Sunday, August 30, 2015

Senior Mustangs win two exhibition games at home

Chris Davis

Pincher Creek's Senior Mustangs hosted High River's Highwood Mustangs for a pre-season exhibition football game at Matthew Halton field on Friday afternoon August 28.  Pincher Creek rolled to an easy 52-0 win, their second exhibition win in a row to start their year after defeating Eagle Butte's McCoy Colts 18-7 last week.  Last year Pincher's Mustangs defeated the Colts 18-17 during an exhibition game in Medicine Hat.  Last year's away exhibition game against Highwood resulted in a 13-0 win for Pincher Creek.

Just a note here, the Bantam Mustangs could really use some more members.  There were only 9 of them at last count.  Talk to a coach or one of the many fine volunteer parents out there, they can guide you in the right direction.

Some video highlights of Pincher Creek vs Highwood

Pincher Creek reeled in their game against Highwood a fair bit in the second half, trying new things, giving new team members more on-field time, and trying not to run up the score.  Highwood played their hearts out, as they always do. Every year win or lose they bring energy and class to the field. This was the first of two games between the two teams, the next one to be held in High River on September 19 (noon kickoff).  Bragging rights are awarded to the aggregate point winner of the two games, which is becoming something of a tradition.

Smoke from fires to the south and west of us made for a smoggy field, but blue sky peeked out for the first time in days.  It was just like a football miracle.

August 28th's game was the last for CoachTom Holoboff, who was head Peewee coach for a number of years (and a regular Peewee Mustangs columnist for this and other area publications.  He was also the pre-season Defence Coordinator for the Senior Mustangs.  He's moved away now, but his era here will be very fondly remembered as a great one, and he was suitably sent off with a bucket of ice being dumped on his head at the conclusion of the game.

Pincher Creek's #18 Logan Kaack had a great game against Highwood, including several touchdowns

Logan Kaack interception and major yardage touchdown vs Highwood:
Pincher Head Coach Wayne Alexander was directing plays from up the hill on the south end of the field, as he usually does.  Further up the hill were a couple of scouts from a rival team, checking out the competition in advance of the regular season, as they usually do.  Senior High School Football is an earnest endeavour.  Coach Alexander has been with the Mustangs for 5  years, 3 of them as head coach. He's been on a few scouting missions of his own.  He's got 25 years of football coaching experience and 43 years of total coaching experience, including basketball, soccer, and football.  He's wily, and he loves to explain the game.  He told me his popular football fundamentals course would be running again in the forseeable future.  It's highly recommended for parents, fans, and journalists who want a better understanding of the game.  Stay tuned.

Pincher Creek's #35 Ben Riviere retains possession in game against Highwood
The Senior Mustangs have been practicing for two weeks, 4 days a week, two practices a day.  "We knew we had to get those early practices in," said Alexander.  "We had a really good turnout, 20, pretty much all the time."   He said he likes the commitment the players are demonstrating. "They played their first game last week, but they looked a little bit lethargic on the offensive side." He said that the players were a little uneasy about where to stand, and different formations. "This week we ran the best week of practices that I think I have ever been involved with in all the years I have been coaching.  We had enough guys that we could run two complete huddles up and down the field."

Highwood's Jeff Speelman faces down Pincher Creek's Beau Walter and Jessie Saulnier

24 out of 30 registered Senior Mustangs dressed for the game against Highwood.  Some of the athletes aren't back from summer vacation yet.

Coach Alexander said he is enjoying that there are enough athletes to offer breaks and time off the field, with more than one person trained for for various positions. "We can keep the intensity up. I think we look pretty solid. Our defense scored a touchdown today. Our offense got a bunch, our special teams put the point afters in. What more can you ask for? We won the three areas of football, which is offense, defense and special teams. I can't complain too much."

"It's gelling and this is August. We've got two games under our belt."

The Mustangs have 5 exhibition games scheduled before the regular season begins (see below for schedule).

Highwood's #7 Jason Day giving Pincher a run for their money
"Teams in our division like to play teams outside," said Alexander, explaining  the division plays for a league championship trophy, "But we also play for a banner and the banner gives the team that wins the division the chance to play in Provincials. This year, I'd like to do that."  Pincher Creek has never made it to the Provincials.

"This is a tough division."

Coach Alexander said he has a lot of respect for the Taber and Claresholm teams, which the Mustangs will face in regular season. "Those are two very good programs.  In the past four years, Claresholm had the trophy for two years, and we had it for two, and they have been the ones that have gone on to the banner, all those years."

21 of the Senior Mustangs are returning athletes from last year.  12 of those are grade 12 students, playing their last season for Pincher Creek.

