The Lasalle Lancers just keep on rolling while the Lively Hawks appear to be hitting their peak at just the right time.
All in all, it sets up for a very interesting SDSSAA Junior Boys Football final come next Friday afternoon - October 29th - at 3:00 p.m. at the James Jerome Sports Complex.
The Lasalle Lancers scored on their very first play from scrimmage and answered a second half push by the St Benedict Bears, registering their fifth straight victory of the fall with a 27-15 semi-final triumph yesterday on the turf.
Meanwhile in game two, the Hawks were blanked back on October 8th, 34-0 by the St Charles College Cardinals. The rematch wasn't a whole lot closer, but in a different direction altogether as Lively stopped SCC 31-10 in the second encounter.
As has been the case most of the season, running back Zidain Allen was a one-man wrecking crew for the Lancers, accounting for all 27 points with four touchdowns and both a standard and a two-point conversion.
The multi-sport talent who also stars on the back line of a GSSC Impact soccer team darted 45 yards just seconds into the game and then added a late first half touchdown to give Lasalle a 14-0 lead at the break.
The Bears made things interesting when quarterback Anthony Gutschier hooked up with wideout Jacob Dillabough for a 44 yard run and pass, with the latter also adding a late touchdown to make the score a little closer.
In between, Allen was back at work for the Lancers, recording his final two TDs as he continues to develop in a sport that he only first picked up this fall - all of which explains his primary focus when he sets up in the backfield.
"Just running with two hands on the ball and not running with a loaf of bread - that's important," he said with a smile. From a team standpoint, it was all about the positivity.
"We needed to stay loose, but also make sure that you were doing your job," said the 15 year-old grade 10 student at Lasalle. "If we didn't stay loose, we would get in each other's heads and be stressed out."
Dakota Wilcox also registered an interception for the Lancers, whose defense continues to play well.
Playing well is exactly what the Lively Hawks did as well, as Evan Abel scored three touchdowns and Kadin Broomhead and Aiden Faulteux (pick six on the final play of the game) reached the end zone once each on a contest that never felt close.
Braxton Ragogna returned an interception of his own to the house, adding both the point after and a later field goal for the Cards, whose roster has found itself more than a little beaten up over the course of the past few weeks.
Turnovers were critical in this encounter as Tyson Saikkonen (fumble recovery) and Jacob Duhamel (interception) also helped Lively maintain the momentum at key points. And then there was Abel, spending time mostly at running back but sliding over to QB, from time to time, spelling starter Ian MacDonald.
"I do like being a quarterback more, but I am a better runner than a thrower," said Abel, who is also brand new to the sport this year. "My friends really helped convince me to come out for tryouts."
On Friday, Abel and company will try and cap off their season, facing a Lasalle team which knocked them off 32-20 at the end of September.