The Lacombe Pee Wee Explosion embraced their name Saturday evening to claim the Central Pee Wee Football League title.
Bursting with offence, the Explosion downed the Red Deer Hornets 40-0 at M.E.Global Field, doubling up on a 20-0 score at the half mark.
While the victory continued the team’s undefeated streak in a season where Lacombe’s only blemish on their perfect record is a single touchdown, Head Coach Garner Kolybaba said their start was one of their toughest of the year.
“Red Deer came out, they were motivated. They’re a big strong team and they have some excellent athletes. It was 0-0 after the first quarter – that’s the first time we haven’t scored on the first or second drive all year, so they did a fantastic job,” he said.
“But our kids just kept coming. We’re a little smaller, but we’re quicker and we stayed focused…the kids played awesome.”
Despite not scoring within the first few drives, nor the first quarter, the Explosion kept chipping away at the Hornets, pushing them further into their own end until they finally got their first touchdown early in the second – which is when the fireworks began.
The Explosion scored three times in the second, including a late run by Devin Allarie to put them up 20-0 at the half.
In the third, they added another two touchdowns, with the latter scored by Elliot Wyse, who would add a second a few minutes into the final quarter and finalize the 40-0 score.
According to Kolybaba, there were a few keys to the win, from using speed to their advantage to positioning and special teams. Mostly, however, he said it was just the group of players on the field, which he had no shortage of praise for.
“This is probably one of those teams where they’re just on. Those boys suck up everything we say as coaches and just do it,” he said. “Last game, they were singing ‘Baby Shark’ – that’s just what they do. They’ve got this thing going on where as players they’re together and having fun.”
They’re not done yet, however, and that was clear even in the middle of the championship game where players’ touchdown celly’s were kept to simple high-fives.
“The kids want to do better. They’re not satisfied with one win or one touchdown,” said Kolybaba. “They get it. We’re thrilled about the game and the boys are pretty pumped, but have another game now. They’ll celebrate and do what boys do, and on Monday we’ll get back at it.”
At the Pee Wee level, there’s just one playoff game, and with the Explosion win, they’ll now host the Lloydminster at M.E.Global Field on Saturday, Nov. 10. Kick off is at 4 p.m.