Mustangs alumnus Cord Delinte of the Okanagan Sun

Cord Delinte
(photo: Okanagan Sun website)
Coach Alexander also spoke of Pincher Creek Mustangs alumni Cord Delinte, who has started his third season wearing #31 for the Okanagan Sun, a Canadian Junior Football team, and Mustangs/Sun alumnus Stephen Hochstein.

"Cord is the starting strongside defensive halfback. Which means he's on the wide side of the field, with a lot of responsibility to cover, from the hashmarks all the way to the sidelines. The first two games (of this season) I watched online. The first play of the first two teams they played against ran right at him. He laid them out both times. They went to him one more time in each half for those two teams. He could be getting even more tackles but it seems to me that teams are running away from strong side because he is just doing a great job. He was defensive player of the week for the Okanagan Sun two weeks ago. He starts every game. His coaches are excited about him. He's happy, life is good for him now and I'm really proud of him."

"Stephen Hochstein who was there is back now in Pincher Creek, and it's so nice to see guys like himself, or Braden Barber who is going away to University helping out as much as they possibly can. That's the giving back aspect of football, and it's wonderful to see." 

Related link: Okanagan Sun website

Look out, we've got more Mustangs coming up.


#10 Shay Robertson QB/TE-S/DHB

#12 Kyle Knowlton QB-C/S

#13 Beau Walter SLB-C
#17 Merrick Stauffer FB-DHB
#18 Logan Kaack SLB-LB/DHB
#20 Tyler Riviere SLB-LB
#22 Bruce Kirby SLB/R-C/S/DHB
#27 Tyson Malhi FB-C
#28 Levi Root FB-DHB
#30 Jesse Saulnier SLB-C/S
#31 Hayden Varley FB-DHB
#32 Brenden Lissel SLB-DHB/C
#33 Shane Parker SLB-DHB/S
#35 Ben Riviere FB-LB
#36 TJ Metcalfe FB-DHB/C
#39 Troy Pittman FB/OL-DL/LB
#44 Cooper Hagley OL/Center-DL/LB
#46 John Walker Center-NG
#55 Colton Teneycke OL/Center-DL
#56 Connor McLeod OL-DL
#57 Bryce Crawford OL-DL/LB
#65 Noah Assoon OL-DL
#66 Jaeger Hann SLB-C
#67 Tyler Scherger OL-DL
#80 Jeremiah Peacemaker TE-DE
#81 Matthew Duncan TE-DE/LB
#85 Tyran Holloway TE-DE/DHB
#87 Brendan Giesbrecht TE-C
#88 Liam Van Ee SLB-C-Kicker
#90 Austin Bruder OL/TE-DL
Wayne Alexander: Head Coach, O Coordinator, QBs/RBs/Rs/DBs/Special Teams
Dan Crawford: Game Day Manager, O Coach
Chris Ney: D Coordinator Regular Season
Tom Holoboff: D Coordinator Pre-Season
Alex Oliver: Linemen/Kickoff Returns
Travis Liscombe: O-Line
Todd Merrick: Kicking Coach: Kickoffs/Field Goals/Point after TD
Stephen Hochstein: Linebackers
Braden Barber - Spring Camp/Pre-Season (DBs)


2015 Senior Mustangs Schedule:
  • Saturday August 22: Exhibition vs McCoy Colts @ Halton Field,  Score: Pincher Creek wins 18-7
  • Friday August 28: Exhibition vs High River Mustangs @ Halton Field, Score: Pincher Creek wins 
  • Thursday September 3: Exhibition vs Canmore Wolverines @ Halton Field, Pincher Creek, 5 pm kickoff
  • Friday September 11: Exhibition vs Cochrane Bobcats in Cochrane, 4 pm kickoff
  • Saturday September 19: Exhibition vs High River Mustangs in High River, Noon kickoff
  • Friday September 25: SAHSFL game vs Taber Rebels @ Halton Field, Pincher Creek, 4:30 pm kickoff - first regular season game
  • Friday October 2: SAHSFL game vs Claresholm Cobras @ Claresholm, 7:00 pm kickoff
  • Thursday October 8: SAHSFL game vs Chinook Coyotes @ Halton Field, Pincher Creek, 4:30 pm kickoff
  • Tuesday October 20: Exhibition vs Chestermere Cowboys in Chestermere, 5 pm kickoff
Tentative playoff games determined at season end:
  • Friday October 29 SAHSFL Playoff
  • Saturday November 14 Provincial Quarterfinal
  • Saturday November 21 Provincial Semi-Final
  • Friday/Saturday November 27/28 Provincial Championships

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