CHS Spartans drop home opener 32-0

Head referee Curtis Paylor calls for the kickoff during the CHS Spartans’ home opener Sept. 18 in Lions Park.

Head referee Curtis Paylor calls for the kickoff during the CHS Spartans’ home opener Sept. 18 in Lions Park.

by Phil Ambroziak

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it’s also going to take time to fully develop the 2015 Carpenter High School Spartans football team.

That’s how Spartans head coach Sam Dawson feels, further describing this year’s season as a rebuilding year for the squad which is 0-2 heading into this Friday’s (Sept. 25) home game against Martensville.

“Most of our players this year are Grades 9 and 10 students, so what we’re doing is building a better team for the future,” Dawson explained following a recent practice session. “It’s actually been described as a reloading year and that’s really how we like to look at things. Our guys are hungry, young and determined, and they’re not going to quit.”

Last Friday (Sept. 18), the Spartans lost their home opener to John Paul II Collegiate from North Battleford by a score of 32-0. This was the same result a week prior when CHS travelled to Kindersley to take on the Kobras in their first game of the season. This time, however, Dawson said the circumstances surrounding the defeat were completely different than before.

“Our home opener was obviously a big one for us – we had a big crowd come out, which was impressive, and the boys really felt that support,” Dawson said. “But, we were immediately put on our heels when they (JPII) scored a touchdown on their first play. That was a surprise, but last week’s loss wasn’t because we weren’t prepared.”

In spite of this, Dawson said the team did try some new things offensively, admitting there was still some miscommunication in terms of blocking schemes.

“That will improve with time,” he stated. “After watching film of Friday’s game, I had the guys out doing some cardio exercises this week. They may be working through pain and through the cold, but they’re still coming out and pushing hard.”

As for Martensville, Dawson said the Spartans are ready to earn their first win of the season against the team that, last year, defeated the CHS squad.

“We want to one-up them this year,” he said.

Tyrell Dyck, one of four CHS team captains this year, agreed, adding it would be nice to finally put some points on the board.

“It’s also been great to see us come together as a team without having a lot of senior players,” Dyck said. “A lot of our Grade 9 and 10 players are impressive and I believe we’ll definitely do better this week.”

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