The Friday Night Lights game sets the tone for the YRHS Raider Gridders. Playing under the lights to the enthusiastic home crowd, it’s a chance for the team to give it their all and show what they’re capable of at the start of the season. This year, the team showed that they’re going to continue their legacy of dominance, taking down the Moose Jaw Vanier Vikings 42-3.
Coach Roby Sharpe admits it wasn’t a perfect game. In particular, the team took many more penalties than they should have, and he said that’s one of the things they’re going to have to work on going forward, but he’s happy to see that the team is looking strong for the new season.
“It’s a nice way to start. We’ve got stuff to work on, but we look pretty good. We thought we were going to be pretty good, but you never know until you kick that ball off,” said Sharpe.
Many strong players graduated last year, but with Connor Watrych taking over at QB and lots of young players already starting to make a name for themselves, the future looks good for the team.
“We keep saying, we don’t need to rebuild in Yorkton anymore, we just need to reload. We have lots of good players coming up through the ranks, hopefully we will be strong for a while.”
The next match is against Swift Current, at home on Sept. 21 at 2:00 p.m.