Wildcats started their season with an excellent performance on Friday, Sept. 9 as they took on Drayton Valley Warriors and inflicted a crushing defeat of 56-0.
With eight touchdowns from the Wildcats and subsequent converts the Wildcats and their coaching staff couldn’t have asked for a better show.
Teron Garbutt opened the scoring with a touchdown, and as the game progressed Wildcats made it look easier with each play.
The other touchdowns were scored by Jordan Lane, who scored two, while Noah McKay scored one, Will McDonald scored two and Alex LeBlanc scored two.
All eight one-point converts of the game were scored with amazing precision by Steele Nichols.
“I thought that we played very well overall,” said head coach Norbert Baharally. “Our guys played a solid game offensively, defensively and on special teams. We had over 500 yards of offence and were able to hold their offence to I believe less than 175 yards.”
Nicholas Baharally, assistant defensive/linebackers coordinator explained, “Anytime your offence is able to put 56 points on the board, you know they are doing something right.”
“I feel the guys played a very good game,” said Nicholas. “Likewise, our defence had a very solid performance. I told the defence before the game, and specifically my linebackers, a goal of ours for the game would be to shut them out, and that’s exactly what we did.”
Even though the coaches were happy with the team performance, not so much with their penalties.
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“Once again for the second game in a row we had way too many penalties than I would like to have as a team,” said Baharally. “This is something that we talked about as a team that we need to fix but we obviously still have a lot of work to do in this area.”
Nicholas seemed to mirror head coach Baharally’s thoughts too.
“Penalties. There is no hiding that, and based on our performance against Drayton Valley it is very clear that this is an area our team needs to work on,” said Nicholas. “We need to be a more disciplined team, I believe we took nine penalties in the first half of the game alone, and that is just unacceptable.”
Wildcats are not looking to change their strategy much in terms of preparation this week for Ponoka.
“I know we will keep conditioning our players every day, to make sure we can put them in the best position every week to get the W,” said Nicholas. “We have a lot of raw talent this year, so as coaches we do everything we can to help the team be successful.”