Stettler Panthers played Rocky Mountain House Rebels in their second regular season game on Saturday, Sept. 16 and beat them 20-8.
Even though the Panthers did not have home advantage, they were able to overcome their opponents, especially in the second half where they kept pushing hard, and capitalizing on their strength.
Kevin Shuckburgh, defensive coordinator said,”This game was the tale of two halves of football … in the first half we were reluctant to be aggressive, missing many tackles and getting caught out of position.
“Rocky caught us sitting back on our heels scoring the first TD of the game.”
After half-time the coaching staff had a chat with the team about responsibility, effort, and simply just doing the job or assignment given to them as players, which saw them surging ahead in the second half.
“Our players took to the field in the second half determined to dominate the game,” Shuckburgh added. “And they did. Our team showed the ability that when they get down early, they have the character to lift each other back up and be a very dominant football team.”
Shuckburgh further explained that as they prepared for Drumheller, who they will face this weekend, they are continuing to work on sound football fundamentals with an emphasis on being aggressive.
“Each player will be having a defined role and doing their job, and it won’t be taken over by another player, and this will be the foundation of this team moving forward.”
The Panthers will play Drumheller on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Wm. E. Hay football field.