Chestermere High School’s football team entered the 2018 Rocky View Sports Association season with a new name. After several years of being the Cowboys, the team will now be known as the Lakers.
As Chestermere High School’s other sports teams are also called the Lakers, head coach Scott Ledieu said the name change will allow the football team to be consistent with the identity of the school’s athletics programs.
“We thought that now was as good a time as any, with a change in administration and some other things going on…we thought it was a good idea to get in line with what the rest of the [school]was doing, name-wise,” said Ledieu, who is entering his third season with the team and his second year as head coach.
The new moniker didn’t help in Chestermere’s season opener, though, as the team fell 33-12 to the Bert Church Chargers, Aug. 30 in Airdrie.
Though his team came out on the losing side, Ledieu said there were still some positives to take from the game.
“Obviously, we were disappointed to lose,” he said. “I thought it was a competitive game the whole way through.
“We played okay, but I felt we missed on a few opportunities that might have made it a different game.”
Two players who stood out for Chestermere in the season opener were receiver Dakota Konschuh and running back Roy Outh. The two seniors both picked up a touchdown for the Lakers.
Mid-way through the first quarter, Outh showed off his running power when he blasted past four Chargers defenceman before carrying the ball 50-plus yards into the Bert Church end zone.
“A lot of our offence is built around putting the ball in the hands of playmakers and getting a chance to control the game by running the ball,” Ledieu said. “[Outh] does a very good job – he can make a very small seam turn into a huge hole, and a huge run.
“His success is going to be crucial to the success of the team, that’s for sure.”
While Outh’s rushing ability will remain an important part of the Lakers’s offensive strategy this season, Konschuh’s strength as a receiver will be just as crucial. He showed that with several receptions throughout the game against the Chargers, including a diving catch in the end zone to score Chestermere’s second TD of the game.
“[Konschuh has] really stepped up, both as a leader and as a go-to guy for us on offence, this year,” Ledieu said.
The Lakers’ next game will be at home Sept. 14, when the team hosts the George McDougall Mustangs at Utley Field. The Mustangs will prove another difficult opponent, having started the 2018 season strong with a 30-16 win against the W.H. Croxford Cavaliers.
“The biggest thing is going to be attention to detail, and just doing the little things right,” Ledieu said.
Kick off for that game is set for 6 p.m.