The Bow Valley Bobcats football team is aiming to charge the atmosphere at their season home opener on Friday night.

Bobcats head coach Dustin Paul says they want to spark the Blue and Gold spirit by having several food trucks on-site, firing up the music, and offering brand new Bobcats merchandise, including hats, hoodies, and t-shirts with more items to follow.

"The biggest thing is I want to get a fleck of Blue and Gold in the stands," says Paul. "Let's get the colours out there, let's get the excitement going, let's get the energy up, and let's put on a show. I want it to be fun for everybody. We're having the food, the merchandise, and the music to make it an all-around fun atmosphere for everybody."

"Even if you played 10 years ago and you're still in town, come on out and watch the guys now. Especially with the number of new guys now that are showing promise and are looking good so far, I think we'll definitely be putting an exciting product on the field."

The Bobcats are facing the 2-0 Croxford Cavaliers. Paul has had a chance to watch some film, and expects some stiff competition.

"They look pretty good from what I can see on film. They're definitely not your typical team that is run-heavy. They're definitely a pass-first team," he says.

Game time is 7 p.m.

Cobras-Browns exhibition game postponed until Monday

The exhibition game between the Cochrane Cobras and the Tier One St. Francis Browns has been postponed until Monday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. 

Football Alberta executive director Tim Enger says the postponement is due to the scarcity of officials.

He says Football Alberta has increased its investment in tackle officials development sixfold to help address the issue. It has now dedicated $30,000 for officials recruitment, training, and exchanges between the larger centers and smaller official associations to give more exposure for small-town refs to higher-level games.