Central Alberta Buccaneers quarterback Mustapha Yekini scrambles in the first quarter against the Cold Lake Fighter Jets earlier this year. Cold Lake held the Bucs to just three points and moved to 4-0 on the AFL season. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Central Alberta Bucs set to host Calgary Wolfpack

The Central Alberta Buccaneers are hoping to capture a little more momentum on home turf this weekend.

It’s been smooth sailing in the Alberta Football League, for the most part, as the Bucs carry a 4-1 record in week 7 against the Calgary Wolfpack.

The only blip on the radar was a 38-3 loss to Cold Lake in Week 5.

Coming off a convincing 34-27 win over the Fort McMurray Monarchs last week, Central Alberta is trying to put together a mini win streak. Quarterback Jarret Burzuk was back in the saddle for the last contest after missing a couple of games and looked sharp.

“Ultimately, our receivers had big games… Burzy was getting the ball where it needed to be and our defence, at least for the first three quarters had it pretty locked down,” said Bucs GM Vince Roth about the win in Fort McMurray.

After scoring just three points at home against the Cold Lake Fighter Jets on June 22, wideouts Axsivier Lawrence and Ben Hnatiuk got back into the endzone for the Bucs in the win over Fort McMurray.

In the first game of the season, the Bucs beat the Wolfpack 31-21 in Calgary, but this time out they have a different threat at quarterback. Darryl Leason will sling the ball for the visitors on Saturday. In the two games he’s played, the Wolfpack pivot has thrown for over 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

“We didn’t see him the first time. He’s always a threating presence. He’s a veteran quarterback,” Roth explained.

“He’s smart, he’s calm and I know our veteran defensive players from our team have a hard time getting a hold of the guy. With a guy like that, you can’t ever sell him short.”

Kickoff is 6 p.m. at Great Chief Park, and the Bucs will debut their new Troubled Monk beer at the game, as well as have the Red Deer Royals perform at halftime.



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