CANMORE – The Canmore Wolverines football team has a growling belly and a victory would satisfy that appetite.
Though, for the Wolverines as a whole, getting up to speed with the game has been a learning curve that’s caused all sorts of hunger pains.
The high school squad’s hunt continues for an elusive W following a 56-27 loss against the Spartans in Olds last weekend, dropping the team into a 0-2 hole this season.
A number of things haven’t gone the way of the Wolverines, such as defensive awareness, breakdowns on special teams and inexperience, but another big factor for the team is getting accustomed to the physicality of the contact sport.
“We've got a number of guys that haven't necessarily played contact football before, so they've obviously got a bit of a longer learning curve,” said head coach Spencer Rose.
“You're only young and inexperienced once. Then once you've kind of worked through that, you're kind of on the path to becoming a better player.”
With Saturday’s loss, the Wolverines dropped to 10th in Football Alberta’s Tier IV rankings.
However, Rose said there’s been progress with the players who are coming out to practices. It’s just a matter of “tightening up the screws” and cleaning up some of their issues to date as they look to get in the win column this week.
“My hope and my expectation is that this is early season adversity that we need to use it to build some character,” said Rose.
Next game is Friday (Sept. 22) at Millennium Field in Canmore against the Highwood Mustangs. Kick-off is 2:30 p.m.