THIS PLAY IS OVER, Football, Breton Style
Every once in a while life throws you a pleasant curve. It happens when you go into a restaurant for the first time and receive a great meal with excellent service, it can happen when you travel to a new place and see a breath taking sight, and every once in awhile, it can happen when you attend a sporting event. It happened to this reporter last Wednesday, Oct. 10th when we took a trip to Breton to take in a football game.
Breton is a 1A school with less than 100 high school students. While most schools that size play volleyball during the fall, Breton students decided they wanted to play football. Knowing that they would never have enough students to play 12-Man football they decided that 6-man football would be more realistic. Three years ago the only official high school 6-Man football was being played in Saskatchewan. But, with the encouragement of Breton and other schools, the Alberta Schools Athletic Association (ASAA) adopted the game in 2011.
When we pull up and walk around Breton High School to the football field we are pleasantly surprised to see an enchanting facility encompassed by trees in full fall color foliage. The stands are packed with spectators from the very youngest to senior citizens, out to watch a grandchild. A new scoreboard, that reminds us of the ones seen in mid-America where a volunteer puts up the score after every touchdown, is in use. The announcer has an excellent view of the game as he sits in a booth located fifteen feet above the field.
The game begins with a beautiful rendition of the national anthem sung by a student. The Breton Cougars quickly march down the field and score a touchdown! When they go to kick the convert we discover that it is worth TWO points not one and if they had decided to run in the ball that convert would have been worth only one point which is the opposite of 12-man football.
Breton’s opponent LY Cairns came right back and tied the game with a thrilling pass and run play. This is when we discovered that points could come fast and furious in 6-man football as the Cougars again countered with another touchdown, but this time failed to convert taking a 14 to 8 advantage into the second quarter.
Just like in 12-man football 6-man football has three downs to make 10 yards, but unlike the 12-man game rarely do 6-man teams punt the football. This means that there are often exciting third and long plays throughout the game.
Early in the second quarter Cairns scored and took a 16 to 14 lead. Then they held Breton and scored a second time to increase their lead 24 to 14. Every time the Cougars scored the Cairns Colts would counter and with two and a half minutes remaining in the half they had a 32 to 22 lead. In the time remaining three touchdowns are scored and the Colts limp into the halftime break with a narrow 40 to 38 lead.
Just when one thought there wasn’t any defense in the 6-man game both teams tighten their defense as the Cougars kept LY Cairns off the score board for the entire third quarter and Breton only manages a single touchdown but a 46 to 40 lead going into the final quarter.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter Breton showed why they are ranked 5th in the province as they clawed their way to two touchdowns that consume much of the clock and what seemed to be an insurmountable 62 to 40 lead. But, just like the first half when Breton scored two quick touchdowns game the 9th ranked LY Cairns score two quick touchdowns of their own to trail 62 to 54. Cairns tries to recover a short kick but the Cougars recover the ball and that allows them to run out the clock and take a hard earned victory.
Next week Breton is off to play the number one ranked Rimbey Spartans, but we are planning on returning on Thursday, Oct. 24th when Buck Mountain comes to Breton for the last league game of the season.
In Metro League action the Leduc Comp saw their hopes for a playoff game come to an end when they lost to Strathcona 25 to 10. Once again their inexperience allowed their opponent to take an early lead before the Tigers were able to respond. The Tigers will wrap up their season tonight when they play the powerful Paul Kane School, from St Albert. Paul Kane has yet to lose and is currently ranked 2nd in the province. The Beaumont Bandits defeated Queen Elizabeth 28 to 0 to break into the win column. Beaumont played St Joseph last night and wrap up league play on Wednesday, Oct. 24th when they face off against J. Percy Page at the Johnny Bright Park at 7:30pm.
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