It’s a long way from 0-8 to city champions, but that just made Friday’s win even sweeter for the members of the Pee Wee Riders who made the climb to the top in three years.
The Riders beat the Lions 38-26 in the Pee Wee city final to finish off an excellent season.
In Moose Jaw Minor Football’s Bantam city final, the Raiders beat the Colts 31-14.
Riders 38 Lions 26
Braylen Breton capped a phenomenal season with a great final. The Riders tailback had five touchdowns and recovered a pair of kickoffs to lead his team.
“I’ve been fortunate to coach Braylen for the last five years: I coached him for a couple of years in Atom, then the last three in Pee Wee,” said Riders head coach Dave Reidy. “He’s just a very good player. He’s strong, he’s fast, but he’s worked really hard at his football skills and instincts. He made a lot of big plays.”
Breton scored on 65- and 42-yard runs in the first half.
Dalton Hansen scored on 15- and 8-yard run and Bryce Aubin ran in from five yards out to five the Lions a 20-14 lead. Hansen’s second touchdown came with 48.4 seconds left in the half, but Breton answered it with a 46-yard run to give the Riders a 22-20 lead at the break.
Hansen’s third touchdown from six yards out capped another impressive drive by the Lions.
Breton scored a 56-yard touchdown before recovering a kickoff and then scoring a 40-yard major on the subsequent drive.
Dallas Lister from the Riders laid a big hit on third down to end a late Lions drive.
“Their defence played very well and their offence is big and very physical. Our defence really stepped up in the second half and started making some stops. That was really the big turning point in the game,” said Reidy.
“Dallas Lister made a couple of really big stops, Josh Fitzpatrick was all over the field and made tons of tackles.”
Raiders 31 Colts 14
Zack Hagerman’s first of two touchdowns gave the Colts an early lead, but the Raiders scored four touchdowns between his scored to put the game out of reach.
Josh Homister (18 yards), Jonah Branning (21 yards), Austin Duncan (40 yards) and Parker Bourdages (15 yards) scored touchdowns for the Raiders who also got a 22-yard field goal from Burke Macdonald. Joel Forer was their game MVP.
Hagerman scored from two and three yards out. Bryton Slater was the Colts game MVP.