Rams start season against R.F. Staples of Westlock

Joe McWilliams

Lakeside Leader

Six-on-six football returned for a second season at Slave Lake’s Roland Michener School on Sept. 14. The Rams went down to Westlock to tangle with the RF Staples Thunderbirds.

Reached a couple of days before the game, head coach Philip Owen said practices had been going for two weeks at that point.

“We’re trying to build the interest,” he said. “Get more kids involved.”

The Rams’ inaugural season left quite a lot to be desired, when it came to scoring points and stopping their opponents from scoring. In other words, they did a lot of losing.

But the closest game they had was against the Thunderbirds, so the Rams were heading down Hwy. 44 with a decent expectation of success.

Starting quarterback for the Rams’ season-opener was Sharlee Samuelson. Helping Owen out with the coaching are Andy Fehst and Sean McConnell. They practice weekday afternoons, from 4 – 6 p.m. if you want to come out and encourage them.

Owen says a return engagement with RF Staples, at home, is definitely in the cards, but he doesn’t have a date yet. He figures it’ll be in October. The schedule does not seem very definite at this point (He calls it “fluid”), but the Rams are ready, willing and able.

Kareime Gayle, left, of the Roland Michener Rams, tosses a football to receiver Marques Brady at Rams’ practice on Sept. 13.

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