Renegades optimistic for next season

High Prairie Renegades’ player Brendan Smith falls to the ground near a dropped football during high school football action Oct. 14.
High Prairie Renegades’ player Brendan Smith falls to the ground near a dropped football during high school football action Oct. 14.

Richard Froese
South Peace News
The High Prairie Renegades high school team has wrapped up a winless season in the Mighty Peace Football Conference.

The visiting Renegades were blanked 60-0 by the Whitecourt Cats on Oct. 21 in their final game.

“We had a lot of fun and that’s the important thing,” head coach William Stalenhoef says in his first season at the helm.
“I was definitely hoping for a closer score, but Whitecourt was a much stronger team than they were last year and hard hitting.”

Inexperience in the sport was a challenge for the Renegades.

“Our team was mostly comprised of Grade 10 players and we were playing against teams with mostly Grade 12s who had several years of experience,” Stalenhoef says.

Despite that, he remains optimistic for next year and the future of high school football in High Prairie.

“I am very proud with how they played all season,” Stalenhoef says.
“We will lose only a few Grade 12s next year and will gain bantam talent from the Outlaws.
“It will be great for the future and hopefully we will become a stronger team and win more games.”

High Prairie Renegades’ player Randy Winterburn [Number 8] gets tackled by a Peace River Pioneer player Oct. 14.
High Prairie Renegades’ player Randy Winterburn [Number 8] gets tackled by a Peace River Pioneer player Oct. 14.

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