red Deer kicked their offence into gear and scored late touchdowns to put the game out of the Renegades’ reach.

“It’s a lot of fun watching these guys grow from where we started out to where we are now. Seeing them learn, they’re just a good bunch of kids to be around every day,” said assistant coach Greg Williams. 

The Renegades clinched the league championship 26-18 over Lloydminster to earn their way to title game.

“We’ve got a lot of guys coming up that we trained all year so. Next year will be a good year too.”



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