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SVRSS Tigers Football Team kicks off season at home

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For the first time since the 2019 season came to a close, the Swan Valley Regional Secondary School
(SVRSS) Tigers Football team took the field for their home opener on Saturday against the Moosomin Generals. It’s been a long year without high school sports and the players, coaches and fans were more than raring to go this football season.
“Everyone was very excited about being back in league competition and for about two thirds of our team, it was their first football game,” said SVRSS Tigers Football Coach Justin Petelski. “I told them we had done the work for weeks and today was finally payday. “I know personally I took football for granted.
For the past 20 plus years, football had been a part of my life to some degree, every fall playing, coaching or officiating.
Then last year it was just gone. It was so good to be on the field with those young men and women again.” The first quarter was tense as the Tigers had to get used to being back on the field and for
some, this was their first game ever. 
“As we suspected it was a bit of a slow start in the first quarter,” said Petelski. “A bit nervous and tentative for most, but after the first few plays every one was feeling more comfortable.
We scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and had a nice lead. We had some nice runs in the first half by Ethan and Trae Bateman.
Maryk and Kylan Nunn were all over the field, making so many of our tackles.” 
The Tigers ramped up the pace in the second quarter by adding another two touchdowns to the scoreboard. 
“We had a nice run from first year player, Tyan Mykula, scoring his first touchdown as a Tiger,” said Petelski. “Near the end of the second quarter Kylan Nunn had a long run for a touchdown. We had a lot
of momentum going into the second half and at the end of that quarter the score was 35 – 0.”
The action continued on into the second half of the game, as the Tigers continued to score more touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters. The team had an incredible run with their offense in this
game, but found it challenging to keep the momentum going when the lead on the scoreboard was so great. 
“We often find it hard to play with a big lead like that,” said Petelski. “It’s easy to gear down and not be as aggressive, and can often be a challenge to keep everyone focused in the third quarter. The score after
the third quarter was 41-0. A lot of our grade 9's and first year grade 10's got to play in the fourth
quarter, which is always the plan when possible. It was a great opportunity for them and made for a very excited sideline. 
We claimed a victory with a score of 47-8. We were very happy with offensive performance, with 603 yards of offence and five different players scored touchdowns. It was a very nice way to start the season.
“Annalisa Ellingson was our starting quarterback and she’s the first female to start at quarterback in Tigers history and win her first game,” said Petelski. “Trae Bateman also played some Quarterback and had some key plays in the game. He put on a very good performance in that position for us. They played great, completed some passes, and ran the offense effectively.
Again, a very nice balance that gives defences a couple of things to worry about. 
“Defence played very well. The defensive stats aren’t available yet, but we were lead on defence by Maryk, Kylan and Ethan. Great game by the entire defence to keep them to 0 points until the last couple minutes of the game. Some big turnovers forced on defence that were momentum changers. Overall I am very happy with the team’s performance.”
Petelski is already planning and strategizing for the upcoming practices, on how the Tigers can improve from their first game.
“We took an awful lot of penalties, I think 15 to their three,” said Petelski. 
“Some off sides and procedures that we can control and some we can’t. We will look at that this week and see if we can’t make some changes there.” The next SVRSS Tigers Football game is this Friday in Shoal
Lake against the Parkwest Outlaws.

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