Stettler Panthers played the Red Deer Hornets on Saturday, Oct. 15 in a home game to fall 21-0.
“Another defensive battle happened with the Red Deer squad gaining the victory,” said Head Coach Ernie Shirreff. “The boys had trouble offensively as Stettler was missing a few key players due to injury.”
Defensive Coordinator Zeke Ryan said that with Hornets having double the players, 32 compared to Stettler’s 16, Panthers were at a disadvantage from the outset.
“Our defence really played well and fought hard,” said Ryan. “But, we just couldn’t get a break at all. Overall it was a really good game.”
The Panthers have a couple of weeks to recoup and recover as they go into a bye week before the playoffs.
Finishing the regular season at 3-3, Panthers will compete for the tier 3 league championship starting on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Cougars defeated by visiting Sylvan Lake
In a home game riddled with bad weather and severe chill, Stettler Cougars went down 26-14 on Saturday, Oct. 15 to the visiting team Sylvan Lake.
“Another opening play touchdown by our opponents put Stettler in a hole early,” said Head Coach Ernie Shirreff.
Sylvan scored twice more in the first half to lead 20-0.
The first play of the second half was equally disastrous as Stettler turned the ball over on the opening kickoff that led to another quick Sylvan touchdown.
For Stettler, Curtis Myshaniuk and Brett Mercier scored touchdowns in the third quarter to lessen the gap and get Cougars a little closer.
“But that was the end of the scoring for the game for us,” added Shirreff.
The Stettler Cougars will now travel south for the first round of tier 3 league playoffs where a rematch with Sylvan is likely in the league tier 3 final.