Everything clicking for Red Dogs

By Jamie Harkins

April 27, 2017 9:19 AM


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Nice spring weather, strong defence and great execution helped the Lloydminster midget Tier 1 Red Dogs to their second straight shutout win.

“Our team is really starting to gel,” said Red Dogs coach Cory Drechsler.

“Our backups are almost playing like starters right now and everything is just clicking. Everything is going in the right (direction) now. Everybody knows their playbook well and they’re executing.”

The Red Dogs knocked off the Battle River Shock 39-0 at a surprisingly snow-less MEGlobal Athletic Park in Lacombe on Good Friday. The win comes on the heels of a 42-0 pasting of the Fort McMurray Ravens six days earlier and improves the Border City club’s Capital District Minor Football Association (CDMFA) record to a league-best 4-0.

“My biggest fear (against Battle River) was being overconfident with our team and we were only actually up by 14 in the first half,” said Drechsler.

“We had to have a little chat about being overconfident, but we came out in the second half really fighting and our defence played great.”

The final two games of the season should be more challenging for the reigning CDMFA champions. The Red Dogs will hit the road to face the Edmonton Mustangs at Mill Wood’s Park this Saturday before ending the season with a tilt against a tough Edmonton Predators club the following weekend.

Drechsler said the team will be missing 12 players against the Mustangs due to nine kids attending the Football Alberta Bantam Bowl North Camp and another three recruits competing at the Team Alberta U18/U17 Final Selection Camp. He said they’ll be lining up some players in unfamiliar positions to try and meet the challenge.

“We’re not sure how it’s actually going to look yet,” he said. “We’re going to have to fill some gaps (due to players) who are gone for the tryouts and hopefully they can pick it up. Our toughest game is maybe this weekend even though it may not necessarily be our toughest opponent.”

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