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Although we all had our doubts a week ago, it is here!!! Spring has finally arrived in Edmonton!!! Which means it is time for the Mill Woods Minor Football Association to kick off our 18th season with our annual GRIZZLY SPRING CAMP for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 14.
Below is the outline for the weekends events:
SATURDAY, May 18
10:30 to 11:30 p.m. Registration and Check-in
11:30 to 3:00 p.m. Coaches’ Stations for all skill levels
3:00 to 3:30 p.m. All participants are provided a hot dog/veggie dog, chips and pop
(additional items for players or family members may be purchased)
SUNDAY, May 19
11:30 to 12:00 p.m. Registration and Check-in
12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Coaches’ Stations for all skill levels
3:00 to 3:30 p.m. All participants are provided a hot dog/veggie dog, chips and pop
(additional items for players or family members may be purchased)
Players can come to a registration table at the entrance to the turf field to check-in and register at the start of each day of camp. For those of you new to Mill Woods Minor Football, the turf field is on 23 Avenue westbound (parking lot between ball diamonds and turf field). Our Millwoods Grizzlies Bear Den is a trailer located in Mill Woods Park just north of the baseball fields, 7008 – 23 Avenue. You can access it from 28 Avenue by the east side of Holy Trinity High School or from the turf field parking lot on 23 Avenue. Spring Camp activities will be on the turf field.
Registration and Check-in will include the following:
- Pre-registered Players can check-in (receive a T-Shirt and water bottle)
- Non-registered Players can register and pay for Spring Camp (cost is $40)
- Registrations for the football season will be accepted along with any outstanding registration information / payments
Pre-registered for the football season?
- Pick up your Registration Manual
- Pick up your Swim Tickets (It has been decided that we will join with Leduc and hold our fundraiser at West Edmonton Mall Waterpark again this year. As a mandatory fundraiser, we expect that each player will purchase and pick up 8 tickets x $10 each for a total of $80. You may sell these to get your money back or use them for a Family / Friends Night.)
Football equipment is not required for Spring Camp. Players should wear appropriate attire for exercise according to the weather. Please wear cleats or running shoes. You will also need an adequate amount of water for the day and any snacks apart from what is provided at the end of the day. There is no access to a water fountain. Bottled water is available as a beverage choice with your hot dog at the end of the day. Some other seasonal items to consider for are hats, sunscreen, or bug spray.
There are a number of opportunities available to volunteer to complete the volunteer hours requirement of your football season registration. Volunteers are needed for registration, set-up, tear down, serving food, barbequing, to name a few. Please contact Raechelle Redix email@example.com to sign up for your preferred day / time / task.
Looking forward to seeing you all at Spring Camp!
Saturday Oct. 17th, 2010
Grizzlies vs. Sherwood Park Rams
With another great fall day to end the regular season of play for the Millwoods Grizzlies they would be put to the test as the 6 and 0 Sherwood Park Rams take the field. After the coin toss Millwoods elects to receive the ball. The Rams start off with a short kick to surprise the Grizzlies special teams who scrambles but is unable to retain possession of the ball. On the first play of the game and with possession by the Rams the Grizzlies make up for the turnover as they themselves force Sherwood Park to fumble the ball and the Grizzlies get possession back. The Grizzlies now fired up and QB # 5 Matthew Stanford taking the field they go with a quick pitch outside to # 30 Fabeian Johnson who runs it in for a 65 yard touchdown. Not stopping there the Grizzlies go for 2 points and the big # 96 Jonathan Muamba runs it in. The score is now Grizzlies 8 The Sherwood Park Rams 0. It doesn’t take long though for the Rams to respond as 7 plays later Sherwood Park scores their first touchdown to make the score 8 – 6. The single point is denied and the Grizzlies get another chance to move the ball up field. Not having much luck QB # 5 Matthew Stanford on 3rd and 10 throws a interception to Sherwood Park who run it back down to the Millwoods 35 yard line. The Rams are able to get it down to our 15yard line but with probably the best they played all game the Grizzlies defense forces the Rams to turn over the ball on downs. The Grizzlies now must get their offense going as they start from deep in their own territory. The grizzlies start off with a pop but fizzle out soon and are forced to punt the ball away to the Rams. With seconds left on the clock to end the first quarter, with missed tackles and sloppy play, Millwoods allows the Rams to get too our 2 yard line.
