Staff reporter with info courtesy Joni Pitzel
While their first season in the Western Alberta Six-Man Football League may have been a bit of a rough ride for the Buck Mountain Central Mustangs, they’re more than making up for it this season.
With a firm grip on first place after peeling off four wins in a row with no losses, the Mustangs have turned the corner after defeating Rimbey, Caroline, Ponoka and their latest victims, the Frank Maddock Warriors of Drayton Valley,
“I’m quite happy with the way the season’s started. We’ve played some good football games, our kids continue to get better being in their second season here, and they’re really focused,” said Mustangs head coach Kris Denney. “They’ve got a goal and we’re working towards that this year and they’re starting to really buy into a lot of the things we’ve been talking about over the past two years, so yes, it’s been a real good start.”
The ‘Stangs opened their Sept. 25 against the Warriors with a bang as they delivered a touchdown early in the first quarter on a run and their defense held up well early and often. While Drayton Valley responded with six points of their own, however it was all downhill from there as Buck Mountain immediately responded with a huge 60 yard romp for another touchdown to put them up by a score of 24-6 at the half.
To their credit, the Warriors answered late in the third quarter with a touchdown off of a passing play but any momentum they may have gained was quickly lost as the Mustangs returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown and followed it with another with two minutes left in the game to secure a 40-14 victory.
As for the secret to success for his team, Denney said it all comes down to experience.
“I think it’s our second-year players. The boys are more established and know what to expect on the field,” Denney said. “We’ve got lots of returning players; we’ve got seven Grade 12s playing this year so that always helps. We’re quite strong in our running back position and that’s where a lot of our points come from.”
And while his players may be stoked at the prospects of reeling off an undefeated season, the coach said that’s just one goal the team has set out for themselves.
“It’s been brought up. We’re not really dwelling on that, but its one of the kids goals to win every game that we play. We actually have a couple of goals for this season. One is to clinch a playoff spot and have a few home playoff games and the other is to win the league championship,” Denney said. “Now that we’re 4-0, we’ve kind of put ourselves in the driver’s seat to have some home playoff games and puts us in a good position. We’re off to a good start and we’re hoping to stay on track and hopefully be contending for the league championship when playoff time comes.”
This past weekend the Mustangs headed to Edmonton to face the Victory Christian Crimson Knights however as of press time, no scores had been made available.