WATERLOO – Battle of Waterloo is the long standing tradition at WCI of a yearly senior football game played under the lights at Seagram Stadium. As the tradition grows older, it also seems to grow bigger and bigger, with the stands filling more and more each year. You can feel the excitement in the hallways building in the weeks leading up to the big game.
Another key place where you can feel the excitement is within the team itself. The team knows the difference between battle and just another game. The chance to play in front of so many fans is a true honour for the players. The game gives players a chance to thrive in as close to a “big game” setting as they will get at the high school level.
“The atmosphere of the game is absolutely phenomenal,” stated Viking quarterback, Mark C, in an interview. He also added, “There’s nothing like playing a football game where the whole school is there cheering you on.” Mark is a veteran player, he played in the big game last year and described last years game as a good learning experience even though they didn’t achieve the outcome they had hoped.
Another player who is excited is rookie B. Scarrow who is set to play in his first game under the lights. He has been waiting since before he first walked the WCI hallways in grade 9. He explained, “My sister told me about how big Battle was before I was even in high school and seeing the game for the first time in grade 9 made me even more excited.” The pressure of being a rookie starter on the team also does not seem to faze him as he stated, “I’m really excited about playing in Battle this year. It’s such a big game and there’s gonna be a huge crowd watching, so I’m hoping to use their momentum.”
WCI may be playing with a chip on their shoulder considering they lost last year’s Battle of Waterloo against the Bluevale Knights. The Vikings hope to avenge last year’s defeat this year against the SJAM Highlanders. Coach Mike Waters is not just hoping for a better outcome this year, he is expecting one.
“Our team always seems to play better against SJAM, like they always have something to prove against their rivals,” he said when asked about the rivalry. “Last year we lost 28-7 but this year will be different.” The team this year has already matched the win total from last year and are off to a perfect 2-0 start.
With a spirit assembly the day of and a spirit barbecue beforehand, Battle is sure to bring the Viking spirit out in all of WCI’s students. The game is Thursday, October 15th.