At the end of the first quarter Millwoods Grizzlies 8 The Sherwood Park Rams 6
Starting off the second quarter and the Rams on our 2 yard line they would not miss on an opportunity like this and in 3 plays are in for another Sherwood Park touchdown. With some tricks up their sleeves the Rams go for the covert but make a direct snap to a player and run it in for 2. The score is now The Rams 12 The Grizzlies 8. Getting the chance to strike back the grizzlies receive the kick off and do some great footwork that gets us all the way down the Rams 20 yard line. It’s all for not though as the Grizzlies get a blocking from behind penalty and set’s us back all the way to our 25 yard line. On 2nd and 11 # 5 Matthew Stanford scrambling for his life, and on his way down, throws a great 15 yard pass to # 72 Sheldon Shaw who runs it all the way for an 85 yard Grizzlies touchdown. Grizzlies go for the 2-points but are denied. The score is now tied up 14- 14. Unfortunately the tie doesn’t last long as Sherwood Park answers back in 4 plays for another Sherwood Park touchdown. Getting the convert the score is now Rams 21 The Grizzlies 14. With time running out before half and with some great playing by the offense the Grizzlies take a big blow with # 31 Jeremiah Varghese going down and is badly hurt and possibly out for the rest of the season. An ambulance is called. Play resumes after about 20 minutes. Knowing the game must go on the Grizzlies try their best to refocus. With more missed tackles and another injury to # 71 Tyson Martinussen (ankle injury) and # 99 Matthew Valley (who also goes off in an ambulance for neck spur) the Grizzlies can’t seem do much during the rest of the half and go into the locker room behind 21 – 14. All of the parents and team members wish for a speedy recovery.
#42 Himmat Judge makes a great kick deep into the Rams end zone and they give up 1. The score is now 21 – 15 for the Rams. With some dancing around by both teams and going back and forth the Grizzlies on a punt situation have the ball blocked and the Rams recover the ball on our 1-yard line. On the first play the Rams make an easy touchdown and convert which puts them even farther a head by a score of 28 – 15. With balls being stripped from players, costly penalties and tiered players, as some have been playing both ways the whole game, the Grizzlies allow the Rams to get in for another touchdown. Again Sherwood Park goes for the direct snap and gain 2 more points. This rounds out the 3rd quarter and the score is now Sherwood Park 36 Millwoods 15.
The 4th quarter doesn’t start off any better for the Grizzlies as # 5 Matthew Stanford takes a leveling hit forcing the Grizzlies to punt. Trying a trick play themselves # 42 Himmat Judge tries to run the ball instead but is not enough for the first down. The Rams again take the ball over in our territory and they march it down to our 38-yard line. With some renewed effort the Grizzlies defense stop the Rams from getting another touchdown but the Rams go for the field goal and are successful. The score is now 39 – 15 for the Rams. With frustration setting in the Grizzlies take a few big unnecessary roughness and illegal block calls, (over 70 yards in penalties in this game) which allows the rams to get in field goal position. The Rams don’t miss and now put the score out of reach for the Grizzlies 42 – 15. The game ends with the Rams taking a knee and pushing their record to 7 -0 and clinching 1st place in the Johnny Bright division while the Grizzlies 5 – 2 record have to settle for 3rd place.
Saturday Oct. 9th, 2010
Grizzlies vs. Spruce Grove Cougars
Spruce Grove Fuhr Sports Park
With another great fall day and the second last game of the regular season the Millwoods Grizzlies take to the field against the only team to beat them in the pre-season. The Spruce Grove Cougars 4 and 1 record make them a formidable opponent and the Grizzlies are ready for the challenge.
After the initial kickoff by the Grizzlies to the Cougars, Spruce Grove, after 5 attempts to move the ball up field are forced to punt it away. # 96 Jonathan Muamba runs the ball back 50 yards down to the Cougars 20 yard line. Starting QB # 5 Matthew Stanford starts off with a great dump pass to # 72 Sheldon Shaw to get the grizzlies down to the 5 yard line. With first and goal # 5 Matthew Stanford pitches the ball out to # 30 Fabeian Johnson for the first touchdown of the game. Right off the bat, the Grizzlies coaches call for a 2-point conversion and are successful and that makes the score 8-0. With this battle consuming 7 min of the first quarter and the Grizzlies kicking it down into the Cougars 5 yard line Spruce Grove puts their defense out to see what they can do. With great running up the middle and 6 plays later the Cougars get to midfield. With it first and 10 at half field the Cougars QB makes a great pitch to their Running back and they run it in for a 50 yard touchdown. The conversion is no good for the Cougars and the score is now Grizzlies 8 Cougars 7.The rest of the 1st quarter is a very defensive game for both teams and the quarter ends 8 – 7 for Millwoods.
