Adversity – Bears player Luke Johnson does his best to get through the Stettler Panthers during the semi-final league playoff game Saturday at H.J. Cody School.

Bears triumph over Stettler Panthers in semi-final league playoff win

The Bears played their semi-final league game against the Stettler Panthers Saturday and won 28-8.

The Bears played their semi-final league game against the Stettler Panthers Saturday and won 28-8.

They are now preparing for their final league game against the Red Deer Steelers next Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at H.J. Cody School.

If they win this game they will go to the provincial finals.

Winning their semi-final league game wasn’t necessarily a surprise said the team’s head coach Garnet Rambaut as the Bears played thePanthers two weeks previous and won 34-0.

The Bears are known for being an excellent team with a reputation for winning their games but Rambaut said the Panthers scored pointswhen the Bears had made a mistake in a play.

“Things happen in football games,” Rambaut said. “Mistakes happen, you have to eliminate them or forget about them and go on.”

In the final league game they go against a team that has been undefeated and even though Rambaut said the team doesn’t know muchabout the Steelers he said they are obviously pretty good as they are undefeated.

He said they know some of the team’s tendancies and that they are a high scoring team as they beat their opponents 32-0 last weekendwhich is why Rambaut said he knows the Bears will be in for a real tussle.

“I would like to think it would be a lower scoring game with us coming out on top in the end, but we really don’t know,” Rambaut said. “Allwe can do is prepare for them the way we’ve prepared for every body else and keep practicing and executing what we do, we can’t worryabout what they do.”

He said the skills that the Bears have are a result of a lot of practice and rehearsal as they work on the small drills and develop them intogood habits.

The Bears are a well prepared team who play as a team and that’s what is important.

Going up against the Steelers won’t be easy but Rambaut has confidence in his players abilities to win the game.

But nevertheless he will support his players whether they win or lose as he said if they win he will be very happy and if they lose he will stillbe very proud of them.

“They have had a tremendous season and we’ve played really well over the past two years,” Rambaut said. “I have no complaints at all. Iwould go to war with these guys any day. We’re very proud of them.”

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