Season ends for CHS football team

Phil Ambroziak

Another season has come to a close for the Carpenter High School football Spartans.
Meadow Lake was defeated 61-19 by the Melfort Mustangs in a Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association (SHSAA) 3A Nine-Man provincial playoff game. The action took place in Melfort Nov. 1.

“Melfort is a really good team – they’re solid throughout, they’re big, they’re fast and they hit hard,” noted Spartans head coach Craig Paylor. “We knew we’d have to play very good if we wanted to compete with them.”

The loss eliminates Meadow Lake from further competition this year and advances Melfort in the SHSAA semi-final playoff bracket.

Meadow Lake ended its 2014 campaign with a record of 4-4 and, in spite of their recent elimination, Paylor said he has no regrets with the effort put forth by his players.

“It was only 14-7 for Melfort after the first quarter,” he said. “Riley Pethick scored on a big pass, but their defence really came prepared to stop the run. They basically dominated the line of scrimmage.”

The game was 28-7 in favour of Melfort at the half. Shortly after the third quarter began is when Paylor said the Spartans really had the wind knocked out of their sails.

“They just took it to us in the second half,” he said. “We did manage to score a few and our guys showed a lot of heart. They didn’t quit, but we were beaten by a better team.”

Spartans Grade 12 player Aaron Varjassy agreed.

“In the end it was a tough game,” Varjassy said. “We didn’t come away with the result we wanted, but we still played hard and had a good game.”

Saturday’s game marked Varjassy’s last with CHS.

“I’d like to continue to play either at the junior level or in university, but I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with my future,” he said.


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