If you are only going to have one team left vying for the top prize in Alberta Bantam football, at least have a good one.
That very much appears to be the case with the Sherwood Park Rams again this season — the lone Park team at the Capital District Minor Football Association’s top Morgan Division level playing full squad games after the rival Sherwood Park Northstars and Wolverines opted to drop down to the newly-created nine-aside league this year due to diminished rosters.
The Rams are off to a 3-0 start to the season after defeating the Edmonton Mustangs 66-6 last Saturday in Millwoods.
“One of the things that made me happiest in this game was Matthew Bebyck,” said longtime Rams head coach Jim Skitsko, who is serving in the position for one more season before planning to step back and pass off the Rams’ reins. “He has been with us for two seasons and he caught his first pass on Sunday. Everybody was really happy for him.
“I thought we had a well-coached game on our part. Those kids on the other side, they never quit. They were good sports and we wish them the best I think they will be in the hunt for playoffs.”
Mason Herzog and Nikolas Shewchuk paced the Rams offence with three touchdowns, apiece followed by Hunter Kooznetsoff, Nathan Sanheim and Kaleb Conn with one major each.
“Nick and Mason are really coming into their own,” Skitsko said. “Nick had never been a quarterback before coming into this season and after recovering from his ACL injury from last year, he is on track to be MVP of the league right now, if you ask me. He comes to work all the time and leads the team as a great captain. Mason is a first-year kid who is strong and just getting better every game with the coaching he is getting. We are really happy with his development. I am excited because he is going to be back next year and will certainly be one of the leaders on this team. He is a great kid. He works hard in practice and asks good questions and is rapidly becoming one of our leaders on offence.
The Sherwood squad has outscored opponents 163-28 thus far.
The Rams have captured 13 Capital District Minor Football Association Bantam Tier 1 championships and nine provincial Tier 1 titles in the last 23 years.
The Bantam boys are in Leduc to face the Cats (2-1) on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.