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Joining the Broncos
Thursday March 31, 2005
|Five local football players made the Calgary Broncos midget team. The players include; Daniel Johnson (back, l-r), Broncos head coach Ian Ashton and Danny Warrack. Sean Seafoot (front, l-r), Cory Lien and Curtis Silbernagel.
Photo Courtesy of Carl Seafoot
Strathmore Standard — Strathmore will provide the Calgary Broncos midget football team with five high school all-star players for the 2005 season.
The Midget Football League gives Grade 10 and 11 players the chance to further develop their skills against the province’s best.
Daniel Johnson, Cory Lien, Sean Seafoot, Curtis Silbernagel and Danny Warrack of Strathmore joined 65 other players from Calgary and area trying to make the 2005 squad. After a grueling camp, all five members were selected to the team.
The league is set up to enhance southern Alberta’s high school football and, at the same time, accommodate other high school activities.
The league begins in April and ends June 10, eliminating any interference with the student’s final exam preparation. In addition, practices start after 6 p.m. in order to accommodate those students who are involved with other high school activities.
According to Carl Seafoot, the head coach of the Strathmore Spartans high school football team, it is a real testament to the local football program to have five players make the Broncos squad.
“You would like to think that as a coach,” said Seafoot. “These guys have picked up a lot over the last few years that they’ve been in the Strathmore program.
“It is good to see them go into the city and shine - all these guys are Grade 11’s now, so they’re going into their senior year of high school this coming fall.
“This basically gives them another full year of playing time, practice time.”
Seafoot is excited to see all five players make the Broncos, in preparation for the Strathmore high school football season this September.
According to Seafoot, it is good for the players to see how other teams operate.
“There is nothing wrong with them seeing how other coaching staffs do things either,” said Seafoot. “Hopefully they can pick up different things - pick up different tricks here and there. It will definitely not hurt them.”
According to Seafoot, Johnson will join the Broncos as a running back after playing that position for the Spartans last year. Cory Lein and Sean Seafoot are two offensive tackles who are “around the 300 pound mark.”
Curtis Silbernagel will also join the previous two mentioned players on the offensive line. According to coach Seafoot, all three play their positions very well and only allowed five sacks against all year with the Spartans.
According to Seafoot, Warrack is slated to be a slot back for the Broncos, the same position he held for the Spartans.
“I’m already daydreaming for next season with these players,” said Seafoot. “It should be an exciting season.”
2004 Strathmore Community Football AssociationAwards
Winners of the Awards were:
3 yr Participation Letter:
Spartan Awards/Shields: Proficiency, Leadership, & Attitude
Danny Warrack, Curtis Silbernagel,Dolan Sullivan
Big Sky Football Conference League Medals:
Offence: Running Back Daniel Johnson
Defense: Linebacker Dustyn Johnson
Special Teams: Kicker Colby Van Kleef
Rookie: Defensive End Brandon Williamson
Coaches Special Recognition:
Safety/Halfback Stephon Hebert, Wide Receiver Josh Lord, Defensive End Jaiman Chin, Running Back Scott Smith, Quarterback Tommy MacDonnell, Offensive Line: Cory Lien, Jason Andruskievicz, Ryan Niven, Steven Meierhoffer, Sean Seafoot, Curtis Silbernagel
Most Valuable Player: (As voted by the players) Dustyn Johnson
Positive results for Spartans
Thursday November 04, 2004
|It was a snowy day when the Spartans high school football team hosted Rimby on Oct. 23 at the high school. The Spartans won the game, capping their off their regular season with a win.
Sharon McLeay Photo
Strathmore Standard — The Strathmore Spartans high school football team concluded their 2004 season, with a playoff loss to the top-ranked Drumheller Titans on Oct. 26.
After a solid regular season, the Spartans were forced to face the Titans in a winner-take-all battle for a chance at the Big Sky Football League Semi-finals.
Despite losing the game and ending their season, the Spartans had a successful season, said head coach Carl Seafoot.
“The season, overall, was a good one,” said Seafoot. “Although the final standings were below the .500 mark, the team had lost some games, which they felt were well within reach. With a little help from the football spirits, we could have been quite easily 5-3.
“The team played well together, with some players really showing some improvement over their previous year level of play. It was a learning year for both players and coaches, with new plays and philosophies.”
After spending last season as an assistant coach, Seafoot moved up to take over the reigns, while assistant coach Brett Bastable returned to the high school team, after moving to assist with the Bantam team for the 2003 season.
Both are anticipating better results next season.
“The outlook for the 2005 season is good,” said Seafoot. “The squad will only loose three players to graduation this year, with the bulk of the players only being in Grade 11 this year.
“It is a strong positive feeling to have that many players returning for next year, and the knowledge that there are some strong players moving up.”
In the playoff game, the Spartans recognized that they had their work cut out for them, as they entered dinosaur country for the first game of the 2004 league playoffs. They would definitely have to bring their ‘A’ game to combat the Titans, who had won the first two regular season battles of the teams.
In the first half, the Spartans struck first, with running back Daniel Johnson, exploding through the middle, scoring a major on the opening play. Through the half, the Spartans defence fought off the Drumheller offensive march, but the Titans offensive squad pushed onward to make their points.
