After watching his big brother on the gridiron Karl Barnett knew it was something he’d want to do. The Prince George Midget Axemen got the season started Sunday with a 28-4 loss against the Kelowna Sun.
While it was a tough loss for the Axemen it was just the opening game.
“That didn’t work out too well for us. We had a great game, but we could have done better executing plays and making tackles. We’ll do way better next time,” said Barnett, who plays middle linebacker for the Axemen.
As a first year midget Barnett has noticed the difference between bantam and midget.
“It’s a lot different. The guys are a lot bigger and the hitting is harder,” said Barnett, one of a dozen or so players who have moved up this season from bantam.
Barnett played last season for the College Heights Cougars in the four-team high school league.
“It brought a lot more guys together and it made it easier to play,” said Barnett, who also plays hockey in the winter.
After missing the playoffs last season with the Bantam Axemen Barnett is hoping this year he’ll be playing in November.
“We have some things we have to work on. We got to hit harder. We should be doing better and playing later in the year,” said Barnett
The Axemen will have a couple of weekends off and won’t be back on the field until September 25 when they host Ridge Meadows.
“It’s going to be good to be able to work on things before the next game,” said Barnett.
They will host the game at Massey Place Stadium at 7 p.m.
In other opening weekend action the Bantam Axemen dropped a 12-0 decision to the Vernon Wolverines at home. They will be back in action Sunday against the Kelowna Fury. Game time is 10 a.m. On Saturday the Peewee Axemen and Junior Bantam Axemen will host Vanderhoof at 1 and 3 p.m. All games at Massey Place.