Wildcats scored 36 points against Rocky Mountain House Rebels on Thursday, Oct. 29 on home turf without conceding a single point to secure their place at the championship final against Sylvan Lake this week.
The Wildcats dominated most of the play in the first quarter, taking a lead of 22-0.
Jordan Lane scored the first touchdown of the game, followed by Cooper Smyth and Kyle Lawrence.
Wildcats players Smyth and Austin Rosland scored the other two touchdowns.
“Advancing to the league championship and having a chance to win a league title was always one of our goals at the start of our season and now we have put ourselves in a position to do that,” said Norbert Baharally, head coach after the game. “Our challenge is still trying to get our entire team out to practices at the same time, but with a small number of players on our roster this year, only 25, we have been getting 13-16 players consistently dressed for practices during the week leading up to our games.”
According to Baharally, the other challenge that Wildcats face is “to try to stay healthy and injury-free to get us through to the rest of the year.”
“We cannot afford to lose any players with such a small roster,” he said.
“If we are going to be successful against Sylvan Lake in the league championship game, our guys are going to have to make these adjustments that we are going to plan for in our practices.”
Baharally added, “We will be looking at some film from our first game against Sylvan Lake as well as some recent film and then we will be making the necessary offensive and defensive adjustments to give us the best chance of being successful.”
Assistant coach Guy Neitz was happy that the Wildcats came together successfully to advance to the next round.
“It was a very physical game and hard fought game right to the end,” said Neitz. “Our offence has more weapons and skills to attack with and the Rocky defence wasn’t able to contain us.”
“When the Rocky defence over adjusted to the Trips (overload) formation, that gave us a huge advantage that allowed us to score early and often, then our defense shut down their running game to seal the win,” he said recounting team strategy.
Contemplating on their championship game against Sylvan Lake, Baharally said, “I think that the biggest quality or characteristic that has brought us this far as a team is the fact that we all believe in each other and we know that we are not going to let each other down, win or lose.”
“We all understand that football is a team sport and even though we have a lot of talented and athletic individuals, we are all a team still first and foremost, and no one individual is stronger than the team,” continued Baharally.
Wildcats play Sylvan Lake on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 2:00 p.m. in Sylvan Lake for the championship.