The Spartan offensive squad was moving the ball, but the Drumheller defense held strong when they had to, denying the Spartans many opportunities to score. Running back Scott Smith left the game early in the first quarter with an injury, removing half of the Spartans dynamic backfield duo. The first half closed with the Titans leading 32-13. The second half saw the Spartans gain some momentum through the third quarter scoring 14 points to Drumheller’s seven, trimming the score to 39-27.
The Spartans seemed to be on a roll, with momentum swinging their way, until the Titans offense broke loose in the fourth quarter scoring 12 unanswered points. The score at the game ending siren was 51 – 27.
“The game seemed a lot tighter than the final score indicated, with majors being made on single plays that broke out into the end zone,” said Seafoot. “We had opportunities that we didn’t cash-in on, which would have made the score tighter.
“It wasn’t like we had no chance of winning the game.
For the love of the game
Strathmore Spartans bantam football team completes successful season according to coach
Thursday October 28, 2004
|The Strathmore Spartans bantam football team completed another successful season of football on Oct. 16. The Spartans finished the season with a 3-1 record, but failed to reach the playoffs.
Mario Prusina photo
Strathmore Standard — Despite not making the playoffs, the Strathmore Spartans bantam football team can classify their season as a success, according to their head coach.
“It was a successful season,” said Ryan Grey. “We only ended up with one loss out of four games that counted for points. We had few key players out with injuries, and when you consider that, I think we did pretty good.
“I think that this is the best season we’ve had, other than the time we went to provincials (a couple of years ago).”
After an exhibition loss to Camrose, the Spartans defeated Hanna, Stettler and Drumheller in regular season play. Their only regular season loss was to Wetaskiwin, the first place team.
Despite the solid 3-1 record, only two teams in the division made the playoffs.
“The (unfortunate) part was the way we lost out of a playoff spot, pretty much by default. Wetaskiwin was supposed to play Stettler in the final regular season game and I know that they would have beaten Stettler, but they forfeit the game because they knew that they were in the playoffs,” said Grey.
“Stettler then won the game because of default and both of those teams finished ahead of us because of points for.”
According to Grey, the Spartans were a formidable opponent, because of their experienced players.
“I think experience had a lot to do with our success,” said the coach. “We had a few kids who have been with us for two years now and they’ve really improved.
“We also had three or four players who improved so much from last year, that they’ve become new players. We also had a few kids who played with Chestermere before.
“(Experience) makes a big difference because those kids know what they’re doing and they lead the rest of the kids.”
Spartans win big
Thursday October 28, 2004
The Spartans hosted the Rimbey Spartans on Oct. 23, at the Strathmore high school, winning the game 47-15.
“It was a tight game to start, but we shut them down in the second half,” said Spartans head coach Carl Seafoot. “We went back and fourth in the first half, before we busted out in the second half.
“We made the necessary adjustments and we executed.”
In the initial meeting of the two Spartan squads, earlier this season, Strathmore was victorious and handed the first-year Rimbey team a 53-8 welcome to the Big Sky League. Rimbey came to town hoping to capture their first victory of the year, but was again denied a win by the hometown Spartans.
The Strathmore defense struck first, scoring on a punt return. Kyle Bartoshewski broke loose from the Rimbey coverage and ran down the sidelines into the end zone for the first score of the game. The teams swapped touchdown scoring drives through the first half, with the score at the halftime buzzer being 20-15.
Returning to the second half with a few adjustments and a heightened intensity, the Strathmore team came out and shutdown the Rimbey offence and posted 27 unanswered points.
On the final play of the game, Dustyn Johnson recovered a Rimbey fumble in the end zone, to score another major for the defense.
Quarterback Tommy MacDonnell tossed the ball 14 times, with one reception for 45 yards, scoring a touchdown and also tossing three interceptions.
MacDonnell also added two short yardage touchdowns, following excellent rushes by the backfield runners.
The O-line kept the pressure off of MacDonnell and only allowed one sack to be recorded.
The single 45-yard reception was caught by Danny Warrack, playing slotback, who took it in for a major. Warrack also kicked four converts on six attempts, missed one field goal attempt, but pushed it through the end zone for a single point.
Warrack, who was moved to running back in the third quarter to relieve the injured Scott Smith, added 39 yards on three carries.
Smith, while in at running back, had eight carries for 67 yards and scored one touchdown, while only playing two quarters before re-injuring an ailing elbow. Running back Daniel Johnson, burst through the Rimbey defense, carried the ball 15 times for 188 yards and scored a touchdown.
The Strathmore defense had a great game, scoring the first and last major of the game.
The complete defensive squad played very well, with Curtis Silbernagel, Johnson, Safety Stephon Hebert, Luis Plata, Jaiman Chin, and Phillippe Camden having excellent performances.
The team happily greeted defensive end Brandon Williamson (#38), to the sidelines, who had spent a week in the Children’s Hospital in Calgary recovering from injury suffered in the game Oct. 16 against Drumheller.
Special thanks, from the Strathmore Footballers, goes to the Strathmore Golf Club maintenance crew for their great job of clearing the snow from the football field Friday night, in preparation for the Saturday game.
Following a Big Sky league meeting Sunday, a new playoff picture was put together. The original playoff structure was forced to be modified, when Drumheller’s school population pushed them up from a Tier 4 into the Tier 3 level.
The Tier 3 playoffs will see Strathmore playing Drumheller a quarter-final on Oct. 26 in Drumheller (results not available at press time). The winner of that game will then play a semi-final game against Holy Trinity on Saturday in Okotoks.