After two weeks of training and an exhibition game at Ponoka, the H. J. Cody Lakers football squad started their season last Thursday in Wetaskiwin against the Sabres.
“We could have won that game. We made too many mistakes at key points,” said head coach Jeremy Braitenback. The Lakers lost 28-27.
“Being the first game of the year, it was a good one to learn from and not make those mistakes again,” he added.
“Injuries hurt us, we had the lead and couldn’t hold it.” TJ Sloboda didn’t play in the game and Shon Zenert and Tyler Williamson were injured during the game.
Josh Barrie and Trent Kondor were leaders in the game and Brayden Marchesi did very well, Braitenback said. Dylan Keller stood out as a rookie.
Overall, Braitenback is pleased with this year’s team. “They are great guys to work with, co-operative and hard working. Those are the right ingredients for success.”
The team’s first home game goes this afternoon (Thursday) at 4:30 p.m. at the Cody field against Hunting Hills Lightning.