Stettler Wildcats continue to dominate on the field

Stettler Wildcats take the field in their 2022 home opener on Sept. 23. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independet)Stettler Wildcats take the field in their 2022 home opener on Sept. 23. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independet)
The Stettler Wildcats enjoyed good support from the home-crowd in their first home game of the season. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)The Stettler Wildcats enjoyed good support from the home-crowd in their first home game of the season. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
The players of both teams stand in line for the singing of the national anthem. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)The players of both teams stand in line for the singing of the national anthem. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Representatives from both teams take to the field for the coin toss. The Wildcats ended up recieving. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Representatives from both teams take to the field for the coin toss. The Wildcats ended up recieving. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
One of the coaches gives the Wildcats a pep-talk before opening kickoff. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)One of the coaches gives the Wildcats a pep-talk before opening kickoff. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
That’s another touchdown for Muchaita. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)That’s another touchdown for Muchaita. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
The teams square off late in the fourth quarter. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)The teams square off late in the fourth quarter. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Touchdown celebration in the endzone. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Touchdown celebration in the endzone. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Ryan Muchaita fends off another tackle from Raider Xander Crosswell and another Raider. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Ryan Muchaita fends off another tackle from Raider Xander Crosswell and another Raider. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Wildcat Ryan Muchaita manages to avoid a tackle while carrying the ball. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Wildcat Ryan Muchaita manages to avoid a tackle while carrying the ball. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Callum Levers kicks for a conversion point. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Callum Levers kicks for a conversion point. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
To start the second half, Lindsay Thurber did a good job of penning the Wildcats into their own zone.To start the second half, Lindsay Thurber did a good job of penning the Wildcats into their own zone.
Carter Kranzler makes it 38-0 for the Wildcats.Carter Kranzler makes it 38-0 for the Wildcats.
Jackob Lewis carries the ball in for a touchdown, making the score 30-0 Wildcats.. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Jackob Lewis carries the ball in for a touchdown, making the score 30-0 Wildcats.. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Wildcat Colton Blanchard heads for the end-zone with the ball, picking up some yards. for his team. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Wildcat Colton Blanchard heads for the end-zone with the ball, picking up some yards. for his team. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Squaring off against the Lindsay Thurber raiders. late in the first half. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Squaring off against the Lindsay Thurber raiders. late in the first half. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Wildcat Luc Bryson runs the ball to pick up some serious yards. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Wildcat Luc Bryson runs the ball to pick up some serious yards. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Jordan Southern is a one-man wrecking ball, plowing into three Lindsay Thurber Raiders. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Jordan Southern is a one-man wrecking ball, plowing into three Lindsay Thurber Raiders. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
The Wildcats control the ball deep in Lindsay Thurber territory. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)The Wildcats control the ball deep in Lindsay Thurber territory. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
The Stettler Wildcats have Red Deer’s Lindsay Thurber Raiders locked deep in their own zone. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)The Stettler Wildcats have Red Deer’s Lindsay Thurber Raiders locked deep in their own zone. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
Jakob Lewis Passes the ball to Kyle Dennis early in the first quarter. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)Jakob Lewis Passes the ball to Kyle Dennis early in the first quarter. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)
The Wildcats celebrate their 63-1 win over Red Deer’s Lindsay Thurber Raiders on Sept. 23. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)The Wildcats celebrate their 63-1 win over Red Deer’s Lindsay Thurber Raiders on Sept. 23. (Kevin Sabo/Stettler Independent)

The Stettler Wildcats dominant play this season continued with their home opener against the Lindsay Thurber Raiders on Sept. 23.

Squaring off against the Raiders for the first time in years due to a realignment of the high school football league in the off season, thanks to 38 yards picked up early by Kyle Dennis the Wildcats were able to keep the Raiders hemmed into their own zone and jumped out to an early 6-0 lead.

The Raiders did not help their cause any, drawing several penalties losing 30 yards in the first-quarter alone.

Settler’s domination on the field continued into the second quarter. Starting the quarter with a score of 17-0, several more touchdowns were run along with accompanying conversions by kicker Callum Levers. The Wildcats ended the half with a lead of 49-0.

After a short intermission at half time, where a school band played, the teams retook the field.

Starting the second half, it almost seemed as if the winds of fate had shifted against the Wildcats. The team managed to draw several penalties and the Raiders did an admirable job of keeping the team hemmed into their own zone during the third quarter.

However, the Wildcats defence proved up to the task, managing to hold the Raiders to just a single point.

Late in the third quarter and heading into the fourth, the Wildcats managed to break out of their own zone thanks to a 41 yard drive by Dennis, who then scored a touchdown followed by a conversion by Levers making the score 56-1.

By the time the dust settled at the end of the fourth quarter, the final score was 63-1 for Stettler.

“We weren’t sure what to expect, we haven’t played Lindsay Thurber in seven years,” said head coach Norbert Baharally.

“We wanted to show them that a small town school can compete against a big city school. We wanted to play well against them. Our guys came out. We were firing on all cylinders. Everybody got onto the field and contributed to this win.”

The next game for the Wildcats is Sept. 29 against the Huntington Hills Lightning in Red Deer.

With this win, the Wildcats remain undefeated so far this season.

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