YORKTON - It was a perfect conclusion to the last day of summer - an Atom Gridder victory in their last home game of the season.
The Gridders’ offence was explosive for all four quarters in their victory over the visiting Regina Cardinals, and with the 40-20 win, the local Atoms wrap up their regular season with a 4-3 record.
“Our O line created gaping holes for our run game,” reported Mark Schendel, Yorkton’s Atom head coach. “I always say they (Offensive Line) are the heartbeat of the offence. It always starts up front.”
The Gridders offence gashed the Cardinal defence for numerous big chunk plays. Kelson Hawreluik (three touchdowns) and Carter Britton (two touchdowns) led the running attack. Preston Tratch and Adarius Schigol-Peterson also had scores for the Gridders.
“Pick your poison. Both Kelson and Carter have tremendous speed and outstanding vision. They are a nightmare for opposing defences,” suggested Schendel.
Schendel would also note that it was a complete team effort on Wednesday.
“Our D made some key stops just when the Cardinals were trying to swing the momentum,” he said.
Schendel also credited his defensive coaches.
“Cam Barton and Jesse Nielsen always do a great job of in-game adjustments,” said the head coach.
The Gridders defence would bend, but not break, especially in the second half.
The Atom Gridders will wrap up their season on Sunday with a Bowl Game in Regina. The bowl game pairings will be based on the final standings for the 11-team league.