At the end of the 1st quarter the Cougars had gotten down to the Grizzlies 12 yard line. The Cougars first play they were able to get to the Grizzlies 1 yard line. With 1st and goal the Cougars don’t miss on this opportunity and score again. The point after is good and the score is now, Cougars 14 Millwoods 8. The Grizzlies offense now gets the ball and march it up the field and on 3 rd down and 20 yards to get another touchdown Millwoods fumbles the ball 10 yards from the end zone. Cougars recover the ball. The refs decide that the Millwoods player was down by contact and this allows the Grizzlies a shot for another touchdown. With luck not on their side and some costly penalties, the Grizzlies are forced back to the Cougars 25 yard line. Millwoods QB # 5 Matthew Stanford now 2 and long throws a bomb downfield to have it picked off by the Cougars who run it back for a touchdown. Not missing on the kick the Cougars are now up 21 – 8.
With 2 ½ minutes left in the game Millwoods try a great double reverse with # 96 Jonathan Muamba running all the way down to the Cougars goal line. The refs do though catch a blocking from behind penalty by the Grizzlies and it is called back. The Grizzlies are forced to punt the ball away. The Cougars Special teams are wound up and with some very sloppy tackling by the Grizzlies the Cougars run it back all the way to our 25 yard line. With some great defensive playing the Grizzlies are able to get the ball back after 3 plays on a pick by # 76 Chase Labatte who runs the ball all the way down to the Cougars 40 yard line. Not missing this opportunity # 5 Matthew Stanford makes a great call and pitches to # 31 Jeremiah Varghese who runs it all the way in for a Millwoods touchdown. Grizzlies go again for the 2-point conversion and # 96 Jonathan Muamba doesn’t miss and makes the 2 points. With time running out in the 1st half of the game the score is now Cougars 21 the Grizzlies 16.
The second half starts off with a bang from the Cougars as we get called on a procedure call on the kick-off for going out of bounds which lets the Cougars get possession on their 40 yard line. Still playing well the Cougars make a great first play and run it 60 yards for another Spruce Grove touchdown. Going for the single point the Cougars are now up 28 to 16. The Grizzlies offense now takes the field and with some back and forth play by and grinding down the clock the Grizzlies finally make a great play to # 30 Fabeian Johnson who runs it in (and even losses a shoe) for a Grizzlies touchdown. The Grizzlies again try for a 2-point conversion but this time are not as lucky. The score now Cougars 28 Millwoods 22. The Cougars dominate the rest of the 3rd quarter and with a minute left to go, the Cougars QB as he was going down from a hit by the Grizzlies defense throws the ball to his receiver who catches the ball and gets with in field goal position. The Cougars coaches make sure they don’t miss on the opportunity and go for the field goal. The score now Cougars 31 the Grizzlies 22. Time runs out for the Grizzlies in the 3rd Quarter.
The Grizzlies still have no luck in the last quarter of the game as both the defense and the offense struggle to get anywhere. We get lucky a few times with some facemask and holding penalties by the Cougars but still we can’t put the ball in. We even get called twice for objectionable conduct forcing us back near our goal line. The Cougars again capitalize on this and score another touchdown. Going for a 1 point, the Cougars make it 37 – 22. With some great playing by the Cougars they dominate the rest of the quarter and with seconds on the clock they score another touchdown. The Grizzlies 5 and 0 record is now tarnished as the Spruce Grove Cougars win with a score of 45 – 22. Next week the Grizzlies play the 1st ranked team the Sherwood Park Rams.
