Buc Lose a Tight One against 2014 Expansion Team
The Central Alberta Buccaneers were in a defensive battle against the Fort MacMurray Monarchs, Saturday, July 19th. Partly due to the inclement weather and partly due to strong defense, both teams' offenses struggled to gel and find rhythm. Two of the three touchdowns in the game were scored on special teams. The Bucs scored on a botched snap (wide receiver and punter, #85 Matt Merkely, ran over 90 yards for the sole Buccaneer touchdown of the game) and the Monarchs scored on a punt return.
The Monarchs did eventually manage to drive the ball into the Buccaneer redzone, raising the score to 14-7. The Bucs were able to score a safety, but it just wasn't enough to even the score. With the 14-9 loss, the Bucs move to fifth place in the AFL with an even record of 3-3.
Players and coaching staff have a a bye week to reload and prepare for the final game of the regular season. The Bucs travel north to St. Albert in order to take on the 2-4 Stars in a game that has huge playoff implications. If the Bucs win against the Stars game (and the Monarchs lose their final game), the Bucs will clinch a home playoff game.
Buc coach summer campers!!
The Bucs helped out at RDC Summer Camps July 10th!!
As the young campers ran through various drills, Bucs coached and guided. New skills were learned, fun was had, new friendships were formed, and a love of football was shared by all!
Buc Veteran Discusses upcoming game on Kraze 101.3
Bucs back in the Positive
The Central Alberta Buccaneers improved to 3-2, July 12th, with a big win over their Edmonton rivals, the Stallions!
After the initial kickoff, the Bucs maintained strong control over field position. Despite struggling to score offensively, the Bucs had strong drives that incorporated the power-running of #33 rookie runningback Junior Riveria and the tight passing of #20 rookie quarterback Cole Stewart. While the offense was able to march down field, they often had to opt for a field goal or punt.
The Buc defense was stingy as usual - the front seven pressured the Stallion quarterback while the secondary demonstrated tight coverage. However, the Stallions were able to make several opportunistic plays that extended drives and forced the Bucs to make a few goal line stops. Thanks to the d-line's tenacity (and some Stallion penalties) the Bucs were able to minimize these Stallion scoring opportunities. The final score was 22-6.
The Bucs look forward to taking on the 2014 AFL expansion team next weekend, which is also the Bucs last home game of the regular season. The Fort MacMurray Monarchs have had a strong showing so far in their debut season with a record of 2-3 - both teams are vying for favourable playoff position. It's sure to be a hard-hitting affair!
Buccaneers improve to 2-2!!
After a two game losing-streak, the Bucs have managed to reload and get back to even in the AFL with big win in Lloydminster against the Vandals.
Bus-fatigue was apparently nonexistent for the Bucs as they kicked off strong against their Lloyd opponents. The Bucs dominated the first half, leading 20-0 at halftime.
Despite their rocky start, the Vandals managed to mount a comeback. They narrowed the gap substantially, but the BUcs were able to hold the line and win, 35-20.
With this victory, the Bucs are back to 0.5, placing them in a three-way tie for third place in the AFL. Their next game is in Edmonton against the second-last-place Stallions. Kickoff is at 7pm at Jasper Place Bowl.
Bird's Eye-View of the Bucs!!
The Bucs received some AWESOME footage courtesy of Titan IT and Video Services LTD. Highlights of the game were recorded via a remote control quad-helicopter - it made for some spectacular perspectives on the game!
No Gator-Skin Boots for the Bucs this time...
The Central Alberta Buccaneers traveled south to McMahon Stadium, June 21st, in order to take on the 2-0 Calgary Gators. The Bucs needed a win against the 2013 champs in order to improve their record and compete for the top spot in the league.
Both teams' defenses were firing on all cylinders, which made life hard for the offensive players - the ball was fumbled and intercepted often throughout the game. The Buccaneer defense, in particular, was dominant. "They made goal line stands, huge plays, and were exciting" said head coach Duane Brown. As a result of this dynamic defensive play, the Bucs entered halftime with a narrow margin behind the Gators (a late second quarter field goal made the score 3-0 for Calgary).
During the second half, the Bucs continued to make big defensive plays, but also continued to struggle putting points on the board. Brown said that coaching was responsible. "We need to improve our offensive game plan. Coaching has to do a better job of prepping the team and, moreover, putting [the players] in a position to succeed." Traveling with a light roster does not help, especially during a game that played during 22+ degree heat.
Thanks to a couple opportunistic TDs late in the fourth quarter, the Gators won the game, 17-0.
Coach Brown praised the play of rookie quarterback Cole Stewart, as well as veteran defense-men Josh Achtemichuk, Kenton Poelzer, and Kerry Lynch.
