Sylvan Lake Bears peewee football team enjoyed another successful outing Saturday, defeating Olds 14-0 to make it two wins out of three games played so far this season.
Head coach Garnet Rambaut was pleased with the way his team controlled play throughout the entire game, and felt the win did much to boost team morale.
“(Olds) did have a little success against us in sporadic plays, but for the most part, we were able to sustain some drives,” he said.
The Bears were the author of their own misfortune on a couple of occasions, he added.
“We got down to the one-yard line and weren’t able to punch it in, and we probably could have scored at least two more touchdowns, but for the most part I was really pleased with them.”
Rambaut said confidence among his players is high, but falls short of complacency.
“Things change so quickly at this level,” he said. “We work (the players) very hard, and even at half time when we were talking with our guys in the end zone, we stressed that this game was far from over.
“It can change so quickly, and there’s always an area of the game that needs improvement.”
Keeping that in mind, Rambaut is optimistic about his team’s chances of achieving further success this season as his roster continues to grow.
Two more players joined the team this week. One of them has experience with another team from out of town.
“That’s certainly going to make a difference for us,” said Rambaut. “We’ve had an extra week with a couple of newer people, and they’re really coming into their own.
“They’re improving every day at practice.”
Having more players available is necessary to cover the inevitable injuries and illnesses that arrive at this part of the season, he added. Being prepared and staying in good condition is highly important.
“The basic skills will come to the fore as the weather gets colder and the ground gets harder, so the physical and mental toughness to make it through to the end of the season increases,” he said. “It’s a good test for them and a good test for us as coaches.”
The Bears take on Red Deer Hornets at H. J. Cody field at 10 a.m. Saturday