Renegades fall in opener to Sabres

Richard Froese
South Peace News

The High Prairie Renegades kicked off their fourth high school football season in the Mighty Peace Football Conference.

Looking for their first win in team history, the Renegades lost 32-6 to the strong Sabres in Sexsmith on Sept. 6.

“The team played a tough game and we saw our offence have much better ball control, as well as our defence stopping the Sabres multiple times with no yards gained,” head coach Troy Johnston says.

“The Renegades have come a very long way and are continuing to improve tremendously.

“I really believe this season, if the team continues to work hard and puts in 110 per cent at every practice and game, we will see our first win.”

Sebastien Lamoureux caught a short pass in the end zone for the lone High Prairie points.

On defence, Lezane Okimaw and Tanner Cunningham had fumble recoveries which were great to get the ball back to the Renegades offence, the coach says.

One player was given special mention for virtually playing the whole game.

“I would also like to acknowledge one of our Grade 10 rookies Kadin Kit for iron-manning [playing both ways] the whole game and barely ever coming off the field,” Johnston says.

“This sport is a very tough game and it’s not easy building up a football program quickly.”

More players are being invited for the team, which is open to students at E.W. Pratt or St. Andrew’s School. Registration forms are available at the schools and the team practices Monday and Wednesday.

Upcoming, the Renegades visit the Cats in Whitecourt on Sept. 14 before hosting their fist home game when they host the Valleyview Hillside Cougars on Sept. 20 at 4 p.m.


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