The Central Alberta Buccaneers coughed up 18 second-half points and fell 27-0 to the host Lloydminster Vandals in their Alberta Football League regular-season opener Saturday.
Linebacker Cody Baird blocked a field-goal attempt in the first quarter and the Bucs defence held the Vandals to a safety and a converted touchdown in the second quarter and trailed 9-0 at halftime.
The Buccaneer defenders continued to stand tall in the second half but the offence struggled against the Vandals’ defensive rush.
Slotback and Bucs captain Jamie Blinkhorn caught six passes for 125 yards, while rookie corner Mark Fay intercepted a pass and was credited with four and a half tackles. Safety Kenton Poelzer also stood out, making a league record-tying 16 tackles, including three for loss of yards.
In addition, linebacker and defensive captain Curtis Dreger had one interception and recovered a fumble, and also forced a fumble and made eight tackles. The Bucs host the Calgary Wolfpack Saturday at 6 p.m. at MEGlobal Athletic Park in Lacombe.