The Stettler Wildcats wrapped up the regular Tier IV high school football season with a bang, beating the hapless Rocky Mountain House Rebels 45-9 on the road.
The Wildcats were on the good side of a lopsided win. “Yes, that is always nice,” stated head coach Norb Baharally in an email.
What did the Wildcats do that led to such a wide margin of victory? “I think plain and simple, we showed up to play. We had a very quick lead one-minute into the game and just continued to roll. I believe we were up 14-0 after two and a half minutes into the game. That would deflate any team. “
Baharally said the Wildcat linesmen really bared their claws in this game, followed by a stand-out performance that sealed the deal.
“Our offence performed very well and we were clicking on all cylinders,” stated Baharally.
“I gave our game balls to any of our players that played on the offensive or defensive line and also Brett Mercier. Brett had a really strong game running the ball for us and converting on some really key second down runs.”
Obviously, the defense had a great game, only allowing less than 10 points. “Yes, our defense also played very well,” stated the head coach.
“Essentially holding Rocky to only three points in the first half. They had a critical stop early in the game when Rocky got inside our red zone but they held them to only a field goal.
“That would have made the score 21 – 7 but instead it was 21-3. Rocky scored a late touchdown on us with less than two minutes left.
The head coach said Wildcat special teams played their part well in the lopsided win. “Our special teams were very solid. We had some really great punt returns and our punt and kickoff cover teams played fantastic.”
The playoff schedule has been finalized and the Wildcats know where they stand in the seeding?
“At least for the first round of playoffs,” stated Baharally.
“We will be playing Sylvan Lake on Friday October 27th at 3:30 p.m. at home. There was a three-way tie for first place between us, Sylvan Lake and Drayton Valley.
“After looking at the points against between the three tied teams, we ended up second by a narrow margin (Drayton had 49 points, we had 60 points and Sylvan had 69 points against them).”