Sunday Oct. 3rd, 2010
Grizzlies vs. Edmonton Chargers
W.P. Wagner Field
In what was a perfect fall day for the 4 & 0 Grizzlies who took on the always-tough opponent the Edmonton Chargers all bets were off as to the outcome. Both teams looked strong and confident as the game started off with the Chargers kick-off. # 31 Jeremiah Varghese makes the catch but is taken down at the Grizzlies 20 yard line. During the first outing for the Grizzlies offense they were pushed back into their own end zone and forced to take a knee and the 2 points. With the Chargers now up 2 – 0 and having possession they get an opportunity to take on the Grizzlies defense. Not willing to let the Chargers anywhere near their end zone the Grizzlies force the Chargers to punt the ball. # 31 Jeremiah Varghese catches the ball and sprints passed the chargers specials team for a Grizzlies touchdown. The convert is successful and the score becomes 8-2. Gaining possession again the Chargers try their hand at breaking through the Millwoods defense. This is unsuccessful as some great tackling by # 41 Jakob Butler forces the Chargers to fumble the ball at our 15yard line and giving Millwoods the ball back. The Grizzlies Offense comes out to try and take it up the field. With the first 2 drives netting the Grizzlies only 8 yards Millwoods is forced to punt the ball. Again the Chargers are determined to get a touchdown and on their 6th ball possession and deep into Millwoods territory # 99 Mathew Vallee gets a 15 yard unnecessary roughness call allowing the Chargers to be 1st and goal on our 2 yard line. The whistle is blown to end the 1st quarter.
Starting off the second quarter the Chargers are not letting this penalty opportunity pass them by and in 2 plays they are in for their first touchdown. The Chargers first attempt for a kick for conversion is no good but Millwoods gets an offside penalty. The Chargers kick again and are successful. The penalty is applied to the kick-off. The score is 9 to 8 for the chargers. With the Chargers gaining momentum they score another touchdown. The Chargers in this quarter are no match for the Grizzlies who score an amazing 3 touchdowns in the rest of the 1st half. The Grizzlies dominate and capitalize on significant number of penalties incurred by the Chargers. Going to the locker rooms at half the Grizzlies are ahead 31 – 15.
Millwoods kicks off to the Chargers to start the 2nd half. In spite of an illegal procedure call for having no end, the Chargers take it across the Grizzlies goal line for another Chargers touchdown. The Chargers can’t convert making the score now 37 – 21. The Millwoods coaches do a great job in pumping up the team and with renewed enthusiasm the Grizzlies take charge on the field again. Leading this charge was # 30 Fabeian Johnson who scores 2 more touchdowns. Unfortunately 1 TD is called back due to an illegal block. With this undisciplined play the Chargers take advantage and score another touchdown. With the time running out Millwoods can’t move the ball across the goal line and the 3rd quarter ends with a score Grizzlies 31 the Edmonton Chargers 15.
The intensity of these two closely matched teams continues into the final quarter of the game as # 35 Greg Vallee carries the ball into the end zone for a Grizzlies touchdown. The Chargers take possession at midfield but are unable to progress through the Grizzlies defense. The Chargers relinquish possession back to the Grizzlies and with a great play by # 5 Matthew Stanford to # #96 Jonathan Muamba we score another Millwoods touchdown. The Chargers fight back and score 2 more touchdowns this quarter running the clock down to seconds left in the game. It’s still not enough though to defeat the Millwoods Grizzlies who are victorious with a final score of 49 to 41. Thanks to all the players for an exciting action packed football game.
Sunday Sept. 26, 2010
Grizzlies vs. St. Albert Fury
Millwoods Field #1
With a great weekend to start off the fall schedule for the CDMFA the 3rd place Millwoods Grizzlies take on the 4th Place St. Albert Fury in the Johnny Bright Division on home turf. With Millwoods kicking off, the defense is put to the test right away as St. Alberta makes a few surges up the filed. The Fury are finally stopped at the Grizzlies 50 yard line and are forced to punt. The punt is not as good as the Fury hoped as it only gets to the Millwood’s 40 yard line. With # 5 Matthew Stanford leading the charge the offense takes the field. On second down Matthew hands the ball to #96 Jonathan Muamba who then hands it off to his brother #87 Frederic Muamba who runs it down the field deep into Fury territory. With the goal line in his sights # 5 Matthew Stanford pitches the ball to #31 Jeremiah Varghese who does a great job of weaving through the Fury’s defense for a 30yrd plus touchdown. Making sure they stay ahead Millwoods ops for the 2-point conversion and with a great pitch to the left to # 30 Fabeian Johnson’s they easily convert the touchdown. This now puts the Grizzlies on the board with a score of 8-0. After the kick-off and a great tackle by #96 Jonathan Muamba it puts the Fury starting deep into their own territory. On the Fury’s first possession they fumble the ball and Millwoods gets the ball back. With a few miss communicated calls finally on 3rd down # 5 Matthew Stanford hands it off again to #31 Jeremiah Varghese who barrels down the right side of the field to crank up the score to 14-0. Again with Millwoods wanting to make sure they stay ahead of any potential threats the Fury could put against them the try for the 2-point conversion and are successful. The score is now 16-0. With some undisciplined play action the Grizzlies take a costly unnecessary roughness call, which gets applied to their kick off. With time winding down in the 1st quarter the Fury surge back and with a beautiful throw by their Quarterback they get down to Millwoods 25yrd line.
