Chargers win first game in two seasons

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It may have taken almost two full seasons, but Josh Joynson has finally got his first win as head coach of the Bert Church Chargers.

“I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much off of one game. Just to put words on it is hard,” Joynson said. “I never thought winning one game would mean so much, but I’m on top of the world and I don’t want to come off.

“Seeing the pure excitement these kids have after winning our first game meant more to me than anything.”

In its final game of the 2017 Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) season, Oct. 21, the Chargers played host to the Bow Valley Bobcats and finally got the result it was hoping for with a 28-14 victory at Ed Eggerer Athletic Park.

Since taking over as head coach, Joynson lead the Chargers to a 1-11 record, and said the long sought after win was a huge step forward.

Joynson became head coach of the Chargers just a few weeks prior to the start of the 2016 RVSA season.

The Chargers did struggle under Joynson his first season, but for the 2017 season Joynson said there was noticeable progression in his team’s play.

“We knew it was a rebuilding year…but these kids bought in to the program and as each game went on you could see the daylight coming,” Joynson said.

The Chargers jumped out to an early lead on the Bobcats, but trailed 14-7 as the game reached halftime.

In the third, things turned around with outstanding play from Grade 12 leaders like Dakota McKay and Reid Bohnet, as the team scored three unanswered touchdowns to take a 28-14 lead.

“My motto is, ‘Be proud of what you do. Be proud of what you put on the field. And, you get what you give.’ We gave and gave and gave and finally got what we gave,” Joynson said.

Although his team finally got a win, the end of the season brings the departure of Joynson’s four Grade 12 leaders McKay, Bohnet, Seth Barriault and Josh Sefcik. Joynson said these four were a big part in the retooling of the program when he took over in 2016.

“We would not be this program without them,” Joynson said. “They never quit on us, never gave up and were proud to be Bert Church Chargers.

“That made my coaching job a whole lot easier and the buying in easier for the team.”

Now that he’s got his first win, Joynson said expectations are on the rise as the team turns its attention to the 2018 RVSA season.

“I told (the team), we’re done rebuilding. We’re moving forward,” Joynson said.

“This year was a rebuild, now we’re moving forward and up.”

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