CHS Spartans lose close one to Warman

by Terry Villeneuve

“That was a heartbreaker.”

Those were the words from Carpenter High School’s football coach Craig Paylor following his team’s 23-22 loss to Warman in front of the hometown crowd Sept. 28 at Lions Field.

“It was a great game for the fans, as it was quite a see-saw battle throughout the entire game,” he added. “The bumps and bruises hurt us today – four of our starters didn’t play, but others stepped up and did a great job for us.”

Meadow Lake took the early lead when Dean Poitras punched it in for the major. The convert, however, went wide and the score held at 6-0.

It was Warman’s opportunity next, as the visiting club was successful in bringing the ball into Meadow Lake’s zone, but when they attempted a field goal from 10 yards out, it was not good, as it too sailed wide. They did, however, get on the board a few minutes later as another field goal attempt also missed, but because it went through the end zone, two points were awarded.

Later in the first half, a Warman defender intercepted a Spartan pass and then, on the next play, they threw for a touchdown, and with the convert splitting the uprights, brought the score to 9-6 in Warman’s favour.

Meadow Lake regained their lead under a minute to go in the half  when quarterback Chase Paylor kept the ball for a two-yard plunge. And, with the convert, the Spartans held a 13-9 lead.

In the second half, a couple of interceptions switched things up – first by Meadow Lake and then by Warman. With five minutes left in the third quarter, Warman’s quarterback capped off his team’s drive with an eight-yard run to go up 15-13.

In the fourth quarter, both teams were still coming on strong offensively and also making big plays on defence. The lead changed hands once again when Meadow Lake’s Paylor, from 13 yards out, scampered toward the end zone and scored virtually untouched. Meadow Lake opted for an additional two points and made good on a pass to Kohl Eide for a 21-15 lead.

A couple minutes later, at the 2:41 mark, Warman’s quarterback found a big hole in Meadow Lake’s defence and ran 45 yards to take over the lead 22-21. With 1:14 remaining in the game, Meadow Lake tried a field goal, but it missed the mark and the Spartans were awarded only one point as the football sailed through the end zone. It was deadlocked at 22-22.

On Warman’s next possession they were stopped by Meadow Lake’s defence and the ball was turned over to them. After a few successful passes by Paylor, including a sneaky side pass to Riley Pethick, it appeared the Spartans were in striking range. However, on the next play they were intercepted, and Warman’s player ran the ball back to the Spartans’ 20 yard line. With only 2.8 seconds remaining on the clock, Warman punted the ball through the end zone and were awarded a single point, and the 23-22 victory.

Warman coach Tyler Scheidt noted both squads played hard and Meadow Lake was well prepared.

“We moved the ball well and they did too. It was just an unbelievable interception to basically win the game,” he said.

Scheidt said in their three previous games this year, this was their lowest scoring affair.

“It’s a credit to Meadow Lake’s defence to only keep us to 23 points,” he said.

Friday’s loss brings Meadow Lake’s record to .500 with two wins and two losses. As a result they’ve dropped to fourth place in the Northwest High School Football League.

“We have two games remaining before playoffs begin – on the road next week against Delisle and then back here at home against John Paul II the following week,” added coach Paylor. “We’re in a must-win situation. We have to win one of the next two games.”

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