Lo-Ellen subdues a gutsy Confederation effort for 21-14 win
by Randy Pascal
A gutsy effort came up a little bit short Thursday afternoon in Val Caron as the depleted Confederation Chargers' senior boys football roster
dropped a 21-14 decision to the Lo-Ellen Park Knights.
The back and forth affair showed signs of remaining relatively even early on. After Owen Coles returned the opening kickoff for a major, right out
of the gate for Lo-Ellen, Confederation picked off a pass in Knights' territory, eventually leading to a 17 yard touchdown run for Chargers' quarterback
Great field position would come into play in the second quarter as well, with Lo-Ellen starting their next scoring drive from the Confederation 32,
following the assessment of a 15 yard no yards punt coverage infraction for the homeside.
Tyler Korzeniecki carried the ball 22 yards, bringing Lo-Ellen to the "red zone", where quarterback Brodie Erwin connected with fullback
Ryan Mackinnon on a near-perfect screen pass, the TD play covering the final 14 yards to the end zone.
After Cam Puro made good on his second convert of the day, the Knights looked ready to run away from the Chargers, before the end of the opening
half. Kicking off another drive in Confederation territory (27 yard line), Lo-Ellen was again on the move as Coles made an oustanding one-handed catch,
rambling 18 yards downfield.
Three plays later, it was Mackinnon again hitting paydirt, bulldozing his way in from the four, with Puro increasing the visitors advantage to 21-7. With
the Chargers lineup numbering closer to twenty only due to four junior call-ups, the contest risked slipping away completely from coach Brandon Dougan
and the Confed lads.
But with their defense rising to the occasion and Lo-Ellen showing a highly uncharacteristic lack of discipline in the
second half, the
encounter remained close. Patterson scrambled for 45 yards on a pair of carries, quickly flipping the
field position around, the Chargers converting on their next drive, one that culiminated with the pivot calling his own number from the one.
Dylan Whitmell split the uprights with his second point after attempt of the day, making the score 21-14, far closer than coach Kevin
Ellsworth and company would have liked.
Thankfully for his crew, a fumble recovery by the Chargers was offset by a goal-line interception from Lo-Ellen's Jacob Bartolucci, with the Knights improving to 3-1
with the win while Confederation falls to 1-3.