The Canadian Wildcats find themselves in unfamiliar territory today, and will for some time. With no home games scheduled for over a month, the Cats will have to be Road Warriors, said Head Coach Chris Koetting. The long away schedule was the result of necessity, Koetting said. “It’s not ideal, and we never want to give up a home game, but we had to schedule these games, or we would have had open weeks without opponents.” “The drawback of all those road games is not being at home in front of our great fans,” he said, though he knows Wildcat fans will travel anywhere to see the team play. “Many times, we have more of a fan base in the stands than some of the home teams we play. We have tremendous support from our community, and it doesn’t matter where we go or who we play—our fans show up in force.” It’s not as bad as it seems, he said. “The away games that we have this year are...relatively close, except for the one in Vernon in a couple weeks,” he said. Road games typically bring more distractions: being in an opposing stadium, listening to crowds root against you and being in an unfamiliar environment. That’s not the case for this team, Koetting said. “I really think we handle being on the road well. We have been on so many long trips with playoff games and stuff, and I honestly think we have less distractions.” “We just get on the bus and go play football,” he said. “It doesn’t bother us one bit. Our guys obviously prefer to play at home, but they are just glad to play.” The next home game for the Wildcats is Oct. 1. Until then, fans will just have to keep the gas tanks full and the engines running.