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Spartans fall to Drumheller
Thursday October 21, 2004
|The Strathmore Spartans bantam football team didn’t have a chance to carry the ball this weekend, as their game in Ardrossan was cancelled. However, the high school team suffered a 42-12 defeat in Drumheller.
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Strathmore Standard — The Strathmore high school football team fell to 2-5 on the season, after suffering a 42-12 defeat at the hands of the Drumheller Titans on Oct. 16.
The Spartans traveled to dinosaur country for the second meeting of these two teams this year. Unfortunately, the Titans were hungrier than the Spartans and handed the Strathmore squad their fifth loss of the season.
“(After watching video from the first game), we practiced some special defensive plays for their double-wing offence and we figured that would shut them down, but it didn’t do it,” said Spartans head coach Carl Seafoot. “I don’t think that they’re unbeatable, but they’re playing well right now and you can’t take that away from them.”
The Titans struck first, second, and third, scoring majors on their first three possessions in the first half. The Spartans defense fought the Drumheller offensive march, but the Titans squad pushed onward to score the three unanswered touchdowns. The Strathmore offensive squad was moving the ball, but failed to put the plays together, to put the ball into the end zone. In the second half, the teams played a matched game, with both teams scoring 14 points.
Quarterback Tommy MacDonnell tossed the ball six times, with three receptions for 56 yards and one interception. The offensive-line held strong with no sacks being recorded for the Titans.
In passing, slotbacks Josh Lord and AJ St. Laurent caught the passes, but no majors were scored through the air.
Team rushing yardage was tallied at 179 yards. Daniel Johnson and Danny Warrack, working out of the backfield, rushed for 180 yards, with Johnson and Warrack both scoring touchdowns. Warrack was also two for two on point after attempts.
On the defense, Luis Plata lead the team in tackles with five solos and six assists, while Dustyn Johnson had two solos and 10 assists.
Curtis Silbernagel added two solos and nine assists and blocked a Titan point after attempt. Halfback Stephon Hebert added an interception in the defensive squad effort.
The Spartans will now host Rimbey in the final regular season game this Saturday, Oct. 23. Game time is tentatively set for 3 p.m.
In bantam football news, the Spartans were scheduled to face Androssan in an exhibition game this past weekend.
However, because of the poor weather, the game was called off.
“The game was cancelled because of the snow,” said Spartans head coach Ryan Grey. “We were just about to Airdire and we got a call to say that there was three inches of snow.”
Not only was the Spartans exhibition game cancelled, but a couple of regular season games were also nixed. The Spartans playoff fate was to be determined between a game featuring Wetaskiwin and Stettler. That game was moved to Oct. 19 (result unavailable as of press time). Depending on the outcome of the game, the Spartans will head up north to face the unknown division champion this weekend or will not qualify for the post season.
Spartans shut down Drumheller
Strathmore Spartans bantam team defeats Drumheller after strong second half
Thursday October 14, 2004
|Derek Lord of the Strathmore Spartans bantam football team is surrounded by three Drumheller players Oct. 9, as the Spartans defeated Drumheller 44-18 at the Strathmore high school. After trailing 12-6 at halftime, the Spartans scored 38 points in the second half.
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Strathmore Standard — The Strathmore Spartans bantam football team improved to 3-2 on the season after a come-from-behind win over Drumheller on Oct. 9, at the Strathmore high school.
After trailing 12-6 at halftime, the Spartans high-powered offence, led by Derek Lord’s two touchdowns, took down Drumheller 44-18.
“It was a good game,” said Spartans head coach Ryan Grey. “It was close in the first half and we played hard.
“They only really beat us on a few weak plays...a couple of sweeps outside, so we shut them down for most of the game.
“It was a good win for us because we’ve been working hard in practice and they’re playing really hard.”
According to Grey, once the Spartans were able to contain the Drumheller running play, the game tilted in their favour.
“We told them that they had to play hard (at halftime),” said Grey. “We adjusted to their run and once we did that, our offence picked up. Our running back, Derek Lord, was playing both (offence and defence) in the first half. In the second half he only played offence and he ran all over them.”
The Spartans will now head to Androssan this coming weekend for their final league game. Playoffs will start on Oct. 23.
Spartans take charge
Thursday October 14, 2004
|The Strathmore Spartans high school football team (dark uniforms) and the Hanna Hawks did battle at the Strathmore high school on Oct. 9. The Spartans pulled out a 18-6 victory.
Mario Prusina Photo
Strathmore Standard — After a pair of losses, the Strathmore Spartans high school football team got back in the winning column this past weekend, when they hosted the Hanna Hawks at the high school.
‘Win’ was the word of the day for the Strathmore players, who were ravenous for a win following some close losses. The Spartans achieved their goal with an 18-6 win over the Hawks.
In another tight one, the two teams played matched football through the first half. The half closed with the Strathmore squad leading 3-0. The game continued close with Strathmore holding a five-point lead into the fourth quarter. The Hanna squad drove down to the Strathmore goal line, where a fumble, returned ball control to the Spartans. The Strathmore squad marched back down the field, recovered an on-side punt, and pushed on to score a touchdown to open it up.
Now up by 12 late in the game, Strathmore’s defense continued their excellent play and shut down the Hawks again deep in Strathmore’s end. The offence regained the ball and ran the clock out for the victory.
Quarterback Tommy MacDonnell tossed the ball 17 times, with five receptions for 135 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.
The O-line held strong with no sacks being recorded for the Hawks. In passing, Slotbacks Josh Lord (75 yards) and AJ St. Laurent (60 yards) caught the passes, with Lord scoring a major.
