November 23rd, 2017

Out of reach


By Ryan McCracken on September 9, 2017.

McCoy Colts receiver Parker Hope reaches for a ball that is just out of his reach Friday evening during his team's 45-0 loss to the Strathmore Spartans -- NEWS PHOTO MO CRANKER


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It was not a good night for McCoy Colts’ football fans.

After having a touchdown called back early in the first quarter, the Colts were unable to get anything going on offence or defence, falling 45-0 Friday evening to the Strathmore Spartans at the Methanex Bowl.

“I think it was a night where we made them look a lot better than they were,” said Colts head coach Adrian Szola. “This is a true example of how mental mistakes can kill a team. We had great momentum in the first quarter. We drew first blood with the early touchdown, but a stupid penalty got it called back and I think it was over from there. We just weren’t sharp — at all.”

Colts tight end Triston Duchscherer says he felt the team played well and had a better outing than the scoreboard showed.

“I actually thought we played a good game,” he said. “I think we can come out stronger than we did, but I do think we played a good gameÉ Getting that early touchdown called back didn’t feel good, but it is what it is. We just need to find more consistency.”

After the disallowed touchdown, the Spartans were able to string together multiple drives down the field, and consistently stopped the Colts from getting anywhere near their endzone. Spartans acting head coach Glenn Wegner says he is happy with the win.

“It’s good to get a win like that, but we need to be better,” he said. “I think we made a lot of mistakes on offence, but were able to make up for a lot of them with very good defensive play. We let the boys be creative and we’re happy with the results.

Going forward, Szola says he is hoping his team can learn to play with more poise, and to come into games with more confidence.

“I want them to know that they are completely capable of winning games like this, against teams like this,” he said. “There’s a set of mental blocks that I think they just need to work past and get past — it’s something we’ll work on over the year.”

With the Colts practicing Monday through Thursday, Szola says he wants to see consistent improvement from the team.

“It’s just things like making the right tackles at the right times and knowing where you need to be,” he said. “I think if we clean things up this game would have been a lot closer.”

The second game of the night was the Crescent Heights Vikings playing their home opener against the Brooks Buffalo. The Vikings won 23-7, starting out their regular season with two wins and zero losses.


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