Chargers throttle Weyburn to win bowl game

The Estevan Century 21 U12 Chargers wrapped up their season by winning a bowl game in Moose Jaw Minor Football League action.

The Chargers trounced the Weyburn Eagles 45-2 Friday night in Weyburn in the Q-Collar Bowl. The game was essentially a third place game for the league.

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Estevan led 18-0 after the first quarter and 31-2 at half time. Then they added scores in each of the third and fourth quarters.

"It was a great game on both sides of the ball, as per usual," said coach Matt Schell.

Schell noted the Chargers had their first defensive touchdown of the year in the game on a score by Peyton Klyne.

Cornerback Nevin Tedford made an interception late in the fourth quarter in his own end zone to keep the Eagles off the scoreboard on that drive.

Offensively, running back Cooper Pukas had several touchdowns on the game, including one in which he lined up at the quarterback position on the final play of the first half.

Weyburn's lone score came off of a safety.

Schell lauded the progress they have made this season. They won five of their last six games, and the lone loss, by one point, was to the eventual league champions the Moose Jaw Spartans, in the semifinal round.

The win in the bowl game also avenged a loss to the Eagles earlier in the season.

The Chargers coaches knew they had some talent at the start of the season, but it was a matter of the players buying into what Schell called "tough guy football."

"After the third week, after our third loss in a row there, you could tell the kids were just about there," said Schell. 

Next week's edition of the Mercury will have more on this story.

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