Explosion of offence leads Lacombe to Pee Wee championship

(Left to right) Chandler Harding, Jackson Greaves, and Braydon Goertz of the Lacombe Explosion celebrate their Central Pee Wee Football League Championship wn with teammates Saturday evening at MEGlobal Field. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

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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.”

Max Smith, #24, of the Lacombe Pee Wee Explosion tries to stop a Red Deer Hornet tackle from bringing down teammate Devin Allarie during Central Pee Wee Football League Championship action Saturday at MEGlobal Field. The Expolsion defeated the Hornets 40-0. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

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.

A trio of Lacombe Explosion players take down their Red Deer Hornet opponent during Central Pee Wee Football League Championship action at MEGlobal Field on Saturday evening. The Explosion won the championship 40-0 over the Hornets. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

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.

The Lacombe Pee Wee Explosion celebrate the Central Pee Wee Football League Championship following their 40-0 victory over the Red Deer Hornets Saturday evening at MEGlobal Field. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

Elliot Wyse holds the Central Pee Wee Football League Championship so Chandler Harding places a kiss on the cup following the Lacombe Explosion’s 40-0 win over the Red Deer Hornets in the Division A final at MEGlobal Field Saturday. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

Lacombe Explosion Head Coach Garner Kolybaba starts to hand out gold medals to his team following their 40-0 Central Pee Wee Football League Championship win over the Red Deer Hornets Saturday evening at MEGlobal Field. Elliot Wyse, who contributed a couple touchdowns in the win and is part of the leadership core, was the first to receive a medal. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

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