CANMORE – The Canmore Wolverines football team picked up its second victory of the season on Saturday afternoon (Oct.5) against the Olds Spartans at Millennium Field.
Last year’s provincial championship team has struggled to get things going so far in the first half of this season, but showed what it was capable of with a 64-22 final score.
On the team’s second possession of the game, it scored the matchup's first touchdown. Quarterback, Ian Chartrand linked up with receiver Sam Birch for a 35-yard dash to the endzone.
“We came in and did exactly what we wanted to do in the first half. The offence was fantastic,” said Wolverines head coach Spencer Rose.
Just over a minutes later, the Wolverines doubled its lead. Tait Cassie picked off the Spartans quarterback and ran the ball back for a 30-yard touchdown.
“I watched the guy [Spartan’s receiver] leak out and I just followed him and was able to make the interception,” recalled Cassie. “After I got the ball in my hands, I just thought about getting that touchdown.”
Olds would pull back within seven points midway through the first quarter, but that’s as close as that team would get to the Wolverines.
“They got the first one because our deep coverage wasn’t great today. That is something we will need to work on,” said Cassie.
Before the end of the quarter, Canmore marched 70 yards down the field, in under one minute and Birch capped it off with his second 35-yard touchdown catch of the game.
The Wolverines offence did not slow down in the second quarter. It only got better.
Chartrand mixed up the offence with confidence. Running the ball when the team had to and finding open receivers for big yards at will.
“Our O-line was fantastic today. They showed me that they wanted to play and that gave me the confidence I needed to do what I have to do,” said Chartrand.
The Wolverines led the Spartans 50-6 going into the second half thanks to a pair of touchdowns each for both Eric Kania and Asher McKay.
In the third quarter, Kania scored two more touchdowns including one he intercepted and returned 90 yards.
Olds would go on to add two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
“Our defence had its moments, but we had a few coverage busts, which lead to all three of their touchdowns,” said Rose.
“Overall we played well, but there are still things that we need to do better for the entire game.”
Rose, however, did have praise for both his offensive line and quarterback.
"Once he [Chartrand] knew that he had time and was comfortable in the pocket. He's a good quarterback. He's accurate, so if he gets the protection he'll make the throws."
"Our offensive line did its job today and really grounded out the defence. They opened up holes for our running backs and provided coverage where we needed it."
The Wolverines will face Drumheller on Saturday (Oct. 13) in their last regular season game.
Chartrand is confident his side can use the momentum of this win going forward.
“We are just trying to show to ourselves that we can be a better team and today's game shows that. We have to focus on bringing a consistent level of intensity for the whole game,” said Chartrand.