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Spartans pull out win despite mental mistakes
Spartans football head coach
Thursday September 08, 2005
It wasn’t pretty but it was a win.
The high school Spartans started strong, but the ‘little things’ came out to haunt them. The offence had two touchdowns, and the defence had one touchdown called back for penalties in the first quarter. The squads were playing well, but mental mistakes threatened the game, as the score at the half was 8-6 for Strathmore.
The second half saw a back and forth game with the score being 21–19 late in the game. With just under three minutes left to play, the Spartans forced themselves back to their own 5-yard line with a series of penalty-ridden plays. A good outside run, and a well placed punt, both by Daniel Johnson, set the Mustangs up to start their final drive from their own 40-yard line. The Strathmore defence pressed the Mustangs, and the ball was turned over on downs with just over a minute to play.
The Spartans in attempting to run down the clock gave the ball to Johnson, who scampered to the outside and scored a touchdown, putting Strathmore up by a score of 28-19. On the second play following the kickoff, Curtis Lafferty intercepted a Mustang pass to give the ball back to the Spartans, and the clock was run out.
The Spartans, who played a good game, had some mental lapses that made this game tighter than it needed to be. Fine-tuning will continue through this week’s practices, to sharpen up for the home opener against Holy Trinity Academy from Okotoks on Sept. 10.
Offence: 288 yards total
Passing: Tommy MacDonnell: 5-13, 115 yards, 2 TD, 1 Int, 1 Sacks
Rushing - 163 yards total
Daniel Johnson: 8 for 109 yds, 2 TD
Receiving - 115 yards total
Kelly Logelin: 3 for 65 yds, 1 TD
Dolan Sullivan: 2 solos, 6 assists
Cory Lien: 3 solos, 2 assists
Fumble Recoveries (2): Luis Plata, Curtis Silbernagel
Interceptions (1): Curtis Lafferty
Strong start to football season for Spartans
Strathmore Spartans football coach
Thursday September 01, 2005
The Jamboree, hosted by the Hanna Hawks, had 15 teams from across the province in attendance. Teams played 35-minute games with no special team play. Strictly offence versus defence -- make it to the end zone or hand the ball over -- series were played.
Playing games against George McDougal (Airdrie) (Tier 2), Rimbey (Tier 4), Lac La Biche (Tier 4), and Lacombe (Tier 2), the Spartans football squad (Tier 3) left the tournament on a high, suffering no losses.
Their first game of the day saw the Spartans battle George McDougal high school from Airdrie in a defensive duel. The Airdrie defence put lots of pressure on the Spartans offence and Strathmore’s defence returned the favour to Airdrie. The teams fought it out hard to the end, with the game ending in a tie.
The second game of the day saw the Spartans pitted against a fellow Big Sky Football Conference team, the Rimbey Spartans. The Strathmore Spartans offence and defence carried on the historical play against the second year Rimbey squad, and handily won the second match of the day.
The third game was played against an ailing Lac La Biche team. The coaching staff played the ‘rookie’ squads, giving the senior players a needed rest and the junior players a chance to show their stuff. Another win was logged by the Spartans.
The fourth game of the day was played against the Lacombe Rams. A tough game was played with the Spartans coming out on top.
The coaches report that both offensive and defensive squads played very well, but, as always, there is room for improvements and these preseason activities give a good view of what is working and what is not.
More ‘fine tuning’ will continue through the next week leading up to the Spartans first regular season game versus the Highwood Mustangs, Friday evening in High River.
The Spartans home opener for the 2005 high school football season is Sept. 10 versus Holy Trinity Academy from Okotoks. Look for some big battles in the trenches between both squads linemen during the game.
Kick off to new football season
Thursday August 25, 2005
|Through one set of hands and into another is the way it’s supposed to be done as the Strathmore Spartans began another season on the football field on Aug. 17 with the start of summer camp.
Eileen Johnson Photo
Strathmore Standard — Local football players had a chance to get their feet wet for the upcoming season.
Training camp kicked off on Aug. 17 on a waterlogged field. Despite the overcast conditions, players and coaches were in good spirits with another season of gridiron around the corner.
The training camp will run every day of the week until the season kicks off in early September. If anyone interested in playing football missed the registration night and beginning of camp, players will still be accepted, particularly for the bantam team. Late registrations will be accepted on Monday and Wednesday evenings during practice at the football field next to Strathmore high school. Anyone in Grades seven to nine is welcome to join the bantam football squad.
Carl Seafoot, head coach of the Strathmore Spartans high school football team, said opening week of training camp is about knocking off the rust and getting players back into the game. It’s also a time when the coaches get to see the players in action for the first time in months.
“At the start you’re just looking and observing,” said Seafoot.
Being teenagers, the players can change quite a bit from year to year noted Seafoot, as some would add a few inches in height and while others would have bulked up.
