Home at last

Correlieu’s first home crowd for football in three years.

The Clan played their first home game in three years last week, thanks to the hard work of students on the team and facility from both team’s schools.

Without a proper football field, the team has been shipping out to Prince George every game, making for a tiring season on the road.

Last Friday, Sept. 21, the Clan suited up for an exhibition game on their very own field, thanks to a lot of hard work from the team members and facility of Correlieu.

It was the second game of the season for the team.

The game was close through the first three quarters, before the Clan fell behind to lose to the College Heights Cougars 28-12.

The game was tied midway through the fourth quarter when Correlieu fumbled. A failed punt attempt by the Clan allowed College Heights to take over, resulting in two touchdowns for the Cougars late in the last quarter.

Despite the loss, the team’s coach, Jeff Morris, said he was happy not only with the team’s performance, but with the turnout by fans as well.

“The parents, friends and other fans that came out seemed to have a good time and that’s the important thing,” Morris said.

He was also optimisitic about the team’s chances as the season progresses.

“We’ll get them in the regular season,” he said.

The students put a lot of hard work into getting their field serviceable for the game Morris said, noting Mitch Carter, Mitch Kennedy and Isaiah Kennedy were particularly helpful in the clean up and preparation of the field.

The game was put together on a rather rushed timeline, with a scant week’s notice. Because of a scheduling conflict, the area’s officials were in Vanderhoof, teachers stepped up to create the officiating crew. Coach Morris, Maria Lopestri, Matt Johnson and Alec Borret all stepped up into various positions to officiate the game.

A sizeable crowd showed up at Correlieu to watch the home game and cheer on their sons, friends and local football team.

With all that work and with the home town crowd watching them for the first time, the players had more pressure.

“They were nervous, really nervous, about playing at home,” Morris said.

Tight end Cole Crick was a standout in the game, with two receptions to net  both the team’s touchdowns.

Dan MacDougall, the team’s quarter back, also had a good game. MacDougall, a grade 10 student, is growing quickly into his new role, taking great strides in the two games he’s played.

On the defensive side, Tristan McCartney registered six tackles in his effort to keep the cougars from their end zone.

The Clan would like to thank all the teachers, staff and students from the both Correlieu and College Heights, who helped put the game together on such short notice. They would particularly like to thank the parents and students who showed up to back the Quesnel players in their first home game in three years.

The Clan is looking forward to another succesful season.

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