The Strathmore High School Spartans Football Team suffered a big loss last Friday, falling 44-14 to the Cardston Cougars. The loss puts them at 1-1 on the season.

Losing by that big of a margin is never fun, but Head Coach Danny Warrack says there was some positives to take away from the game.

"I thought the offense moved the ball fairly well, the pass game was clicking for the most part, other than a couple of little mistakes. We had our chances, we just didn't finish our drives," he said.

Warrack hopes a loss like this one helps the team grow and improve, especially after their first game where they won 57-0.

"I think it was a good learning experience. This team maybe needed a game where they got their butts whooped a little bit. Kind of humbled everyone somewhat."

Warrack mentioned Cardston runs an impressive program similar to high schools in the USA, so he was expecting a challenge. Even so, he pointed to the Spartans lack of preparation as a big reason why they dropped this game by a wide margin. 

"I thought we could've been a little better. It's pretty obvious our team isn't conditioned well enough, or in good enough shape. They kind of ran us over, especially when they were on offense. They were just bigger, faster, stronger."

While it's true that the Spartans were outplayed last Friday, that doesn't mean every game will be this way. Warrack said this team has good talent, but it will take a lot of work to build themselves up to good teams like the Cougars.

"I think for us to compete with the really good teams we've got a lot of work to do. I'd say right now we're an average team. We can beat the weaker teams quite easily and we can beat the other average teams. But the good teams, we still got some work ahead of us to be able to compete with them." 

The Spartans will have plenty of time to prepare for their next opponent, as they don't play the George Mcdougal High School Mustangs until Sept. 15. After that, they have a tough stretch of games, but Warrack thinks the team can win a couple.

"I think they could (win some of the upcoming games), as long as everyone keeps buying in and keeps showing up, we keep working. Our next game isn't until the 15th of September so we got all this week to practice and part of next week. We have around 7 practices before the next game, so I think that'll help."

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