by Phil Ambroziak
Cold weather may have played a factor in the Oct. 2 football game between the CHS Spartans and the Warman High School Wolverines, but in order to be the best you need to exhibit a will to win.
That’s how Spartans head coach Craig Paylor feels following his team’s second straight loss in as many weeks. Warman defeated Carpenter High 46-31 in Thursday’s outing, a game that took place at Lions Park in Meadow Lake.
“It was much the same as the previous week,” Paylor explained. “In that game, we were down 13-6 to Delisle after two quarters. This time we were down 20-17 at the half. We can play with any team in the league, but Warman just wanted it more. They came here to win and they did.”
All of CHS’ touchdowns were scored by the tandem of Aaron Varjassy and Ryley Pethick. In the third quarter, however, Warman was able to score three touchdowns to Meadow Lake’s one.
“We played good in the first half, but we didn’t stick with our intensity going into the second half and couldn’t stop them,” Pethick said. “We also had a couple injuries with key players and had to put younger guys in with less experience.”
Paylor, meanwhile, did note the weather also had an impact on the action.
“They (Warman) did have the wind advantage, which played a key role,” Paylor continued. “The cold, windy and sometimes snowy weather did have an effect on the game. It became more about running and less about passing – most of the offence became one dimensional for both teams.”
Although the Spartans were able to secure a couple more touchdowns in the fourth, Paylor said things began to fall apart again near the end resulting in the decisive Warman victory. The loss leaves Meadow Lake with a 2-2 record heading into this Thursday’s game in Martensville.
“This week’s game will be an important one because we’re both going into it with 2-2 records,” Paylor said. “It will be a battle for third place. You don’t want to end up fourth because, come playoffs, the fourth-place team always plays the first-place team. We just need to get better, get focused and have more determination. If we can do that, we should come away with a win.”