The Stettler Wildcats dominant play this season continued with their home opener against the Lindsay Thurber Raiders on Sept. 23.
Squaring off against the Raiders for the first time in years due to a realignment of the high school football league in the off season, thanks to 38 yards picked up early by Kyle Dennis the Wildcats were able to keep the Raiders hemmed into their own zone and jumped out to an early 6-0 lead.
The Raiders did not help their cause any, drawing several penalties losing 30 yards in the first-quarter alone.
Settler’s domination on the field continued into the second quarter. Starting the quarter with a score of 17-0, several more touchdowns were run along with accompanying conversions by kicker Callum Levers. The Wildcats ended the half with a lead of 49-0.
After a short intermission at half time, where a school band played, the teams retook the field.
Starting the second half, it almost seemed as if the winds of fate had shifted against the Wildcats. The team managed to draw several penalties and the Raiders did an admirable job of keeping the team hemmed into their own zone during the third quarter.
However, the Wildcats defence proved up to the task, managing to hold the Raiders to just a single point.
Late in the third quarter and heading into the fourth, the Wildcats managed to break out of their own zone thanks to a 41 yard drive by Dennis, who then scored a touchdown followed by a conversion by Levers making the score 56-1.
By the time the dust settled at the end of the fourth quarter, the final score was 63-1 for Stettler.
“We weren’t sure what to expect, we haven’t played Lindsay Thurber in seven years,” said head coach Norbert Baharally.
“We wanted to show them that a small town school can compete against a big city school. We wanted to play well against them. Our guys came out. We were firing on all cylinders. Everybody got onto the field and contributed to this win.”
The next game for the Wildcats is Sept. 29 against the Huntington Hills Lightning in Red Deer.
With this win, the Wildcats remain undefeated so far this season.