We were able to sit down with the offensive and special teams coach for the Strathmore Spartans, Danny Warrack, over the holidays to take a more in-depth look at the Spartans last season.
The team started the season off winning every game they played.
“It's was a really good year. We set records for points scored and wins this season. We finished 10-1, won our first 10 games and unfortunately, we didn't win the last when it really counted, but the boys gave it a really good effort.”
It was their first playoff game of the season in early November against Holy Trinity Academy that brought their undefeated season to a halt. “The team we actually lost to ended up being provincial runners-up for our tier, so I think if we had got through them, we might have had a good shot at going all the way, but it wasn't meant to be, but it was a really good year.”
Warrack explained that there were many records broken by the players this year, which he hasn’t seen before.
“Some of the most memorable would be that we scored over 60 points twice. And I believe we scored over 50 points five times total. That was pretty memorable. Quarterback Brady Johansen threw for 27 touchdown passes, which I don't think anyone has ever been close to that.”
As with any high school team, there are players that will be moving on to the next chapter in their life after they graduate, and Warrick said they are going to feel that loss next year.
“Some of our really key players are moving on into college, so it'll be a little bit of a rebuilding year for us. A lot of our young players, though, got quite a bit of playing time this year and played in some junior varsity games, so we're hoping to step up.”
Even though it was a heartbreaking end to the season, Warrick said that it was also one of the most enjoyable seasons yet.
“We had good crowds for the most part, especially for the last game of the year, and when we played one of our biggest rivals, Chestermere, earlier in the year, it was quite a rowdy crowd from both schools there.”
Warrack and the rest of the coaching team can’t wait to get back on the field in the fall!