FCC2018 : Host Alberta defeats British Columbia in front of hometown crowd
On Monday night at Shouldice Park in Calgary, host Alberta gave their fans something to cheer about by defeating British Columbia 31-21.
Alberta opened the scoring with 5:35 left in the first quarter when pivot Anton Amundrud found Adley Mayala for a 70-yard touchdown.
British Columbia threw an interception into the hands of Keon Adams who takes the ball to the 1 yard line, giving Alberta another chance to strike.
Matthew Peterson snuck into the end zone for a 1 yard major to increase Alberta’s lead with 4:14 left in the first quarter.
However, British Columbia made things interesting before the half as Trey Jones found Keelan White for a touchdown score, cutting Alberta’s lead.
At halftime, Alberta had a 13-7 advantage over British Columbia.
White would tally his second major of the game with 9:08 left in the third quarter to give British Columbia a slim one point lead.
Jonathan Giustini added a field goal to give the host back the lead late in the third quarter.
With 2:10 left in the quarter, Mayala would score his second touchdown of the game – a 32 yard reception.
British Columbia tried to mount a late comeback. Trey Jones connected with Sebastian Hansen for a 5 yard touchdown with 2:37 left in the game.
However, Alberta put the game out of reach when Jaxon Hume tallied a major to round out the scoring.
Offensive Players of the Game were Mayala (Alberta) and White (British Columbia). Defensive Players of the Game were Daniel Flanagan (Alberta) and Addison Sadler (British Columbia).
“Our guys just kept making plays and kept coming,” commented Alberta Head Coach Chris Morris after the win. “The danger for us was playing in front of all of our friends and family and with the
game being so close and with us tightening up and the guys understood and just had to keep coming at them.”
“The more we kept coming, the more we kept playing and then we started breaking out and that was good.”
For British Columbia, costly mistakes determined their fate in the game.
“It’s not too much to explain,” assessed British Columbia Head Coach Cory Philpot after the game. “When you get all those penalties and you turn over the ball – we had seven turnovers, you can’t win a football game.”
“At the end of the day, we’re here to play.”
Alberta will now battle Quebec on Thursday July 19, 2018 at 7:00 MST. Meanwhile, British Columbia will face New Brunswick on the same day at 10:00am MST.
Post-Game Interview with Cory Philpot – Head Coach, British Columbia
Post-Game Interview with Chris Morris – Head Coach, Alberta
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