Colts football ready for the Rangeland

Steven Mah
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The Swift Current Comp. Colts football team is ready to kick-off their season in the Rangeland Football Conference Friday night in Medicine Hat against the Medicine Hat High Mohawks. After 11 years in the Moose Jaw League the Colts have returned to the Rangeland Conference and have high expectations for the campaign.

Last Friday the Colts got their first taste of their new league and came out on top of an exhibition game 24-14 over Crescent Heights.

The Swift Current Comp. Colts football team is ready to kick-off their season in the Rangeland Football Conference Friday night in Medicine Hat against the Medicine Hat High Mohawks. After 11 years in the Moose Jaw League the Colts have returned to the Rangeland Conference and have high expectations for the campaign.

Last Friday the Colts got their first taste of their new league and came out on top of an exhibition game 24-14 over Crescent Heights.

Conrad Flaterud opened the second quarter with a field goal to open a 3-0 lead but Crescent Heights quickly responded with a 70-yard touchdown run.

Grade 12 running back Keifer Francis staked the Colts to a 10-7 lead with a kickoff return to open the second half but once again Crescent Heights quickly responded with a long rushing major.

Early in the fourth quarter grade 11 running back Cole Bablitz plunged into the end zone on third and goal from the one-yard line to put the Colts up 17-14. After the Colts defense held their ground Francis sealed the win with a 40-yard run to make it a 24-14 final.

Colts head coach Derek Murdoch said the Colts were understandably nervous to begin the game.

"I think that we were really really nervous to start the game. You could tell in the warm-up that the guys were a little tight and the guys weren't sure what to expect. We had a good chat at half time and everybody took a deep breath and realized that they we didn't play real well but we were only down 7-3. Our guys found a bit of a comfort level and realized that they were still in a good football game."

Murdoch believes that the win is very important even if it came in an exhibition game.

"I think it is huge because we didn't know a whole lot about Crescent Heights they had never seen the offense they ran, it was something else. I have never coached a game against an offense like that that had a lot of confusion and misdirection and traffic in the backfield that forced the guys to fight through it and try and find the football. I think that playing at night they were nervous and there was a pretty good crowd. Getting that first one out of the way is pretty big for us."

Playing underneath the 'Friday night lights' is a brand new experience for the Colts.

"After the game was over we kind of got together in the end zone and just kind of talked about the experience," said Murdoch. "I told the guys to take a look around and enjoy it, it was a beautiful night and the lights were on, there were a lot of people there and it was really exciting. We didn't play perfect but it was as close to a perfect start as we could have had."

The Colts will make their home debut on September 12th against the Medicine Hat McCoy High School Colts at 4 p.m. at Colts Field.

smah@swbooster.com

Organizations: Moose Jaw League, Medicine Hat McCoy High School Colts

Geographic location: Crescent Heights, Swift Current, Medicine Hat

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