Luck does not seem to be on the Fury’s side starting off the 2nd quarter as they turn the ball over on downs deep into St. Albert’s territory. With a few great surges Millwoods again with great quarterbacking by # 5 Matthew Stanford gets the ball to #72 Sheldon Shaw who runs it in for a 30 yard touchdown. # 84 Sarah Rea comes out for the convert but is unsuccessful. The score now 22- 0.
Not having much luck still and only a few successful first downs the Fury are forced to punt the ball and the Grizzlies take over on The Fury’s 45yd line.
The Grizzlies lead by # 5 Matthew Stanford makes a beautiful pass 45yrd pass to #87 Frederic Muamba for another Grizzlies touchdown. # 84 Sarah Rea is successful with the convert to make the score 29-0. Kicking off the ball #42 Himmat Judge gets it deep into the Fury’s end zone who concede the point putting the score now at 30- 0.
With the Fury now realizing they have to do something they finally start to play and for the rest of the second quarter seem to out play the Grizzlies. This action is rewarded as they score a touchdown with a minute left in regulation time. Going for the short kick in hopes of getting the ball back is unsuccessful as the Grizzlies get the ball at their 45 yard. Not giving up the Fury put some great pressure on the offence forcing them to give up the ball. Luck was not on the Fury’s side as the whistle blows to end the 1st half. 30-0
The Fury mostly dominates the 3rd quarter of the game but with no avail. The Grizzlies defense makes some great stands to hold the score at 30 – 0. There was multiple turnovers’ on both sides with a great interception nearing the end of the quarter by Millwoods to finally regain the ball back at The Fury’s 45 yard line.
With frustration starting to show on St. Albert’s team some after the whistle action gets the notice of the referees and both a Grizzlies and a Fury player are ejected from the game. The Grizzlies try a double reverse and make considerably strides down the field to be again are called for holding and are forced to repeat 1st down. The whistle is blown to end the 3rd quarter. The score still 30-6
Knowing that disciplined football wins games the offense get’s a chance to put some points on the score board as Millwoods starts the quarter on the Fury’s 32 yard line. # 5 Matthew Stanford throws a great pass to #72 Sheldon Shaw to bring them down to St. Albert’s 10 yard line. #96 Jonathan Muamba takes a great throw from # 5 Matthew Stanford with minutes left in the game in for another Millwoods touchdown. # 84 Sarah Rea comes out to again make a great kick for the convert but the ball is blocked the score is now 36-6.
#20 Mohammad Kahn is brought in and gets his chance to show his skills. It takes a few plays but the Grizzlies get the ball down to the Fury’s 22 yard line. The Fury’s defense works hard and is successful in stopping any more touchdowns by the Grizzlies and are able to get the ball back. With some good fight still in them the Grizzlies defense force the Fury to punt the ball. #20 Mohammad Kahn takes this opportunity to get another touchdown play but is rocked by the Fury’s defense and has to go off. With mere seconds left the Ref’s call the game. The final score Millwoods Grizzlies 30 the St. Albert Fury 6. Thanks to the parents, kids, coaches and of course the kids from both teams for coming out.
Sunday Sept 19th, 2010
Grizzlies vs Edmonton Raiders (Black)
Jasper Bright Bowl
With a cold, windy, rainy day upon the Grizzlies they set out to play a formable opponent the Edmonton (Black) Raiders. The Raiders coming off a great win against the Fort McMurray Ravens were up to the challenge of the now 2- 0 Millwoods Grizzlies.
