Colts defense shines under the lights
The Swift Current Comp. Colts defense produced a suffocating effort during a 28-1 win over the visiting Moose Jaw Vanier Vikings under the lights on Thursday.
The Colts limited the Vikings to 31 yards on 22 rushing attempts and intercepted three passes to go along with one fumble recovery. The Colts improved to 2-0 in the Moose Jaw High School Football League and have allowed only eight points in two games.
“Honestly it’s our communication and our teamwork,” said captain Anders Mitchell of his defensive unit. “We’ve really worked together as a team. No matter who comes in, if it’s a first-string, second-string, we’re always together.”
The Colts limited the Vikings to nine first downs and 162 yards of total offense.
“Yeah we always covered, we were always on our man. We did everything right,” said Mitchell.
The Colts were led on offense by running back Shane Friesen, who carried the ball 14 times for 97 yards, including a pair of touchdowns.
The Colts led 7-1 at halftime on a one-yard touchdown plunge from Friesen. He added a second one-yard major early in the third quarter.
Layne Cadrain returned an interception 35 yards for a 21-1 lead before the end of the quarter and Rhett Vavra caught an 11-yard touchdown pass to close the scoring in the fourth quarter.
The Colts are now 3-2 under the lights at Colts Field with all three wins coming against the Vikings.
“This is my third year, I started off a D Line and every year I’ve been working hard. Being a captain and being in grade 12 this is honestly the best year,” said Mitchell.
Mitchell didn’t hesitate in saying that the goal was to win a Moose Jaw League championship after placing second last season. The Colts have not won a league championship since 1999.
“We’ve got to tweak our plays. Make sure everyone knows what they are doing, make sure everyone is in the right spot. Really our plays are doing well for us and we are working hard and doing good together,” said Mitchell.
The Colts will visit the Moose Jaw Central Cyclones on Saturday.
The Colts defense held the Vanier Vikings to a single point during Thursday Night Lights V on September 13, 2018.