The Lasalle Lancers flag football team have come a long way - just not quite far enough, just yet, to climb all the way past the Confederation Chargers.
After losing much of the roster that captured the 2019 SDSSAA banner last fall, things were a little rough in this abbreviated season, with precious little time for coach Lance Patrie and the Lancers to work out the kinks.
In the meantime, Brad Smith has had his Chargers firing on pretty much all cylinders, right out of the gate, disposing of Lasalle Secondary with ease just a few weeks back.
Yet it was the Lancers clinging to a 7-6 lead, midway through the second half on Thursday, courtesy of a spectacular end zone to end zone punt return from Mackenzie Roberts in the opening thirty minutes.
Unfortunately, Lasalle could only corral speedster Chelsea Leduc for so long, as the backfield and receiving threat darted for her second major of the night, lifting Confederation to a 13-7 win.
Earlier in the day, the junior Chargers stopped the Lockerby Vikings 21-3, thanks in large part to the multi-faceted weapon that is Taylor MacNeill. The triple threat talent picked off a pass and ran it all the way back to open the scoring, later adding a receiving TD as well as a single.
Kylee Hitchen also hauled in a touchdown pass from QB Ashley Ruddick (Abby Walker registered the two-point conversion), while Sydney Coe kicked a rouge and was credited with a safety touch as the rusher of record on a botched Confederation hand-off in their own end zone.
In the opening game of the day, the Lively Hawks battled back from a 7-6 halftime deficit, surrendering a touchdown on the final play of the half, before countering with two majors of their own and upending the Lockerby Vikings 18-7.
A constant threat on crossing patterns through the middle, Brooke Moneweg was on the receiving end of a perfectly thrown pass from Addison Elliot, giving Lively a 6-0 lead.
But after Ashley Love broke the goose-egg for Lockerby with a booming single, Stacie Kohan found just enough room between the defenders to haul in a go-ahead TD, just as the buzzer sounded.
Still, it was Elliot who was spreading the ball out nicely between the likes of Moneweg, Fyscher McQueen, Hannah Berens, Charla Zelinsky and Katie Punkari, helping the Hawks march the field far more consistently than the Vikes.
The effort would payoff when McQueen snuck in behind the defense, making the score 12-7, before Mackenna Tomlinson sealed things with a pick six from 32 yards out.