In the first 5 min of the game quarterback #5 Matthew Stanford gets the ball to #31 Jeremiah Varghese who runs it in to start the scoring off for the Grizzlies. 6-0
With the convert no good the Raiders get their chance to answer back. 8 plays later the Raiders are successful and they make their convert kick.
The Raiders now ahead 7-6 the Grizzlies offense takes the field to try and get back on top. The Grizzlies luck is not to be as in 4 attempts they turn the ball over to the Raiders. The confident Raiders don’t miss at this opportunity as they run for a 50yrd touchdown. Again they make the convert and the score is now 14-6
The grizzlies struggled the rest of the first quarter leaving the score at 14-6
The second quarter starts off strong with #31 Jeremiah Varghese taking the ball from the kick off for a Grizzlies touchdown. They go for the 2-point convert to tie the game. 14- 14
With the game starting to go off the rails for the Black Raiders a great 30yrd pass throw by #5 Matthew Stanford to #72 Sheldon Shaw for another Grizzlies Touchdown taking the score to 20-14
With a 50-yrd kick by #42 Himmat Judge the Raiders get the ball at their 41yrd line Grizzlies defense powered them back to 32 yard line where they were forced to kick.
With minutes left before the half and the Raiders deep in their own territory the Grizzlies defense sack the raiders quarterback and regain possession of the ball on the Raiders goal line. The Grizzlies not letting this opportunity get passed them #31 Jeremiah Varghese takes a handoff and pushes through the Raiders defense for another Touchdown. The special teams still struggles to get a convert the score is now 26-14
After another long kick into the Raiders end zone by #42 Himmat Judge and the Raiders struggling to get it out of their end zone and are forced to kick. The Grizzlies now have great field position with seconds left in the second half when #96 Johnathan Muamba carries the ball in for another Millwoods touchdown.
The special teams is finally successful with the convert to take the score to 34-14
The Raiders bad luck continues as their first play of the quarter was intercepted by #31 Jeremiah Varghese who runs it back for another Millwoods touchdown
The kick was good making the score 41- 14
The Raiders finally start to put some plays together and with 5 min left in the 3rd quarter they run it in for a touchdown. With the Raiders Quarterback fumbling the convert the score is now 41-20 for the Grizzlies.
With a renewed determination by the Raiders they recover their own kick and get the ball to the Grizzlies goal line. The Grizzlies defense works hard and stops them from getting a touchdown.
A slow start to the final quarter of the game as it was the battle of the defenses’ held the score to 41-20 for the Grizzlies. Finally with 4 minutes left in the game #31 Jeremiah Varghese gets another Millwoods touchdown. The team get’s the extra point from # 84 Sarah Rea as she kicks it through the uprights. The Score is now 47-20.
On this cold wet day time runs out for the Edmonton (Black) Raiders as the Millwoods Grizzlies take a knee to run out the clock for the win. The final score of the game is 47 – 20 giving the Grizzlies a 3 – 0 lead in the John Bright Division.
Sunday Sept. 12
Bantam Grizzlies vs Sherwood Park Wolverines
The Grizzlies are 2 games into the regular season and at 2 – 0 and you would think it could be Any Given Sunday as they battle the 0 and 2 Sherwood Park Wolverines. The first quarter is plagued by turnovers from both teams but finally about 10 minutes into the 1st quarter # 31Jeremiah Varghese pushes it across the goal line to start the scoring. With the Grizzlies unable to covert, the score is 6-0. Wolverines but up a good fight over the next few plays but the veteran Grizzlies stop the run game with great defensive action leading to a sack of the wolverines QB by # 66 Garret Kachuk with 2 min left in the quarter. The Wolverines are deep into Grizzlies territory and try to make a 25yrd throw. But the sharp sense of # 96 Jonathan Muamba intercepts the ball and runs it down the field for 85yrds for another Grizzlies touchdown. Being unable to make the previous convert the Grizzlies offense calls for a 2 point convert. #30 Fabeian Johnson does a great job in getting the run across the line for the convert to find out his team is called for a no end penalty. The grizzlies try it again and are successful with a run by #87 Frederic Muamba and great path making by #68 Parke Robson. 1st quarter ends with the Millwood’s Grizzlies ahead 14- 0
The second quarter starts off with an out of bounds kick which gives the Wolverines good field position. Using this advantage the Wolverines using only 2 plays and moving the ball up the field were able to score their first touchdown. The Grizzlies defense come out firing as the Wolverines try for a 2 point covert but are unable to make it happen. Score now 14-6 Grizzlies with 9 min left before the half.
