The Big Country blueprint for victory did not call for this. Day 2 of the Alberta Summer Games in Grande Prairie greeted participants with heavy rain and wind gusts up to 35 km/h. Torrential downpour and monsoon was how parents described the nasty weather on Social Media. No matter what you call it, today was going to be a wet cold day for football.
Game 2 Semi Final: (Zone 2) Big Country vs Black Gold (Zone 5)
"It was a crazy game today" these were the first words Coach Glass used to describe today's semi final game.
Black Gold opened the scoring with a touchdown and than followed it up with a field goal to make the score 10-0 early in the game. Big Countries defense led by Linebacker Jack Dutton said enough is enough, and shut down the Black Gold offense for the next three quarters. Bad weather and some untimely dropped passes on offense kept the Big Country team from getting on the score board until late in the game.
Glass said the offense lead by Danny Skelton played a great game. They worked hard all game and never gave up. Even with the loss of running back Michael Schaan just before halftime, this group just kept pushing.
They were finally rewarded in the 4th quarter. Skelton threw a touchdown pass to Chase Hunt to make the score 11-6. Big Country tried for a 2 point conversion but failed on the attempt. They would than proceed to march back down the field and were rewarded with a field goal to make the score 11-9 with 6 minutes to go in the 4th quarter. Unfortunately this is as close as the Big Country team would get. Black Gold added one more major and a 2 point conversion to make the final 19-9.
After the game Glass had this to say about his team of coaches. "This Staff is amazing, and I'm honored to work with all of them. The work and dedication this group has done with these kids is fantastic."
Glass also had some extra praise for Defensive Coordinator Alex Penner. "I feel like I just witnessed one of the best games I have seen a DC call in all of my years of coaching. He got every ounce out of that defense today. They played so far above their skill level today."
With the loss Big Country will now refocus on tomorrows Bronze Medal game vs (Zone 4) Parkland. "Parkland is a good team and will definitely be a tough game for us" Glass said.
Game time is an early one tomorrow with kickoff at 8 am. Unfortunately for the fans and players. The rainy weather is not finished yet.
Good Luck tomorrow Big Country!!
photos provided by Anna Lowe