Last weekend saw some regional rivalry in the minor football world.
The peewee and bantam Fort Falcons were in Sherwood Park playing the Wolverines on Oct.2. Both teams were aiming for first place and have big goals for themselves this season.
The peewee team looked to continue their winning streak after defeating the St. Albert Riders at home the previous week.
Quarterback Grady Malo, a strong rushing attack and big plays from their receivers resulted in a 51-14 victory for the Falcons at Emerald Hills Field.
"It's all about teamwork and fighting together for each other. The O-line blocked hard, and the receivers were making key blocks downfield. It really feels like we are out there for each other," said Malo.
A strong defence led by Alex Brown and Logan Fisher as well as running back DeShawn Duncan, who switched to defensive tackle, were also credited as leading the team to a win.
Directly following the peewee win, the bantams took on the Wolverines.
Cale McLaughlin moved from wide receiver to slotback, adding some experience to the position. Also, rookie Colby Hupka looked more settled compared to previous games.
"The more confident he gets, the more dangerous he becomes. The challenge will be staying grounded and levelled. I think he is doing great so far," head coach Chris Malo pointed out.
A strong offence and defense led to a 47-0 win for the Fort Falcons.
Both Andrew Kozley and Ashton Reid played critical roles in the defensive line and the linebacker unit, making key tackles and stops. Dirks Lochtie and Kaiden Azure-Allan rounded out a solid linebacker and end rotation that kept the defence primed.
Coach Malo added the Falcons have worked with their peewee, bantam and atom teams to build a culture of one huge Falcons family and believes that has translated onto the field, seeing constant success at all levels.