The head coach said there is always opportunity for change on the team as a player might fit a position better than in previous seasons.
“One year a guy isn’t there and the next year he’s perfect for the position,” noted Seafoot.
With the majority of the players coming out for the high school football team having played bantam football previously, there is already a strong and experienced core of players.
“It’s definitely an asset,” said Seafoot of having a bantam football team in Strathmore.
“You’ve got to give the bantam coaches a lot of credit,” he added, as they take players that often know very little about the game and mold them from the ground up.
The high school squad kicks off the season on Aug. 27 with a pre-season in Hanna.
“It’s the first time we get to bang and crash against someone else,” Seafoot said of the tournament.
“It gets everybody moving. It gets everybody thinking about the game.”
The Spartans first game of the season is Sept. 3 versus Highwood in High River with their home opener on Sept. 10 versus Holy Trinity Academy.
Bright football future for former Spartan
Jason Andruskievicz of Gleichen has taken football to the next level with junior team on Vancouver Island
Thursday August 18, 2005
Strathmore Standard — Jason Andruskievicz has done a lot on the football field in a relatively short period of time.
Having only picked up the game on an organized team in his final year of high school, the Gleichen resident took football another step up this summer with a move to the west coast.
The 18-year-old joined the Victoria Rebels, a junior football squad of the B.C. Football Conference, in June and he is already contemplating his future in the game further.
Players can compete in the junior football ranks until the age of 22 and Andruskievicz plans to enjoy it and soak up all the experience and knowledge he can about the game from the Rebels. But he said that the coaches have told him that if he works hard, going to university to play football isn’t out of reach for him.
“Earlier I didn’t see that … I wasn’t going to pursue that,” he said of playing at the university level.
“We’ll just kind of see where it goes from here.”
Andruskievicz’s football career began in Grade 12 when he tried out for the Strathmore Spartans high school football team.
Although he had planned to try out for the squad in his Grade 11 year, he was away on holidays when the camp was held. Following a strong year on the field, the Spartans’ head coach, Carl Seafoot, got him to the North-South Senior Bowl tryout camp this spring. At the camp, he was noticed by a few teams including the Rebels’ head coach Paul Orazietti, who used to be the head coach of the Bow Valley Wolverines of the Big Sky League, which the Spartans also play in.
“I kept talking to him (Orazietti) and I ended up out here,” said Andruskievicz on the phone from Victoria.
With the Rebels, the teenager has the chance to learn from coaches who have played in the CFL and NFL. With that calibre of coaching, Andruskievicz noted there are big expectations of the players.
“The physical demand is a big jump. The mental aspect is quite a bit higher too,” he commented.
“You’ve got to pick it up a lot.”
A move from defensive lineman to offensive lineman has also been a big step up for the six-foot tall player.
“You’ve got to be really physical,” he said is one of the big differences between the two linemen positions.
Physical and aggressive play led to a quarterback sack for the local during the Rebels’ game on Aug. 13. The team went on to defeat their opponent, the Chilliwack Valley Huskers, 31-7.
The Victoria squad is a very young one but according to Andruskievicz, they are confident about their future.
“We can hold our own against the best teams, we just need to bring it that much more to beat them,” he said, noting they lost to the Vancouver Island Raiders 15-12 in early August.
“They’re one of the best teams out here,” he noted of the Nanaimo-based squad.
“I think the team has got a ton of potential,” said Andruskievicz of the Rebels
Hit the turf
The new football season kicks off with camp beginning on Aug. 17.
Thursday August 11, 2005
With registration for this year’s season set for Aug. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Civic Centre and training camp beginning on Aug. 17, the Strathmore high school football squad welcomes anyone interested in playing who attends high school in town.
The team will hit the turf for a pre-season tournament on Aug. 27 in Hanna. Following the tournament, the Spartans have only one week to prepare for their season opener on Sept. 3 versus High River.
Head coach Carl Seafoot said he expects good things from this year’s team with the amount of experienced players expected to come back. Combine that with very few graduated players from last season and that means a very seasoned football team.
“It should be good for us in that case,” said Seafoot of the fact they have lost very few players to graduation.
“Anytime you’re only losing three or four players … I’m thinking we should be good this year,” he commented.
The Spartans spring camp, which was held in May, went well according to Seafoot and the coaching staff saw some promising new players take to the field at that time.
Along with new players, there will also be two new coaches. Tim Lien will work with the defense and Alex McCorkindale will help with the defensive line and other defense positions.
The Spartans are in the Tier III Big Sky League along with Highwood (High River), Holy Trinity Academy out of Okotoks, Bow Valley from Canmore and Banff and the Black Diamond team, Oilfields.
For more information regarding football registration and the training camp, contact Seafoot at 934-6702, Bob Fearon at 934-4687 or Brett Bastable at 590-5619.