In the heat of a 90-degree evening, Station Camp fell 42-7 in its first preseason action against a very-talented Pearl Cohn Firebird squad.
After a long offseason, fans were excited to hear helmet-on-helmet clashes and witness more grass stains than on field day at school. Unfortunately, the game did not prove to be a breakout performance like the team and fans hoped for.
Before the game, Station Camp's rigorous warm-ups seemed daunting, but after a Firebird touchdown on their first possession of the game, the Bison atmosphere took a turn for the worse.
Relying heavily on the run game, Station Camp left many wondering when a completed pass wound occur. With players such as Nick Nelson, who returned this year after his second torn ACL last year, the team stayed resilient and determined.
With hard stops and quick tackles, Station Camp's defense is one reason the game did not get even more out of control. The offense saw more sideline on Friday night than they were comfortable with. As the evening dragged on the players' shadows grew longer than their yardage gained.
"We definitely have a lot of work to do, but I think our defense stepped up tonight and made some great plays for us," Perry said.
The players, while disappointed in their performance as a team, are eager for the start of the season.