Over the course of the 2013 season the Central Alberta Buccaneers have almost been unbeatable.
The Bucs wrapped up their regular season in dominating fashion with a 38-2 win over the Grand Prairie Drillers in an almost torrential downpour.
“It absolutely poured rain throughout the game,” said Bucs head coach Duane Brown. “It wasn’t the best conditions so the first half started slower than we would like.
While the offense may have gotten stuck in the mud in the first half, the league’s number one defense had little trouble with the weather.
“It was 14-0 at the end of the first half,” said Brown. “The defense did an amazing job. I think they had six sacks in the first half and they ended up with three interceptions, including one for a touchdown by Tylor Johnson.”
The interception returned for a touchdown was not the only scoring for Johnson who continued to be a jack-of-all-trades for the Bucs.
“Tylor Johnson had a phenomenal day,”said Brown. “He had the interception return for a touchdown and had another one go back about 75 yards before he was knocked out at the one-yard line. As well as kicking four field goals and three conversions”
With the win the Buccaneers secured their hold on second place, a home playoff game, and earned a bye into the semi-finals
“We are locked into second place,” said Brown. “We have a bye this week and there is a break the following week.”
Brown says that his team will not stray too much from their tough and physical identity in the playoffs, regardless of the opponent. However, the team does still have a few unused tricks up their sleeves.
“We are a smash-mouth, pounding defensive football team that takes advantage of their offensive opportunities,” said Brown. “We have still got a couple little wrinkles in our back pocket for the playoffs.”
Another advantage to the Bucs strong season is that the team will now have plenty of time to rest and heal the numerous injuries, both small and large that accumulate over the season.
“We will have our full complement of weapons,” said Brown. “The fact that we have a 20 days between games is phenomenal chance to get healthy and get some of these little nicks and bumps out of our system before the playoffs begin.”
The Buccaneers will begin their quest for the Alberta Football League title at home on ME Global Field on Aug.11 at 2 p.m. against the highest seeded team remaining after the quarterfinals.