Storm start off on losing note
The opening game of the Calgary PeeWee Football Association season (CPFA) was a learning experience for the Airdrie Storm.
The Airdrie Storm, which is made up of players aged 10 to 12, came out on the losing end of a 58-8 decision to the Cochrane Lions on Aug. 29 at Shouldice Park in Calgary.
“We were up against a bigger team, that’s for sure,” Head Coach Nolan Rohl said. “This was the first time that a lot of our players were taking to the field, so they were getting used to the game speed and the timing of things.”
“That’s something that you are actually seeing in all of the minor football leagues around Airdrie, as there are a number of new players that are just getting used to the game,” he added.
Even though the game was lopsided in favour of the Lions, Rohl was very impressed by the Storm’s play in the special teams department, especially from punter Alex Thorpe.
“At the peewee level it’s usually hard to get someone who can punt the ball far enough at that age,” he explained. “We have a player in Alex who is able to punt the ball 20 yards past the line of scrimmage, which is going to be a key for us.”
The Storm will be looking to pick up their first win of the season on Sept. 8 at 2:30 p.m., when they will return to Shouldice Park for a contest against the Calgary PeeWee Stampeders.
“We’ve strengthened our defence by moving some key bodies over, and we’re also strengthening our passing game on offence,” Rohl said. “Having a good passing game is difficult to do at that level as sometimes a quarterback might not have the arm strength at that age.”
“But we have a player in Josh Seaman, who has the arm strength, and that should allow us to hold the blitz off from the other’s defence,” he added.
The Airdrie Storm Atom football team, which is made up of players aged eight to 10, will also be taking to the field for its first game of the season at Shouldice Park on Sept. 8 as the team will take on the Calgary White Stampeders at 12:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Airdrie Northern Raiders bantam team suffered its second loss of the season on Aug. 31 as they were shutout 52-0 by the Cochrane Lions.