Football season is back for the Senior Shaunavon Shadows after a delayed start due to Covid-19.
Head coach Kyle Bennett said the team is short on players this year, but they’ll make it work.
“We've got a smaller team this year," said Kyle Bennett, who is coaching the team along with Mike Lewans. "We've only got 15 kids to pull from for nine-man football. It’s pretty tight, but we're going to give it a shot.”
The squad is a relatively young unit, with only three grade 12 players on the roster. Still, the core of the team is experienced having developed their skills through the local minor football system.
"We're young, but experienced," offered Bennett. "And we have some really good football players on our team."
The Shadows had a delayed start to the season, missing their first game which was supposed to happen on September 17, due to a positive COVID case at the high school.
Despite the interruption, Bennett felt the team was ready to tackle the new season.
“We should be fine - it's just going to be busy catching up,” he said.
The team was scheduled to face the Notre Dame Hounds for their first game of the year on Friday, September 24.
Football was one of the few sports that had any type of season last year, although it was on a limited basis. Shaunavon competed with a small "mini-league" of local teams, and had home and away games against Maple Creek and Gull Lake. Shaunavon finished that abbreviated season with a perfect 4-0 record.
High school sports were shut down completely shortly after in the fall of 2020.
This year, the Shadows will play in a six-team league that includes Lumsden, Indian Head, Notre Dame, Gull Lake and Maple Creek.
Jacob Miller, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shaunavon Standard