The Lindsay Thurber Jr. Raiders turned in an impressive performance in honor of coach Blair Murray, who passed away last week.
The Raiders ran their Central Bantam Football League record to 4-0 with a 30-16 victory over the 3-1 Springbank Phoenix Saturday.
“It was an emotional game for our boys, but they persevered as they knew that’s what Blair would have wanted them to,” said coach Dean Pasiuk.
Twice the Raiders led in the first half only to see the Phoenix regain the lead. However, the Raiders took a 22-16 lead just before the half and never looked back.
Ben Pasiuk led the Raiders with three touchdowns — two on passes and one on a run — while Allister Mahood added a major and Braden Moorman kicked three two-point converts,.
The Raiders defence proved to be the difference down the stretch in the hard-hitting affair.
The Raiders and Hunting Hills Lightning, who edged the Rocky Mountain House Jr. Rebels 8-0, are tied on top of the standings at 4-0.
The Rebels are 3-2.
The Olds Bulldogs and Drumheller Titans are both 3-1.
The ‘Dogs beat the Strathmore Spartans (0-4) 44-0 and the Titans lost to the Sylvan Lake Lions 44-28.
Landon Rosene scored three touchdowns for the Lions, who won for the first time in four starts. Marc Lechman had a touchdown and kicked four converts while Sully Lacrocque and Liam Hoven added single touchdowns.
Josh Weeteringen had four touchdowns and Tracker Robinson kicked two converts for the Titans.
In other league play the Lacombe Raiders evened their record at 2-2 with a 49-0 win over the 0-5 Wetaskiwin Warriors.
Notre Dame and Stettler had byes.