The Humboldt Mohawks are still undefeated after topping the Churchill Chargers last week.
Despite the long road trip to La Ronge, Humboldt made the most of the Sept. 28 game, beating the Chargers 37-19 after a fourth quarter push.
The win plants Humboldt firmly at the top of the league standings as the only undefeated team in the league, with three wins.
Before the game, hosts Churchill held a ceremony honouring the Humboldt Broncos, including indigenous drummers and singers. Offensive co-ordinator Dave Rowe said the ceremony was “quite moving.”
Humboldt committed five turnovers during the game and took a 25-yard penalty that ended with a player being ejected from the game.
“Just before the game I talked with the receivers and the running backs and the quarterbacks and I said there are three great equalizers in a football game – those are turnovers, penalties and weather conditions,” said Rowe.
“We sure didn’t help our cause with stupid penalties and turnovers.”
The game was close in the third quarter, with Humboldt fumbling the ball shortly after snagging a 20-13 lead. However, the defence came up with a key stop, then from inside Humboldt’s own five-yard line, quarterback Carter Tarnewski hit Dakota Hoffman with a long first down.
After that play, the floodgates opened. Humboldt dominated the fourth quarter, extending matters from a one possession game to almost doubling up the Chargers.
Humboldt will play their next game on familiar ground, facing Tisdale at home on Oct. 5. After that Humboldt will face Nipawin twice to close out the regular season, first on the road on Oct. 12, then at home on Oct. 19.
While Humboldt has beaten Tisdale already this season, Rowe said the team would do everything possible to avoid being complacent before the next game.
“I think it’s going to be important this week to make sure the players are developing and working hard and not taking anything for granted, going up against an opponent that we faced earlier and defeated,” he said.
“Down the stretch, I think if we practice hard and improve our execution, then we should be fairly successful going forward.”