The Weyburn Comprehensive School Eagles football team are the Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association 5A Champions. They defeated the Aden Bowman Bears 35-15 at Darold Kot Field on Saturday afternoon.
"We've been working so hard this whole season, and especially in the last couple weeks, preparing for this," head coach Jody Kerr said as the team was celebrating the win. "When you play a team from another conference, and another location, you just never know until the game starts, and our boys put it all on the line today."
The start of the game did set the momentum for the whole day. Senior Isaiah Sanderson returned the opening kickoff 63 yards to put the Eagles in a good position and scored a major just moments later to give the Eagles the early lead.
The running game played a strong factor in the offence for the Eagles as well, as they collected 365 yards along the ground. Owen Istace led the way with 136 yards, while quarterback Conner Kerr added another 125 himself. The running game was also responsible for four of the five majors for the Eagles, with Istace scoring one on the ground, Spencer Bell scoring a touchdown, and Kerr collecting two rushing majors.
"Our run game was outstanding today, for sure," the head coach added. "We pushed them around, and our guys are tough to tackle, so as good a team as Aden Bowman is, they came in here, our guys broke enough tackles to get those extra yards."
Kerr added another passing touchdown, connecting with Jarret Hayward for a 28-yard strike.
Defensively, the Eagles held the Bears to just one point in the opening half, and the visiting team could only muster two touchdowns late in the game - one in the third quarter and another in the fourth. The defensive attack was led by Chace Kradovill, who recorded three sacks. Sanderson added another sack.
"I give that credit completely to our coaches that prepare our boys from week to week," the coach said of the defence. "The game planning that they do, the hours that they put in to get our guys ready."
The win is the third provincial title for Weyburn Comprehensive School, and the second in three years. It is also the first time the Eagles have won the championship on home field, having come up short in 2006 and 2008.
While the games are over, there is one more title the Eagles could claim in the coming weeks as well. With the Eagles ranked #2 in the nation according to Canadian Football Chat, they could end up finishing the year as #1 when the rankings come out again next week. This would make them unofficial national champions - the first time the school has held that honour.