Airdrie storm wraps up season with loss to Lions
The Airdrie Storm Bantam Football team lost 57-28 to the Cochrane Cobras Oct. 27 at Shouldice Park in Calgary, ending the teams season with a 0W-2L post-season appearance.
The game was held under foggy skies and cold temperatures, but the weather didn’t stop either team from finding the end zone throughout the matchup.
“I don’t think the scoreboard reflects how we played. Our boys played really hard, we just came out a little flat and we spotted them too many points in the first quarter,” said Head Coach Steve Kemp. “It was tough to overcome.”
The slippery football field was a challenge for both teams, but one the Storm practices for as much as possible.
“A snowy and slick field, we practice for that. It effects your running game, you have to do a bit more choppy run,” said Kemp. “If can work for you and against you, you just have to get used to it.”
Kemp said giving the Lions a lead made it a difficult battle all game due to the Cochrane club’s aggressive defence.
“Their defence challenged our offensive line. They put eight or nine guys in the box against our five,” said Kemp. “We were able to move bodies and make plays though. Their goal was to shut down Jordan Baldwin, but he still made it for four touchdowns.”
After losing to the Bulldogs on the Division I side, the Storm was send down to the Division II semi-finals, but the loss to Cochrane ended its season on Oct. 27
The Storm went 4W-4L on the regular season, something Kemp is proud of.
“That is something that we haven’t accomplished in a very long time. It’s been a while since we have been a 500 team,” said Kemp. “There have been teams in the past that would be beat before they got off the bus with some teams, there was a stigma with teams like the Hilltoppers. This team didn’t care, and went out to play football. It made the season really enjoyable.”