A new on-field product with a new outlook led to an impressive win for the Airdrie Irish in their Alberta Football League (AFL) season opener yesterday (June 4) at Ed Eggerer Field in Airdrie.

Quarterback Josh Williams tossed three touchdown passes and used his legs to put another six points on the board in a 33 – 21 Airdrie win over the Central Alberta Buccanneers from Red Deer.

Irish running back and Team President Connor Lutz says Williams dominated the game.

"He faced quite a bit of pressure all game but he was able to avoid the pressure, either with his arm or his legs. He just played a really good game all around and definitely led us to victory."

Lutz says Airdrie's recruiting of players for the team's secondary really paid off in yesterday's game.

"We were able to shut down their passing attack this year which made a huge difference on the scoreboard. Our safety Ty Bessette had a really good game coming up in run support and he also came away with an interception as well."

Lutz says it was easy to tell that both teams were playing their first game of the regular season as it was penalty-filled and lacked flow. Still, he was pleased to get their first win under their belts. Another thing that put a smile on the faces of everyone in the organization was the community support shown.

"The crowd was awesome. There were a couple of hundred people there for sure. The beer gardens were full and the three food trucks were busy. The weather cooperated so on the whole it was a success for the first game of the year.

Next up for the Irish is a trip to Grande Prairie on Saturday to meet the new Peace Country Cowboys. The new entry into the AFL will be playing their first game after having had a bye in week one. The next home action in Airdrie is on Saturday, June 18th when the Irish entertain the Cold Lake Fighter Jets.

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