Rimbey Spartans take on provincials with high hopes

After finishing the first half of its season with a tier one placement, the Rimbey Spartans has been dominating the competition.

After finishing the first half of its season with a tier one placement, the Rimbey Spartans football team has been dominating the competition in the second, tougher half of the season.

“We’re in the provincials right now,” said Coach Bill Bramfield.

Two weeks ago the team finished in the number one seed after looking to face off against the number 8 seed team. “That was a school out of Jasper,” said Bramfield.

“Jasper didn’t end up coming, they forfeited due to injuries. We basically got a by,” he added.

The Spartans placed first in the tier and Bramfield says the boys were able to hold their own against the other teams. “It worked out pretty well we had a lot of hard games.”

“I would say each week we got a little better, and that’s the key. We’re getting stronger as the season goes on,” he added.

As of Nov. 19 the team was 7-2 in the season with only two losses.

This includes a recent win over a team that previously beat them. The Spartans lost to the opposing team by three points during the first game but won by 26 points after playing them again.

Bramfield says Rimbey has one of the strongest football programs in the province. “We won the last two provincial titles.Those two seasons were perfect seasons.”

This is the ninth year of the program and in the previous eight years the team has been to provincials six times and won three. “We haven’t lost at home since 2011,” said Bramfield.