With the Grizzlies still feeling good about the stop on the goal line for the convert the Wolverines kick off deep into # 30 Fabeian Johnson’s hands. He runs up the field for 80 yrds and into the endzone for what he thought was another Grizzlies touchdown. Unfortunately there was an illegal block in the back field by the grizzlies and the TD was no good. The Grizzlies must now start in Wolverine’s territory on their 40yd line. With good play calling by the Grizzlies coaches QB #5 Matthew Stanford throws a lovely pass to # 87 Frederic Muamba to run it in for another touchdown. Again going for the 2 point convert # 31 Jeremiah Varghese rams it through for the covert. Score now 22- 6 Millwoods
With still 8 min left before half time the Grizzlies kick it deep into Wolverines territory. # 87 Frederic Muamba barrels down the field to make a great tackle and holding the Wolverines at their 20yrd line. With the defense up for the challenge again and a keen eye # 92 Brant Shultz intercepts the pass by the Wolverines and gives the Grizzlies the opportunity to try another Offensive charge. This was not to be though as the ball is turned over back to the Wolverines by a great QB sack. For the next 5 minutes the ball is bounced back and forth by both teams with neither team getting past half.
With Sherwood Park kicking the ball off to start the 3rd quarter the Grizzlies Special team #96 Johnathan Muamba runs it back to the Wolverines 37yd line.
Now with good field position a great handoff to #31 Jeramiah Varghese allows him to carry it into the end zone. The score now is 28 – 6. # 84 Sarah Rea goes for the 1pt covert and gets blocked. She is lucky though as The Wolverines are called offside and she gets another chance and doesn’t miss. The score is now 29- 6 for the Grizzlies.
Again the Grizzlies kick off to Sherwood Park. #42 Himmat Judge drives the ball back to the Wolverines 18yrd line. With now only 7minutes left in the 3rd quarter the Wolverines must start deep in their own territory. With the Wolverines offense taking the field they try to move the ball up the field but are unsuccessful and have to punt it away. Their bad luck continues with getting a penalty on the kick for not having an end and kicking it out of bounds. This gives the Grizzlies great field position as they get to start on the Wolverines 25yrd line and end the 3rd quarter 29-6 still.
With some miscommunication and some bad luck the Grizzlies turn over the ball to Sherwood Park who take advantage of this and score their 2nd touchdown. They are able to get the 2 point conversion and turn on the heat on the Grizzlies to make the score 29-14. Still on a roll the Wolverines try a short kick and are successful. Their determination is stopped short as a number of the Grizzlies defense force the to turn it over on downs.
With a new determination by the Grizzlies offense and great plays from # 31 Jeremiah Varghese & # 35 Greg Vallee they are able to get the ball down to the Wolverines 30 yrd line. Once again with a great quarter back play by # 5 Matthew Stanford he hands it off to #31 Jeremiah Varghese for another touchdown. Along with a 2 point conversion made by #96 Jonathon Muamba the score is now 37- 14
Kicking off again the wolverines can’t handle the ball a the Grizzlies # 76 Chase LaBatte recovers the ball. With a change in quarterback # 20 Mohammed Khan throws a great 40yrd pass to #96 Jonathan Muamba for a touchdown. The 1point conversion is good and the score is now 43- 14. With the coaches feeling secure they start putting in some of their junior players to help build up the skill. Continuing to hold the Wolverines at bay and on the last play of the game defensive player # 33 Cole Benson makes a great pick at corner for the Grizzlies to regain possession. Time runs out for the Wolverines as they take a punishing loss to the Millwood’s Grizzlies 43 – 14.
Game Story: Mill Woods Grizzlies
The Grizzlies started the game looking confident, coming fresh off a win against the Sherwood Park Rams. Both teams started strong, showing a lot of tackling. The Cougars were first on the scoreboard, but were unable to convert, making the score 6-0 early in the game. The Grizzlies pushed the ball down the field but lost a key drive due to a fumble deep in the Cougar’s end allowing the Cougar’s good field position to end the first quarter.
