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Wolfpak preps for battle of undefeated teams

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Tyler Waugh

The Hinton Wolfpak will look to keep its undefeated season going, and maybe get a long-time monkey off its back, when the Edson Rebels visit Sept. 26.

Hinton improved its record to 2-0 on Sept. 19 with a dominant 54-1 home win over Camrose, while Edson also stayed undefeated at 3-0 with a 38-19 win over Caroline.

Edson has proven to be a tough test for Hinton over the years, a reality Wolfpak head coach Chris Johnstone believes will hold true for this week’s game.

“It’s a big test coming up. They are undefeated just like us and they’ve always given us trouble,” said Johnstone about Edson.

“The Edson program always has good athletes, real good athletes. And they are really well coached.”

Johnstone says Edson has a strong quarterback that the defence will have to work hard to contain. 

He says the Wolfpak won’t make too many changes to a defence that has proven to be particularly strong early in the season.

“He’s a great athlete, slippery runner and very capable of lifting his team up on his shoulders and carrying them if he needs to,” said Johnstone.

“We may adapt how we rush him … may use a more controlled rush and not flush him out. They just need to stay disciplined and focused and keep tackling well.”

Johnstone had high praise for safeties Justin Cumby and Julien Rivest and the rest of the defence in the win over Camrose.

He was also impressed with the play of quarterback Solomon Underwood, who shifted over to running back part way through the game as Grade 10 quarterback Kent Fuller took some snaps from center. He said Ethan Bambrick and Dustin Poirier were also, once again, forces on offence.

Hinton and Edson only share one common opponent so far this year in Vegreville. Hinton beat them 45-28 while Edson beat them 65-31.

Kick off against Edson is at 4:30 pm at the Harry Collinge High School field.