Spartans win playoff game and advance to provincials

Rimbey Spartans high school football team will advance to provincial semifinals after crushing Hanna Hawks 48-6.

Rimbey Spartans high school football team will advance to provincial semifinals after crushing Hanna Hawks 48-6.

The Spartans emerged victorious on home turf Nov. 6 and go on to face either Jasper Glaciers or Drayton Valley Warriors in Lacombe, Nov. 20.

Coach Bill Bramfield was pleased with his team, which has remained undefeated in league play.

“They did well, but we need to remember anything can happen and they always have to play their best.”

He said it is important not to think of Hanna as an easy win. “They drove all the way down here and they were planning to win. They’ve got a good tradition in Hanna. It wasn’t an easy win, nothing is an easy win.”

Bramfield said the Spartans continue to improve.

“Every game we have to accomplish certain things and get a little bit better. There is always something we need to look at and improve. Our real goal is competing against ourselves.”

Going through the season without a loss is no reason for a football team to rest on its laurels, he noted.

“Drayton hasn’t lost either and if we end up playing them, we will certainly be put to the test that day.”

The Spartans, as a team, have showed tenacity, determination and skill on the field, he said, noting with pride that all 24 players got field time in the game.

“Football is the ultimate team sport and they have all played well.”

He said 15 players have not played football before this year.

“It’s looking good for next year,” he said.

The final game of provincials is to be held in Edmonton Nov. 23.

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