The Grizzlies defence was not as sharp this quarter. The Cougars started the second quarter by making 8 great pushes to move the sticks down the field to within 25 yards. The Grizzlies defence started to work as a unit and were able to regain possession before the Cougars scored again. The quarter continued to be a back and forth struggle for awhile, with the Cougars being the victor and scoring a second touchdown, again with an unsuccessful convert. With the score now 12-0 and near the end of the second quarter #96, Jonathan Muamba carried the ball a little too far and was rushed into the sideline to tumble with one of our sticks persons and our announcer. Parent participation at its finest! The Cougars again got possession at midfield after 5 offensive tries and a fumble from the Grizzlies. The Cougars receive a 40 yard pass resulting in another touchdown, followed by an unsuccessful convert. The score becomes 18-0.
The Grizzlies offence started this quarter by pushing the ball up the field nicely only to lose possession midfield. After 5 pushes and feeling the pressure from the Grizzlies defence, the Cougars decided to kick. #31 Jeremiah Varghese returned the ball 80 yards for an amazing touchdown. However, due to a flag on the play for roughing, the Grizzlies still do not make it on the scoreboard. The tug of war continued up and down the field with no one scoring. The Grizzlies faced several detrimental penalties in this quarter adding to their frustration. Near the end of the quarter, the Grizzlies had made 12 pushes and were at the goal line only to have the Cougars intercept the pass. From the 20 yard line # 20 Quinn Polley of the Cougars received a pass and ran 90 yards for the Cougars fourth touchdown of the game. The Cougars kicked, unsuccessfully, with the ball hitting the uprights. The score is now 24-0.
The fourth quarter began the way the third one ended with another Cougar touchdown, this time followed by a successful field goal. The score is 31-0. With 7 offensive attempts the Grizzlies finally took the ball across the line! And no flag! The Grizzlies are finally on the scoreboard and follow with a playbook 2 point conversion. The score is 31-08. The game continued to be a battle to the bitter end. Both teams defence were on top of their game preventing further scoring. The outcome of this game was greatly affected by the number of penalties incurred by the Grizzlies.
Final score: Cougars 31 Grizzlies 08
Game Story: Mill Woods Grizzlies
Millwood’s Grizzlies v Sherwood Park Rams
Overcast day but great day for football (Aug 22/10)
Grizzlies kick off into the end zone of the Rams
Rams Concede for 1
Rams take the ball on their 35
8 plays they run it in for a TD
4 plays in on kick off from the Rams TD #31 Jeremiah Varghese runs it in for a 50yd TD and Grizzlies convert for 2
14 – 9 with 8 mins. left in second quarter
15-14 with 6 min left before ½ time
Again Grizzlies go for the 2 point conversion and get it. #96 Jonathan Muamba runs a 50yrd TD
Rams score a TD with 4 min left in half 20-17
Grizzlies get back and throw for a 70yrd TD by #72 Sheldon Shaw
No conversion. Score is now 23-20
With 1min left #30 Fabeian Johnson runs a 80yrd handoff for a TD we convert for 2 score is now 31-20 for Grizzlies at the end of the first half.
With the clock running out 7 secs left in the first the Rams try for a TD and get it unsuccessful at the conversion and score is now 31-26.
Overcast with an infrequent showing of the sun.
Rams kick off, #31 Jeremiah Varghese carries it for 31 yards.
#92 Brant Shultz receives a 25 yard pass and takes it over the line, counting #5 TD’s for Millwood’s today.
#87 Frederic Muamba carries across Millwood’s 4th completed conversion.
Rams have possession of the ball and are moving the ball up the field, #96 Jonathon Muamba intercepts the pass, and runs it down the field for an 85 yard touchdown.
Followed up by another playbook convert fifth of the day carried across by #30 Fabeian Johnson.
#31 Jeremiah Varghese had a great 40 + yard run, with flags everywhere. This will now be called the “Saskatchewan Play”…too many men for Millwood’s.
5 minutes left in the 4th quarter and we hold the Rams at the 52 yard line and retake possession.
Millwood’s has possession and Sherwood Park decides to run the “Saskatchewan Play” (too many men) which pushes us 10 yards closer to the goal.
3 minutes left in the game and #30 Fabeian Johnson runs it in for the last score maker of the day.
The sun came out to end the day. The task at next practise for both teams will be explaining that there are no Baker’s Dozens allowed on the field.