Panthers scored their first season win last weekend as they beat Lacombe 6-0 in a “defensive battle” on Saturday, Sept. 24.
“We won 6-0, with a defensive battle all throughout the game,” said Head Coach Ernie Shirreff. “Both the teams had trouble moving the ball, but in the end we had a little more success than Lacombe, even though we couldn’t finish drives.”
With about eight minutes left, Panthers finally scored.
Fullback Kyle Dennis scored from eight yards out to give the team a win.
“This was an outstanding effort by our defence as they stymied Lacombe offence the whole game,” said Shirreff.
Panthers are now 2-1 in league play and will play Innisfail in a home game on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m.
Cougars beaten on home turf
Despite some great effort from the Cougars, they were beaten 12-54 in a home game last Saturday, Sept. 24 as they took on a great Lacombe team.
“Having a short bench had the Cougars playing ironman football against a very strong Lacombe team,” said Desmond Ansorger, line coach. “And in spite of the lopsided score, the boys were competitive and showed that they are a very tough group of players, with some of them playing with injuries.”
According to Ansorger, execution on both offence and defence was far from stellar. “The offence kept struggling to hold onto the football, which ultimately cost them the game,” Ansorger added. “Even then there were some bright spots for the Cougars, with running back Brett Mercier and Curtis Myshaniuk running the ball well, and defensively Cole Nichols making a strong game.”
Linemen Tayler Knudson, Ryan Yates, Colton Ansorger , Luke Martin and Josh Morris stayed strong for the most part, Ansorger said.
“Progress is being made and the team is working hard to get better each week,” concluded Ansorger.
Cougars play Hunting Hills on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. in Stettler.