During AFL week #4, the Bucs will travel to Lloydminster, July 5th, in order to take on the 0-3 Vandals. With a win in Lloydminster, the Bucs can resume their hunt for opportune playoff position and, ideally, first seed in the AFL. Brown said "We want to win. We expect nothing less."
Hunger was Tackled!
The Central Alberta Buccaneers continued their annual "Team up to Tackle Hunger" food drive, June 14th, 2014. The team went door-to-door, looking for non-perishable food items as well as toiletries. By the end of the drive, the Bucs had gathered an estimated 2000 pounds of donated food!!
BIG THANKS to the Lacombe Food Bank, the food drive's sponsors, volunteers and family who attended, and, most of all, the citizens of Lacombe for making such generous donations!!
Community Involvement at the Game!
The Bucs had several groups from the community donate their time and effort at Saturday's game!
The 65 Squadron Ponoka Air Cadets saluted the flag before the Bucs and Drillers kicked off on Saturday. The young men and women of Squadron 65 looked very disciplined and polished - it was an honour to have them!!!
Raymond Harders, a 15 year old Bantam football player out of Lacombe, sang the national anthem while the cadets saluted the flag. His vocal talents were FANTASTIC!
The fans also had the opportunity to learn about donating blood during the game. Two representatives from Canadian Blood Services set up an info desk and answered any and all questions regarding donations.
The Central Alberta Buccaneers would like to thank all of the volunteers and groups from the community! Your time and effort made Saturday awesome - THANK YOU!!!
Bucs beat up Hunger, but falter against Drillers
Coming off their huge week #1 victory against the Calgary Wolfpack, the Bucs were looking forward to improving their record to 2-0 against the Drillers, June 14th. However, the Drillers managed to throw a stick into the Bucs' plan.
Despite early successes in the first couple minutes of the game (a TD and two interceptions), the Bucs struggled to maintain momentum against a determined Grande Prairie squad. After a 20 point deficit in the fourth quarter, the Bucs fought hard and mounted a comeback. However, the Drillers would not be denied and the Bucs lost, 31-18, placing them third in the AFL.
Bucs Strap up to Kick Butt and Tackle Hunger, June 14th!!!
The Central Alberta Buccaneers have a big Saturday coming up! The fellas continue the annual "Team up to Tackle Hunger" food drive throughout Lacombe and hope to raise 2500 pounds of food. After the drive, the Bucs kickoff against the 1-0 Grande Prairie Drillers. Come check out some hard-hitting football! 5$ tickets at the gate and kids under 12 get in for free! And if you want to bring non-perishable food items for the food bank as well, that'd be most appreciated!!
Bucs Old and Young
Bucs Pillage the Wolfpack, 39-17!!
The Bucs were able to best their southern Alberta rival, the Calgary Wolfpack, last Saturday at Lacombe's MEGlobal Athletic Park.
The game was fairly even in the first half, with a score of 10-7 for the Pack at halftime. The Bucs offense and defense really started to gel, however, and held the Pack to one touchdown while scoring four of their own. The final score was 39-17.
#16 Josh Achtemichuk manned the offense as quarterback and threw for an estimated 220 yards, for 16/20, 4 TDs. Matt Merkely, #85, was his main target, who had over 100 reception yards and 2 TDs under his belt. And rookie runningback, Junior Riveria #2, had an outstanding game, managing to rush for over 100 yards while scoring a TD of his own. The Buccaneers defense was extremely solid as a unit, with multiple sacks recorded on the Pack QB, Daryl Leason. They gave up 250 yards against a team that typical throws for 400.
The Bucs play again next Saturday, June 14th, 6pm, at MEGlobal Athletic Park against the 1-0 Grande Prairie Drillers.
The team is also going on their annual "Team up to Tackle Hunger" food drive throughout Lacombe on the 14th, from 11am-2pm, before the game.
Week #1 of the Regular Season!!!! June 7th, 6:30pm
The time has finally arrived and the Bucs are set to take on the Calgary Wolfpack, June 7th, 6:30pm, at Lacombe's Athletic Park!!
After their exhibition with the Stars, the Buccaneers have worked out some kinks, have shaken off some rust, and are ready for what is sure to be a battle on Saturday!!
Last season, the Bucs beat the Pack for the first time in the history of the two franchises - come watch as the Bucs try to continue the winning streak!
5$ tickets at the gate, kids under twelve get in for free!!!!
***Please note the time change from the original 6:00pm time to 6:30. Thank you ***
The Bucs battled against the St. Albert Stars last Saturday during an exhibition matchup. Both teams tested out their 2014 squads, providing players with an opportunity to shake off some of the off-season rust.
While the Bucs played hard and had a successful first quarter (getting ahead of the Stars 4-0), the dam eventually broke and the Stars won, 26-12. Regardless, the team has learned a lot from its pre-season game and will work hard during week #1 in preparation for their first regular season game, which is against the Calgary Wolfpack, June 7th, at Lacombe's MEGlobal Athletic Park.
