CHESTERMERE – On Oct 2. the Atom Chiefs took on the Calgary Bulldogs, and kicked off the game with strong defense, not allowing the opposition to gain a single yard in the first series.
In the first defensive series for the Chiefs, Tanner Bean ran the ball 45 yards for a touchdown. It was called back, with the referee calling a block in the back.
Two plays later, Nathan Cayouette ran the ball 20 yards for the games first official score.
“The second defensive series was more of the same, with the defensive line consisting of Steven Birkinshaw, Ethan Mervold, Madeline Birkinshaw, Zack Palardy and Matt Bruce,” said coach Clinton Bean. “They were really standing out and stopping the Bulldogs in their tracks.”
In the second offensive series, the Chiefs moved the ball down the field, and Nathan Cayouette made a catch to gain 20 yards. Angelina Palardy did the rest and scored from the 20 yard line to make it 2-0 Chiefs.
In the third defensive series the Bulldogs pulled off a long touchdown pass, making it 2-1 at halftime.
In the Bulldog’s fourth offensive series, they started to put some pressure on the Chiefs offensive line, but Marcus Gutfriend, Birkinshaw, Bruce, Palardy and Evan Lloyd stepped up to protect and block for the running backs. Angelina Palardy broke a couple of tackles and scored her second touchdown of the game to bring the score to 3-1 Chiefs.
During the fourth defensive series, the Bulldogs ran to the outside and broke a couple of tackles for their second score of the game to make it 3-2.
In the final offensive drive, the Chiefs moved the ball down to the 15 yard line before Nathan Cayouette scored his second touchdown of the game to bring things to 4-2.
The Bulldogs made one last strong play of the game, moving the ball up to the 5-yard line, but Chief Dylan Munro made a touchdown saving tackle to end the game, keeping things 4-2 final.