By Ryan McCracken on November 4, 2016.
The second season starts tonight for the Hat High Mohawks football team.
Fresh off their third straight Rangeland Football Conference title with last week’s 29-5 victory over the Strathmore Spartans, the Mohawks will come face-to-face with an even stiffer test when the Catholic Central Cougars enter the Methanex Bowl tonight at 7 p.m. for the Alberta Tier 2 South Zone championship
“We’ve been working hard all week, and one week at a time,” said Mohawks coach Quinn Skelton. “The boys were real excited about winning the Rangeland but they also know that moving on into the zone championship is definitely a real accomplishment.”
The Cougars are coming off a big win of their own, dropping the Chinook Coyotes 20-0 last week in Lethbridge to earn their chance in Medicine Hat. With a 6-3 overall record, the Cougars sit eighth in the Football Alberta Tier 2 rankings, while Hat High holds No. 4 with an 8-1 record this season.
“They’ve got a very big, strong physical team and they’re always very well coached. We’ve battled with Catholic Central many times in the past five or 10 years and we expect nothing different than a real tough test,” said Skelton. “They’ve got some big kids on the line and some very talented kids running and catching the ball for them.”
While the Mohawks have taken their bumps and bruises along the way, Skelton says the team remains in good physical condition as they embark on their 10th match of the campaign.
“We’ve got a couple guys who we hope to have back and healthy tomorrow and other than that most of our core is intact so we’re pretty fortunate at this time of the year,” said Skelton, adding it speaks volumes to the conditioning of his players.”Our off-season has been real strong in the last few years. A lot of our kids work with the trainers at the Underground at Badlands with Tom Wilde and Fotis Lambiris. Those guys have done a great job helping us prepare each year and the core of our guys have really come a long way training with those guys.”