Buc Pub Night!
The Central Alberta Buccaneers hosted their second annual Buc Pub Night at Bo's Bar & Grill, Saturday, May 10th. Those in attendance were able to enter into a 50/50 raffle, bid on silent auction items, stand a chance of winning door prizes, and rub elbows with the Bucs.
The Bucs would like to thank everyone in attendance, the generous businesses who donated auction and door prize items, and Bo's Bar and Grill!! Their support will help make the 2014 season a successful one!
Head Coach Interview!
Head Coach Duane Brown interviewed with Matt Geddes on Kraze 101.3's Hit Show on April 17th. The guys discussed the Buccaneer team culture, the upcoming season, and the team's need for new players.
Check out the video below to listen to the interview (as well as watch some game and community highlights).
#4, Brett Milne (runningback), muscled his way through the 2014 Heroes of Iron power-lifting competition. Weighing in at 80.1kg and standing 5'8" tall, Brett had a 175kg squat, a 92.5kg benchpress, and a 222.5kg deadlift. Brett's stellar performance earned him a bronze medal as well as qualification for provincials!!
The Bucs are officially kicking off their pre-season practices, April 22nd, Tuesday, 7:30pm, at Lacombe's MeGlobal Athletic Park. Players will wear shorts and cleats for the first week, then suit up in full gear for the rest of the season (practice is every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30pm). It's time to get to work!!!
Bucs at Trade Shows
The Bucs are running tables at the Lacombe, Stettler, AND Ponoka Trade Shows! Here are a couple pics from the weekend (April 10-14) . If you're at the shows, stop by and chat with the Bucs!! The guys are prepared to discuss the upcoming season, sponsorship, volunteer opportunities, recruiting, tickets, or anything Buc-related!!!
New Faces at 2014 AGM
TONS of guys showed up to the Red Deer Lodge, Feb. 22, to attend the Bucs 2014 AGM. New players learned everything they need to know in order to become a Buccaneer. If you missed the AGM, here is some of the important info!
For new players:
For returning players:
*New players receive reduced fees to help supplement the cost of purchasing new equipment.
It is the responsibility of players to procure their own equipment. However, the Bucs do have a limited inventory of team equipment that new players can rent for 150$ (players will receive 100$ back upon returning the equipment at the end of the season).
Players need: shoulder pads, helmet, girdle, hip/knee/tailbone/thigh pads, cleets, and mouthguard.
The Bucs practice at Lacombe's MeGlobal Athletic Park Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm. Practice offially kicks off April 22nd (full equipment).
Below is a link to the Bucs registration form.
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For any other questions, contact Todd Lewis at 403-704-5965 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bucs Bowl for Kids' Sake, 2014
For the third year in a row, the Bucs entered a team into the Ponoka Big Brothers/Big Sisters "Bowl for Kids' Sake" fundraiser. For the first year, however, the Bucs had direct competition. The faculty at the Ponoka Composite Highschool challenged the Bucs to a friendly competition to see which group could raise more funds and team spirit. The Bucs raised $1105.00 (increased from 2013's $800), but still couldn't manage to trump the teachers' $2000. While they didn't win the donation category, the Bucs pillaged the team spirit category. Dressing for the night's theme "Out of this World," the Bucs donned Space Pirate costumes and swashbuckled their way to victory. Regardless of who won what, the the Bucs and the teachers together managed to raise over $3000, which will help fund programs within Big Brothers/Big Sisters that support kids in the community.
The Central Alberta Buccaneers are thrilled to announce their upcoming 2014 AGM! The meeting will take place at the Red Deer Lodge, Feb. 22nd (Saturday) at 6pm.
The AGM will provide returning and new/interested players with all the info needed for 2014. Players and coaches will discuss the schedule, logistics, team philosophy, defensive and offensive schemes, and what the team's goals are for 2014.
ANYONE who is interested in the Bucs (player or not) is invited to attend! This is an info session - if you want to learn a little about the Bucs, the AGM is your first chance in 2014!
Bucs spread the word for the 2014 Season!
Bucs help out at Boston Pizza Curling Bonspiel
The Central Alberta Buccaneers helped out during the Boston Pizza Cup, held in Lacombe, Feb. 5-9. Aside from working, the Bucs enjoyed world-class curling and music of St. James Gate!
Bucs Top the All-Star List and Claim 1/2 League Awards!!
The Bucs claim league-high 13 positions on the All-Star roster as well as 3 out of the total 6 League-Awards!
Second Buc Blood Donation of 2013!!
The Buc family donated blood for the second time in 2013 in Red Deer, at Canadian Blood Services. During the snowy morning of Dec. 28th, fourteen Bucs and family braved the roads in order to donate, providing over 14 pints of blood! Go to the Community page for pics and more details.
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!
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!!
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