Bighorns gear up for season’s first showing

The Columbia Valley Bighorns have kicked off into their new season, with their first fall practice completed August 20 at Bighorns Field in Invermere.

The Columbia Valley Bighorns kick back after their August 21 morning practice.

The Columbia Valley Bighorns have kicked off into their new season, with their first fall practice completed August 20 at Bighorns Field in Invermere.

Coach Bruce Marlow is looking forward to the new season with a mixed team of returning Bighorns players and newcomers, all between the ages of 14 and 18.

“We’ll be playing nine-man again, we’ve switched our offense and defense as well,” said Marlow. “We’ve got a good crew. They’re all picking up the playbook really well.”

Marlow went on to say that for this season, he’s looking to see the team execute better, stay positive, and really enjoy themselves and have fun.

Ryley Purdy, quarterback and captain for the Bighorns this season, is a player returning for his second year with the team.

“The strengths of the team this season are our speed, for sure,” Purdy said. “Our size too, and our bond.”

Purdy hopes to see the team improve upon these traits, and also on-field talking and communication.

“We did pretty good on our first practice,” said Purdy. “There are a lot of guys here returning and some new players, so it’s pretty good. I’m so excited for this season, it’s one of my last seasons and I’m looking forward to playing with the Bighorns again this fall.”

The team will be preparing for the first game of the season in the Vernon League, to be held on September 4 in Invermere at 1 p.m. against Penticton.

“It’s great local football and all the boys are from here,” said Marlow. “They’re doing a heck of a job. It’s great for people to come out and build team spirit and community spirit. These kids come out and give everything they’ve got.”

The Columbia Valley Bighorns are still looking to get another five or so players who are interested in trying out for the fall season, as well as additional coaches and a referee.

No experience is necessary for those interested in playing the game and equipment will be supplied.

Please call Marlow at 403-312-4969 for more information about team try-outs.

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