The St. Joe’s Celtics have three-peated as Peace Bowl champions. The high school football team beat the Sexsmith Sabres 31-0 Saturday for their fourth title in five years. While the team has seen great success over the past few years, Head Coach Trevor Prichard says this year was expected to be a rebuilding year with younger players.
“We didn’t know how far we could take them as coaches, and we didn’t know what their ceiling was; I still don’t know what their ceiling is in regards to talent. I think the biggest reason why they’ve accomplished the things that they have as a team is because they’ve bought into the core team values.”
Those values extend past football into doing well in school and trying their best at everything thrown their way. This is only the third time ever a Mighty Peace Football League team has won the championship three years in a row.
Up next is the Football Alberta tier II provincials, with a regional semi-final against the Austin O’Brien Crusaders of Edmonton. Prichard says they’re prepping by watching film on their opponent.
“We’re going to build a game plan going forward to see what we need to do to take advantage of strengths and weaknesses, not only for us, but to exploit them. Sometimes in November you get a little tired and it’s when you’ve really got to buckle down; motivation’s going to be a huge factor for these guys.”
If they take Saturday’s matchup, regional finals are the 19th, followed by the Alberta Bowl on the 25th. The Celtics took silver in 2015, and gold in 2014.