The Strathmore High School Spartans Football Team started its season off the right way, earning a hard-fought 13-9 win over the Cardston Cougars in the team's home opener.

Head Coach Danny Warrack was happy to see another win, and credited the strong defensive effort as the driving force behind the victory. 

"Our defence played really well, probably the best defensive performance I've seen Spartans football have in my time there. They're really good and we did just enough on offense to get it done."

While the offence did enough to seal the deal, Warrack knows there is room for improvement. Explaining there were several key miscues, Warrack and the Spartans will get back to work ensuring the offence doesn't make potential game-changing mistakes in future games. 

"We had two fumbles inside their 10-yard line. I mean, we could have buried that team a lot earlier than we did. So few things like that. We have to protect the ball a little better. Our offensive line needs some work."

There are some other players coming in this week who were late to join because they're on vacation or school but Warrack said that they should help out a little bit and give some internal competition on the offensive line.

The next game is against Winston Churchill High School from Lethbridge on Friday at 4:30 p.m. in Strathmore and Warrack says that the Spartans will be ready for them. The Spartans never played Winston Churchill High School before, so Warrack isn't too sure what to expect. However, he said in last year's provincial playoffs the Spartans beat the team that beat Winston Churchill, so he's confident the Spartans have what it takes to get it done.

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