Wildcats, Cougars and Panthers lose, but coaches satisfied with effort

Possessing the ball everywhere - Both offensive and defensive line-ups of the Wildcats appeared unprepared for the onslaught of the fast

All three of Stettler’s football teams had terrible-looking losses last week, in a week the score-sheets were not at all fair to local boys.

Both Wildcats of the Wm. E Hay and the bantam Cougars faced their opponents from Lacombe and lost 46-14 and 48-0, respectively, while the peewee Panthers lost to Red Deer Hornets 38-0.

The heavy loss of the Wildcats came through a hurricane which blew over the Wm. E Hay football field when the visiting Lacombe Rams scored 21 points in just under 90 seconds.

“I have never seen it happen in high school football in the years I have been involved,” said Widlcats head coach Norbert Baharally.

The game looked like progressing at a balanced pace until two minutes left to the end of the second period.

At the time, the visitors were leading 6-0 having scored a touchdown at the end of the first period.

When Landon Potter responded with the Wildcats’ touchdown near the end of the second period, he triggered a massive onslaught of the Rams with three consecutive touchdowns and three converts in just under a minute and a half.

The first touchdown came when the Rams receiver rushed almost 100 yards without being stopped. After conversion, the Raiders kicked the ball, Wildcats fumbled and Raiders recovered and it was the second touchdown of the storm.

Within seconds, Rams once again took possession of the ball and with another long range rush it was the third touchdown of the period for the Raiders.

“I don’t even remember how the third touchdown came,” said Baharally.

“It just happened so quickly. We just imploded.”

“The defense fell asleep in some of those plays,” he said in reference to the touchdowns scored by the opponents after very long rushes.

The rest of the game, Wildcats could not get over the shock although they could score one more touchdown towards the end of the fourth quarter.

Baharally said, in order to make it to the playoffs, Wildcats had to return with a win from this Friday’s game in Wetaskiwin.

In the bantam Cougars’ game, despite the score, head coach Mike Roach said the team was not all that bad.

“The Cougars played much better than the score indicated,” he said.

“The poor special- teams play and inopportune penalties left the defense on the field much too long. For the most part the defense played well.”

“When the offense did get on the field, they showed a great deal of improvement in their blocking and showed more intensity than any previous games. The boys never gave up and continued to fight until the final buzzer.”

On offense, Austin Peterson had 46 yards on nine carries and Nicholas Baharally had 40 yards on 15 carries while in defense Baharally had eight tackles and Brandon Rowland had five.

The Cougars now host the Notre Dame Cougars on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. at Wm. E. Hay field.

The peewee Panthers got a big pat in the back from their coaches despite their defeat for having done a lot of the things right.

Quarterback Kyle Lawrence was amazingly good in his passing play, particularly in the second and third periods with very targeted long range passes that could not be received.

“I was quite happy with the way the kids played,” said head coach Gary Sorenson.

“In our defense, outside containment was a little bit weak and that cost us some points, that is something we need to improve on.”

“But we did a lot of things very well.”

“It is coming a long and they are starting to grow with every game,” he said.

“The score is not indicative of the game and as coaches, we are overall quite happy with what they did.”

Panthers now travel to Strathmore for their second away game on Saturday.

“We are hoping to bring back a win

from Strathmore,” said Sorenson.

Just Posted

Magician Steve Harmer levitates table Nov. 22

Clearview schools students watch illusionist float end table around gym

Don’t miss ‘Dark Winter Polar Nights’ at Stettler Public Library

International Holiday Potluck coming on Dec. 6

County balks at credit cards for tax payments

Ambulance mix-ups discussed by county council Nov. 8

Big Hank’s Tribute to Blues Christmas songs in support of Stettler Food Bank

Win 2 tickets to this rousing All-star line-up of 20’s 30’s 40’s 50’s and 60’s tunes

Stettler County campground broken into Nov. 13

Stettler RCMP looking for two suspects in B&E investigation

Magician Steve Harmer levitates table Nov. 22

Clearview schools students watch illusionist float end table around gym

BC RCMP hunt for white SUV that rammed cruiser

Kamloops RCMP are looking for a white SUV headed north on the Yellowhead Highway

Canadian screen stars want ‘action’ from industry meeting on sexual misconduct

‘Of course there’s been sexual harassment here. Absolutely. No question.’

VIDEO: ‘She is a tough cookie,’ says husband of found B.C. dog walker

Annette Poitras found alive in the woods on Wednesday morning

Opioid prescriptions up across Canada: report

The report shows the number of opioid prescriptions rose by almost seven per cent, while daily doses on average dropped

Russian meddling has implications for Canada

Kosovo president Hashim Thaci warns that Russian meddling has implications for Canada

Health Canada hints at government’s plans for legal pot

Health warnings, plain covers for pot packs under proposed regulations

Washington governor tells BC don’t be ‘daunted’ by Trump

“I want to assure this assembly that no matter who is in the White House, it won’t affect Washington state’s relationship with Canada or British Columbia.”

Feds plan to spend billions on housing strategy

However much of the $15.9 billion will not be spent until after the next election in 2019

Most Read