High school football teams ready for season openers
After weeks of practice, the George McDougall Mustangs and the Bert Church Chargers are ready to get their 2013 Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) football seasons underway.
The East Lake Athletic Park in Airdrie will play host to the opening game of the season for the Mustangs on Sept. 13, as the Springbank Phoenix will come to town for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff.
“The guys are all really excited about starting the year at home,” Mustangs Head Coach Nolan Rohl said. “They look to be ready for the new season.”
The Mustangs had a chance to get a first-hand look at the Phoenix during the annual RVSA jamboree event in Cochrane on Sept. 6, but Rohl said he and the rest of his coaching staff will only be able to take a little bit from that matchup heading into the regular season opener.
“Things are different in the jamboree than when you play in the regular season,” Rohl said. “Special teams are added into the equation when the season begins, and both teams will have changed things up with their playbooks from the jamboree.”
“We just need to make sure that we stay strong on our passing game, and that we also watch for the blitz from their defence,” he added.
Chargers to open season in Chestermere while the Mustangs will have the chance to start its season in Airdrie, the Bert Church Chargers will travel to Chestermere on Sept. 13 for a 4:30 p.m. clash with the Cowboys.
“There is always a level of excitement and optimism when you go into a season, no matter who and where you are playing,” Chargers Head Coach Andy Kirk said. “You really want to see how you measure up with the rest of the league.”
The Chargers was able to get an early look at the Cowboys during the RVSA jamboree on Sept. 6, though Kirk has been more focused on what his team needs to work on for its season opener.
“It’s important to work on a game plan for the opponents you are facing, but we are so focused on what we need to work on right now that we are spending a smaller portion of our preparation on what Chestermere will do,” Kirk said. “Our main focus has been on skill development, as we want to get our younger guys up to speed here.”