The Airdrie Bantam Raiders football season has come to an end after losing in the Division One semi-final. The Raiders lost to the Wildcats of the Calgary Bantam Football Football Association by a score of 14-10.
Airdrie Raiders Head Coach, Steve Kemp stated the injury bug affected the team's play.
"We weren't able to move the ball on offense, but our defense hung in there and they battled the whole game and they played amazing. We just, unfortunately, couldn't put more points on the board to help them out because of injuries."
Although the game did not end in their favour, Kemp believes the kids should be proud of how they played.
This football season, the Raiders finished with an overall record of 7-2-1 only losing to the teams now in the city final, the Cowboys and Wildcats which both one their leagues and both remain unbeaten. Their one tie was also to the Wildcats.
Kemp is proud of how this season turned out.
"I think it was a very successful season. We hoped to do a little more damage in the playoffs than we did. But this team was a special group that really flourished under that team atmosphere."
The Raiders scored a total of 278 points and only allowed 78 over the 10 games.
Looking forward to next season, Kemp stated they will have 15-20 players returning with a lot of young talent that will be moving up from the PeeWee.
"We'll be really excited to have them come in and push our guys. I think the team's gonna be really competitive next year."
Last football season, the Raiders made it all the way to the finals but unfortunately lost to the Cowboys by a score of 15-13.
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