Saturday, November 6, 2010

Strong Second Half Leads Delisle Over SHHS Saints

The Yorkton Sacred Heart Saints saw their 9-Man Football season end with a 33-2 loss to the visiting Delisle Rebels in Saturday's Provincial Semi-Final.

It was a 9-2 spread at the half, before three touchdowns and a safety in the second half put the game away for the Rebels.

Brayden Knackstedt caught a pair of TD passes for Delisle.

Yorkton's two points both came off the foot of kicker Robert Okeny, who missed a 36-yard FG, and launched a 75 yard kickoff single.

Delisle's defense, which gave up only 68 points in 7 regular season games, held Saints' explosive RB Preston Liebrecht in check, forced them to pass the ball more often, and wound up with 2 interceptions.

"I guess that's the bad thing about game film," laughed Liebrecht post-game. "They seemed ready for me and I didn't get much room. That's the best defense I've ever seen."

The Saints posed for a team picture after the game, and were much louder than the victorious Rebels.

"You can take it negatively and be sad about it, or you can be positive and realize we had the best season our school's had in 25 years," said Liebrecht.

The Saints went 5-1 in the regular season, beat Melville in the Conference Semis, and beat Maple Creek on the road in their Provincial Quarter Final to reach the final four.

There will be a new 9-Man Provincial champion this year, as the Humboldt Mohawks also won on the road, beating the defending champs from Lumsden 20-8 on Saturday.

Delisle welcomes Humboldt in the 9-Man Provincial Final on Saturday, November 13th at 1:00.

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