Spartans win season opener

The CHS Spartans football team defeated Kindersley 21-14 in their season opener at Lions Park Sept. 12. Here, Spartans player Aaron Varjassy advances up the field.

The CHS Spartans football team defeated Kindersley 21-14 in their season opener at Lions Park Sept. 12. Here, Spartans player Aaron Varjassy advances up the field.

by Phil Ambroziak

The Carpenter High School (CHS) Spartans football team took the first step toward its goal of another undefeated regular season when the squad downed the visiting Kindersley Kobras in its first game of the season Sept. 12.

The contest took place at Lions Park and saw CHS come out on top by a score of 21-14.

“First and foremost it was important to get the win,” noted Spartans head coach Craig Paylor. “But, at the same time, we found out there’s still work to be done offensively.”

In spite of this, Meadow Lake made it on the board first when veteran player Ryley Pethick scored a touchdown in the first quarter. The subsequent field goal was also a success, giving the Spartans an early 7-0 lead. Kindersley, however, would come back to score a touchdown of their own shortly before half-time. Meanwhile, as the game progressed, Spartans player Aaron Varjassy would score two additional touchdowns.

“Defensively we were good because we only gave up seven points in the first three-and-a-half quarters,” Paylor said. “They had one big drive at the end of the game. What we need to do is become more crisp offensively because we took some risks during some plays that ended up costing us a first down and some yardage.”

This Friday, the Spartans will be in North Battleford to take on John Paul II Collegiate. In an effort to prepare his players for the battle that lies ahead, Paylor said it will be essential to get back to basics during this week’s practice sessions.

“I think we need to get back to a little more of the fundamentals,” he said. “We have so many young guys – many of them new kids – it’s important to focus on the basic skills for a bit.”

Paylor went on to say he’s confident this will lead to even greater success for the team.

“If we stick to what we did right last week and improve where we need to improve, I think it will be a very successful game for us,” he said.

Last year, the Spartans had what Paylor described as their best season in team history when they went undefeated in both the regular season and the playoffs. Meadow Lake’s only loss came in the provincial championship game against Indian Head.

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