The Senior Mustangs have officially put an end to their 2019 season, wrapping up their last game against Cranbrook’s Rocky Mountain Rams with a 28 – 6 win on Friday, November 8.
The Mustangs made the trip out to Cranbrook, B.C. for game two of the Nike Bowl—a series brought by Skyline Athletics and Team Litzen from Calgary in order to promote football participation in both communities.
The victory on November 8 earned the Mustangs a brand new trophy, and participating in the Nike Bowl opened a lot of new opportunities for both the Rams and the Mustangs.
While the Mustangs didn’t earn a huge shutout like their 48 – 0 win the week previous, head coach Brian Murray said the goal was to have fun for both teams.
“We had some fun with it. Once we got a bit of a lead we started to move some players around,” said Murray.
“I thought it was a great way to end the season. For the five guys that we have graduating, we gave them the chance to move around, play different positions, and just have fun in their last game of high school football.”
Murray said emotions were high after the final game of Mustangs football finished and the year came to an end.
“It was a somber moment for our veterans. For some of them, that’s their last football game ever. For them to walk off with a win was a great way to close the season.”
“It’s really good to finish the season with a high note, and now as a coaching staff we’re entering the recruitment phase.”
The Nike Bowl marked the first time the Rams had a team on the field for a real game in about 10 years.
Murray said it’s good to see another team in the mix, and the Nike Bowl helped sew new seeds of friendship and rivalry.
“We all made some friends. We’re looking at bringing the Rams down to our Stampeders camp that we have every spring,” he said.
Murray said for the Mustangs, the boys came a long way from where they started at the beginning of the season.
“Development was great. I’m really excited for next year—I really think that we can make a good run,” he said.
“Next year’s goal is to make it in to the playoffs and win. If we can get into playoffs and beat some times, then we can get into provincials easily,” he said.
He said details are being worked out for other off-season Mustangs activities, including a potential spring league, but details are still being worked out.
While the season is now over, the Mustangs are always actively recruiting, Murray said.
“There’s tons of room to grow, and it’s a good program where the kids learn a lot. They’re excited and happy for next year,” he said.
There’s still plenty of room for students to get involved in Mustangs football.
Experience isn’t required to join the senior team, but openings are available at peewee, bantam, and senior as well.
Anybody interested can reach out to the Mustangs and stay up to date on off-season activities by keeping their eyes on the Pincher Creek Mustangs Football Facebook page.