Total rushing yardage was recorded at 151 yards, with Danny Warrack working out of the backfield and rushing for 50 yards and a touchdown. Scott Smith added another 55 yards.
Warrack was also one for two on point after attempts, and pushed a field goal through the uprights to start the scoring.
On the defense, Irving Plata lead in the tackles with one solo and eight assists, while Luis Plata had one solo and six assists, one fumble recovery and one interception. In total, the Strathmore D-squad, with Dustyn Johnson adding another fumble recovery, made three turnovers.
The Spartans will now travel to Drumheller on Oct. 16.
Spartans fight hard versus Olds
Strathmore Spartans high school football team loses close battle with Olds in rematch
Thursday October 07, 2004
|Danny Warrack and the rest of the Strathmore Spartans high school football team had a good showing against Olds at the high school on Oct. 8. However, the Spartans fell to 1-4 on the season after losing 34-29.
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Strathmore Standard — The Strathmore Spartans high school football team had revenge on their mind as they hosted Olds on Oct. 2 at the high school.
After being thumped 42-12 by Olds the week before, the Spartans played a spirited game in front of the hometown crowd, giving the Olds team everything they had.
However, the Spartans lost a 34-29 heartbreaker, dropping their record to 1-4 on the season.
“It was a really good game, even though we lost,” said head coach Carl Seafoot. “We had a couple of short falls on our side…nothing major. Talking to the Olds coach after the game, we definitely put ourselves up in his eyes. It was a good game both ways, but we didn’t get an outside run.
“A few adjustments here and there and hopefully we can overcome that. We moved the ball well and it’s not like we didn’t have an opportunity to win.”
The two teams again played balanced football through the first half. The half closed with the Strathmore squad leading 16-14. The game was kept close with Olds holding an 11-point lead by the fourth quarter. The Strathmore squad rebounded with a touchdown to tighten it up, but on the following kickoff, the Olds return squad struck with a touchdown of their own. Down by 11 late in the game, Strathmore struck for another major, and then regained the ball within striking distance with under a minute to play.
With just seconds left in the game, attempts to air the ball into the end zone were shutdown by the Olds defensive squad. As often in a tight game, turnovers are the deciding factor; Olds had three while Strathmore suffered five. Quarterback Tommy MacDonnell tossed the ball 17 times with eight receptions for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Running backs Scott Smith and Daniel Johnson had great games; Smith rushed 122 yards with two touchdowns, and Johnson gave the offence good field position running for 162 yards.
Slotback Kevin Fearon and wide receiver AJ St. Laurent caught passes for majors. Danny Warrack was two for four on point after attempts, and pushed one of three field goal attempts through the uprights. Warrack also had 66 yards in receptions from the slotback position.
On the Defense, middle line backer Dustyn Johnson lead in the tackles with four solos and six assists and defensive tackle Curtis Silbernagel added two solos and eight assists.
Luis Plata had one solo and five assists, one quarterback sack and one interception. The three turnovers for the Strathmore D-Squad were made by Luis Plata with an interception, while Jesse MacDonnell and Jaiman Chin gathered up a fumble each. The Spartans will now host the Hanna Hawks this weekend (Oct. 9) at the high school. Game time is set for 3 p.m.
In other football news, the Strathmore Spartans bantam football team improved to 2-2 on the season after winning a forfeited game in Stettler on Oct. 2.
The home team didn’t field any referees, automatically losing the game. The two teams managed to have a fun scrimmage according to head coach Ryan Grey.
The Spartans will return home this Saturday (Oct. 9) at the Strathmore high school, when they host Drumheller at 1 p.m.
Spartans suffer loss
High school Spartans lose 42-12 to Olds
Thursday September 30, 2004
|The Strathmore Spartans high school football team is looking for revenge this weekend when they take on the Olds Spartans at the high school. Game time is set for 1p.m.
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Strathmore Standard — The Strathmore Spartans high school football team was looking to climb to the .500 mark this past weekend when they traveled to Olds on Sept. 25.
However, 21 straight points by the Olds Spartans proved to be too much for Strathmore, en route to a 42-12 loss.
After a 7-7 deadlock at half time, Olds went to work on the offence, dropping the local Spartans to 1-3 on the season.
“Things didn’t go as well as we planned,” said Spartans head coach Carl Seafoot. “We fell back in our performance level. After the game in Rimby we thought our game was too well fixed or something.
“After the first half it was anybody’s game…nobody was doing anything spectacular. We had some good offensive plays running then we’d fall apart for a play.
“We just couldn’t keep the consistency going. We had a few good plays, then we’d crash.”
Olds opened up the game in the second half, after returning a kick for a touchdown.
That sparked 21 unanswered points.
“The third quarter was the turning point…they got three touchdowns and one of them was a kickoff return that deflated everything,” said the coach. “Once they got that momentum, they didn’t let it go.”
Quarterback Danny Warrack tossed the ball five of 20 times for 112 yards and one touchdown. He also was two for two on point after attempts, and rushed for 50 yards.
Running back Daniel Johnson had troubles with the Olds defensive rush only attaining 53 yards in the game.
Justin Vogelaar caught the one touchdown pass plus another for total receptions of 47 yards.
Defensively, middle linebacker Dolan Sullivan stacked up three solos and three assists, offensive line backer Luis Plata added one solo and six assists, and defensive end Brandon Williamson notched three solos and two assists.
Fumble recoveries by Dolan Sullivan, Luis Plata, and Curtis Silbernagel gave the offence some extra chances. On the special teams, Josh Lord returned seven kickoffs for 114 yards.
The Strathmore Spartans will look for some revenge this coming weekend when they host the Olds Spartans on Oct. 2 at the Strathmore high school. Game time is set for 1 p.m.