The Fort McMurray Monarchs remain unbeaten heading into their bye week.
It’s business as usual for the Monarchs as they’ve blazed out of the gate to a 3-and-0 start, following Saturday’s 79-6 dismantling of the Calgary Wolfpack.
“Well, we had the same sort of success last season and we ended up losing in the championship,” said Head Coach Jesse Maddox. “So, the idea is to keep it forward, keep pushing, fine-tune all the little things and don’t take these big wins for granted.”
The team is a juggernaut yet again on both sides of the ball – with a plus-130-point differential, which is 111 points higher than the next best team.
Fort McMurray’s offence has scored 163 points (54.3 per game) so far this season while the second highest offence in the Lloydminster Vandals has just 77.
On the defensive side, they’ve allowed just 33 points while Central Alberta is second with 39.
Maddox feels while big wins like Saturdays are little deflating – they also keep the team sharp for fiercer competition.
“It is to a point and an extent, but I mean at the end of the day, there are things we had to shore-up and games like that give you the time to do the things you don’t have time to do in the bigger games.”
It’s nothing out of the ordinary for the Monarchs who’ve been to the AFL championship in the past three consecutive years – winning a title back in 2016.
Maddox says following the bye they’ll get set to hit the road – on their way to Airdrie for the first game away from home this season.
“It’s another good game and a good stepping stone,” Maddox said. “They’re probably the 3rd or 4th best team in the league so it should give us a tougher opponent to play against. I don’t expect it to be another 79-6 game.”
Fort McMurray plays the Irish on June 23 in Airdrie with kick off set for 7 p.m.
The team meanwhile is inviting the public to a Trivia night at Townhall Public House on Friday for the Inaugural Pop-Up Fundraiser.
Tickets are $20, and the action gets going at 7:30 p.m.