The Wetaskiwin Warriors were back on the field last week.
“There is so much opportunity to play this great sport which opened its exhibition season on Aug. 24 when your Wetaskiwin Warriors Bantam (Ages 13-15) team took on the Fort McMurray Knights,” said Warriors president Codey Soanes.
Wetaskiwin has a minor football teams is open to players from five to 15.
Although the Warriors took a loss by a score of 36 – 20 the young Warriors team learned a lot about themselves and what it takes to win, said Soanes.
The Wetaskiwin Warriors Atom (ages eight-10) team took on Leduc in Camrose. Since this program has about 40 players in it this squad is split into two teams. The Blue team fought hard but just squeaked out a loss, while the gold team came out firing and came out with a win.
“By all accounts both teams played well and the players and coaches are looking forward to learning and improving the rest of the season,” said Soanes.
On Aug. 25 the Wetaskiwin Warriors Peewee (ages 11-12) team traveled to Millwoods to take on the Millwoods Grizzles. Soanes said the peewee team this year is young and is learning lots.
“On this day they came away with an 18-0 loss, which is not bad as it is only three scores and from what I am told your Warriors peewee team were close to scoring a lot,” said Soanes.
Soanes added that all in all it was a great start to the season.
With their first set of games under their belts, all of the teams, including the Warriors Flag teams (ages five to eight) team are spending this week preparing for their home openers on Sept. 7.
Football Day in Wetaskiwin will feature a Peewee game at 10 a.m., followed by the Bantams at 12:30 p.m., and the Atoms and Flag playing at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
“There is going to be lots of action that day with face painting, silent auction, and so much football action you are not going to know what to do with yourself,” said Soanes.
The other date to circle on calendars to show support for Wetaskiwin’s Warriors is Sept. 6, which is the annual bottle drive. “Please hold onto your September long bottles and give them to a great organization,” said Soanes.
High School Football
The Warriors weren’t the only football teams back on the field.
The Wetaskiwin Composite High School Sabres kicked their season off with a preseason game in Drumheller against the Brooks Buffalos which was the number two ranked Tier 3 team in the province last year.
The game was a hard fought battle with the Sabres dominating the line of scrimmage and the time on the clock, but with the score tied 12-12 and less than two minutes on the clock a face-masking penalty kept the Brooks offence on the field.
After a great play call by the coaches and a great play by the Sabres linebackers the ball was tipped by the Sabres into the hands of a Buffalos player, who, ran it in to the end zone making the score 18-12 with less then a minute on the clock.
The Sabres fought hard to try and tie it up, but in the end came up short.
“Coaches and players are disappointed in the loss, but are looking forward to getting back on the field to prepare for their next game against Sylvan Lake Lakers Sept. 5 in Sylvan Lake,” said Soanes.
Soanes added they would encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the football that is in our community and if anyone has a child that is interested in playing they should contact him at 780-387-1072 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.