CALGARY BANTAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

SELECT TEAM
2004 Pilgrim Bowl, Collinsville, Illinois


RESULTS – FRIDAY NOVEMBER 26TH :

CALGARY SELECTS 14 --- COLLINSVILLE RAIDERS 8

The Calgary Bantam Football Association’s Select Team kicked off their 2004 Pilgrim Bowl experience on a muddy field in Collinsville, Illinois Friday morning. The team came away with a hard fought last minute victory over the home town Collinsville Raiders by the score of 14-8.

Weather conditions played a factor as the St. Louis area has received a lot of rain lately. Both teams had trouble getting their footing. The temperature for the game was approximately 40F. The teams battled through a scoreless first half and then the Raiders were the first to hit the scoreboard in the second half. Following the convert it was 8-0 Collinsville. The Selects took the ensuing kickoff and marched all the way to the Raider 2 yard line. From there Ryan Buchan (Mavericks) crashed over for the touchdown. The convert was missed keeping the score at 8-6. Finally with 37 seconds left in the game the Raiders were preparing to punt from their 15 yard line. A bad snap occurred and the Selects were able to tackle the punter inside the 5 yard line. Wendell Geary (Hilltoppers) plowed over from there for the winning touchdown! Curtis Glawson (Eagles) added the convert and the Selects came away with the 14-8 victory!

The Selects will play on Saturday at 10 am Central Time against the Belleville Little Knights and on Sunday at 11 am CT they will wrap up the tournament against the JJK Flames. This team is from East St. Louis and is funded by the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Boys and Girls Club.


RESULTS – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 27TH :

CALGARY SELECTS 15 --- BELLEVILLE LITTLE KNIGHTS 14

The Calgary Bantam Football Association’s Select Team continued their winning ways Saturday on a very rainy 50 degree morning at the 2004 Pilgrim Bowl in Belleville, Illinois. It was the second straight victory for the team comprised of All-Stars from the CBFA. The Pilgrim Bowl is an annual Thanksgiving tournament in the St. Louis, Missouri area attended by hundreds of teams from the United States and a few from Canada. This is the seventh time the CBFA has sent our Select Team to the Pilgrim Bowl.

Although the rain continued throughout the game, the Selects were able to sustain an early drive capped off by Ryan Buchan's (Mavericks) 15 yard touchdown romp. Curtis Glawson (Eagles) added the convert to make it 8-0 Calgary. The tournament is using similar kicking rules to the CBFA where 2 points are awarded for a kicked convert and 1 point for a run or pass into the end zone. Later, the Knights were able to block a Glawson punt and score a tying touchdown. Then on the ensuing kickoff, Calgary fumbled and that set up another Knight touchdown. This time the convert was missed, keeping the score at 14-8 for Belleville.

Late in the third quarter Ryan Buchan once again broke free and went 25 yards for the tying score. On the convert attempt there was a mishandled snap due to a soggy ball, but the holder Jared Clark (Lions) was able to scoop up the ball and toss it to Nick Craig (Lions) for the winning one point convert! The Selects turned back the Knights on a fourth down conversion late in the fourth quarter and the win was in the books 15-14!

The Selects will wrap up their Pilgrim Bowl experience on Sunday at 12:00 PM Central Time against the JJK Flames. This team is from East St. Louis and is funded by the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Boys and Girls Club.


RESULTS – SUNDAY NOVEMBER 28TH :

CALGARY SELECTS 32 --- JJK (EAST ST. LOUIS) FLAMES 6

The Calgary Bantam Football Association Select Team wrapped up their 2004 Pilgrim Bowl play with an impressive 32-6 victory over the JJK Flames from East St. Louis, a team sponsored by the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Boys and Girls Club. The game was played in overcast 45F conditions in Belleville, Illinois. The win gave the CBFA All-Stars an unblemished 3-0 record in the tournament which is all the more impressive considering the boys had to learn full American rules in just three weeks of practice. The Pilgrim Bowl is an annual Thanksgiving tournament in the St. Louis, Missouri area attended by hundreds of teams from the United States and a few from Canada. This is the seventh time the CBFA has sent our Select Team to the Pilgrim Bowl.

The Selects started the game fast and scored two touchdowns in the first quarter. Nick Craig (Lions) went 45 yards and Wendell Geary (Hilltoppers) had a 10 yard scamper. In the second quarter, Justin Bruneau (Cowboys) added a 5 yard touchdown run. The scoring was capped by Nick Craig in the third quarter on a 3 yard touchdown. Curtis Glawson (Eagles) converted all 4 touchdowns.

Congratulations to the boys for winning their group at the Pilgrim Bowl. They have had an incredible experience that they will carry with them throughout their lives. Thank you very much to the Calgary media for all your coverage throughout the year. We hope to see everyone at Shouldice Park on Saturday August 27th to kick off our 2005 campaign.

Dave King

CBFA