Buccaneers play in the AFL All-Stars!
Members of the Central Alberta Buccaneers were drafted into Team AFL for the first ever AFL All-Star game!
Team AFL consisted of the Bucs, Grande Prairie Drillers, Edmonton Stallions, Lloydminster Vandals, and the St. Albert Stars. They faced Team Calgary, which was made up of the Calgary Gators and Calgary Wolfpack.
Fans enjoyed a highscoring, exciting match. Both teams were fairly well matched until the second half when Team Calgary opened the floodgates. The final score was 56-27.
Players from the Bucs who attended:
#00 Kerry Lynch DT
#1 David Henderson DT
#2 Greg Fowler C
#5 Tylor Johnson C
#7 Andrew Stannix QB
#12 Byron Stearns QB
#17 Corey Pusey SB
#27 Mark Fay DB
#66 Sean O'Donnell OT
#77 Ian Keetch DE
#79 Jordan Willie HB
#83 Jamie Blinkhorn RB
#89 Taylor Waldbauer WR
Bucs Season Comes to an End... Offseason to Prepare and Reload for 2014!!!!
After finishing their regular season in second place with a 5-1 record, the Bucs ship sank against the St. Albert Stars, Aug. 11th.
For the majority of the game, it was a defensive standoff. Drives were short, inconsistent and resulted in the ball being turned over often. The Buccaneers struggled to gain momentum and were not in possession of the ball for long. As a result, the Stars offense was on the field often. However, the Buccaneers lived up to their reputation of having the league’s toughest defense and prevented the Stars from scoring in the first half. After scoring a field goal, the Bucs had the lead 3-0 at halftime.In the second half, turnovers, penalties, and poor field position plagued the Bucs. The Stars capitalized and scored two touchdowns before the game was over, winning 15-3.
Head coach, Duane Brown, praised the play of the Buc squad regardless of the loss. The team played until the end of every whistle and “never gave up.”
Despite a disappointing finish in playoffs, the Bucs are proud of their 2013 season and the numerous milestones they reached. “The regular season was a good one where we achieved more than any Bucs team had in the past,” said Brown. “We finished second place, had a league record-setting defense (the Bucs recorded 34 sacks and DE Ian Keetch shattered the individual sack record with 11.5), scored big plays on offense, and enjoyed huge crowds at the best facility in the league.” Also, for the first time in the team’s history, the Bucs beat their longtime nemesis, the Calgary Wolfpack.
Now that the season is over, the Bucs are now looking forward and are preparing for their 2014 season. Defensive Coordinator, Devon Hand, said “We need to learn how to win and it all starts now. Players need to put their time in the gym and on the treadmill. Coaches need to get new ideas and breakdown film until their wives threaten to leave them.”
The Bucs would like to thank all the fans and sponsors who supported the team throughout 2013. The Bucs were thrilled to see the large turnouts at each game. Without YOUR support and enthusiasm, we would not have had as successful a season. Stay tuned for 2014!
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Bucs to Host Semi Final!!!
The Central Alberta Buccaneers will host the St Albert Stars in the AFL Semi Final on Sunday, August 11th at 2PM at MEGlobal Athletic Park in Lacombe. The Bucs finished 2nd in the league securing a 1st round bye in the playoffs, and a home playoff date for the semis. The Stars defeated the Lloydminster Vandals 26-6 in quarter final action to push themselves into their 3rd meeting with the Bucs this year. COme out and support your Bucs as they make a run for it all!!!!!!
Bucs take down Drillers!!
The Bucs traveled north to Grande Prairie to battle the Drillers in their final regular season game. The Drillers have had the Bucs number for the past 5 years, ending their season in the playoffs 3 times!!!! With retribution on their minds, and rain in the skies, the Bucs took the field and were all business, rolling to a 38-2 win. 3 quarters of rain made it difficult for either team to control the ball, but the Bucs managed to march and dominate with hard running from Jamie Blinkhorn, and timely catches from Chad Murray, Corey Pusey and Taylor Waldbauer.
The Bucs defense was once again a wrecking ball piling up numerous tackles for loss, 6 QB sacks, multiple knockdowns and 3 INT's while keeping the Drillers offence on their heels all evening. DB Tylor Johnson had 2 INT's himself with returns of 65 and 70 yards, with 1 TD!!! Johnson was also good on 4 field goals in the game as well.
This win puts the Bucs record to 5-1 on the season, locking up 2nd place overall, and giving them a bye into the league semi-finals.
Bucs Shoot out the Stars!!
The Bucs cruised to a 45-14 victory over the expansion St. Albert Stars this past Saturday, making amends for a close loss to the same team in pre-season action. The Stars started quick with an interception for a TD 19 seconds in on the 3rd play from scrimmage, but the Bucs answered quickly and often after that piling up 45 unanswered points before a late score inside the final minute of the game from the Stars. QB Byron Stearns threw for 2TD's to Chad Murray and Josh Sorensen while also running in 2TD's of his own. RB Jamie Blinkhorn rounded out the scoring with a rushing TD as well. Tylor Johnson hit 4 field goals to give the Bucs their final point total. The defence was a force all game with numerous tackles for loss, sacks, knockdowns and stops all game. Next up the Bucs travel north to Grande Prairie to play the Drillers in what is always an entertaining game between the two.
Bucs tame Wolfpack!!
The Buccaneers exorcised some long time demons by defeating the Calgary Wolfpack for the first time in franchise history on Saturday evening!!!! A strong showing by offence, defense and special teams propelled the Bucs to a thrilling 34-28 win that came down to the final seconds. The Wolfpack opened up the scoring on their opening drive, but the Bucs quickly answered back with a FG and a TD to take the lead for good. QB Byron Stearns threw for 290yds and 4TDs to RB Jamie Blinkhorn (2), FB Dylan Vanier and SB Corey Pusey, while Tylor Johnson converted all kicks and added 2 FG's. DB Mark Fay was all over the field with 6 tackles and 2 knockdowns, while DL Dave Henderson gave pressure all game and was in on a sack fumble to end the first half, and a sack at the end of the game to assure the victory!!!
Next up the 3-1 Bucs host the upstart 3-1 St. Albert Stars in their final home game of the regular season. Come check it out at MEGlobal Athletic Park in Lacombe, this Saturday,6PM kickoff.
Bucs lose tough defensive battle
The Buccaneers dropped a tight defensive game 13-4 to the Calgary Gators on Saturday. Neither offence could get much going while both defenses controlled the game with numerous stops and turnovers. The Bucs defense held the Gators to a stingy 119 total yards on offence, while racking up 5 QB sacks, 5 interceptions (2 in the endzone), 11 tackles for a loss, and 2 safeties!!!!!!!!!!!!! Leading the charge was DL Ian Keetch with 5.5 tackles (4 for a loss) and a sack, DB Jordan Willie with 4.5 tackles and 2 knockdowns, DB Kenton Poelzer with 4.5 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a knockdown, and #71 LB Curtis Dreger (pictured above) with 4.5 tackles, 2 for loss and 1 sack.
The offence struggled to find any rhythm all game against a tenacious Gators defense, managing only 147yds themselves. QB Byron Stearns was rushed all game throwing for 104 yards on 12 completions with a few picks and sacks as well. Receiver Josh Sorensen was his favorite target catching 5 balls for 52 yards, while RB's Jamie Blinkhorn and Curtis Williams fought for every inch all game compiling 17yds between them on limited carries.
The D remains hungry and the O looks to find it's stride and get back to putting up points as the perennial powerhouse Calgary Wolfpack come to MEGlobal Athletic Park on July 6th. You WON'T wanna miss it!!!!!
Bucs move to 2-0!!
The Central Alberta Buccaneers hosted the defending National Champion Lloydminster Vandals Saturday evening at MEGlobal Athletic Park in Lacombe, and came away with an impressive 62-7 victory. The defence swarmed all night not giving the Vandals offence any time or space to get into a rhythm, while the offence moved the ball consistently scoring 5TD's. The Bucs special teams chipped in with 3 returns for TD's as well!!!!
Bucs win season opener 34-7!!
The Buccaneers started the 2013 campaign off with a bang on Saturday night defeating the rival Edmonton Stallions 34-7 at home in Lacombe. It was an overcast evening where the Bucs put together a solid showing and controlled the game all night. QB Byron Stearns was flawless going 11 of 20 for 4TD's and not turning the ball over at all thanks to fantastic protection from the offensive line. RB/SB Jamie Blinkhorn and Receiver Chad Murray each had 2 TD's from Stearns' arm, Blinkhorn also added 85yds rushing on 12 carries. Tylor Johnson rounded out the scoring with 2 field goals and converted all 4 TD's.
The Bucs defense swarmed and wreaked havoc all game giving very little room for the Stallions offence to do anything. DL Dave Hodgess and Ian Keetch were in the backfield constantly each recording multiple sacks, while Fransisco Sierra recovered 2 fumbles!!! The secondary of Mark Fay, Tylor Johnson, Jordan Willie, Greg Fowler and Kenton Poelzer had lockdown coverage all game while also making plenty of tackles for losses.
Bucs make new friends....
The Bucs are pleased to partner up with, and support the Red Deer Roller Derby Association. RDRDA is made up of 4 teams: The Belladonnas, Nightshades, Dreadnaughts and Team F'ing Fabulous. They have 2 all female teams, 1 all male team and 1 co-ed team and play their bouts at the Westerner. They are always looking for new people to join the Roller Derby Community. Their seasons are already under way, check them out online at www.rdrda.ca and on Facebook for fan pages as well.
Wanna Play Ball?
The Central Alberta Buccaneers are into another season of AFL Football, and we’re looking for YOU!!! Anyone interested in playing competitive football, and joining the Bucs Family, please e-mail us at email@example.com and be sure to check this website, the Buc Board, the Facebook Fan page as well as follow us on twitter @CABucs for more information and updates.
Thank you Dave Hanni!
Extra thanks to Dave or everything he has done and for pouring his heart and soul into this team for the past 9 years! Without Dave’s passion and love for the game, none of us would have the opportunity to continue playing, and we are all indebted to him for everything he has done. Dave, you’re always welcome with the Buccaneers and anything we do, “Once a Buc, Always a Buc” might be an understatement for the founding member. Thanks Dave!!