George McDougall Mustangs open RVSA league with win
The George McDougall Mustangs started off the 2012-2013 season the way it wanted to, defeating the Bow Valley Bobcats 35-7 in the opening game of the league’s fall season.
Josh Duazo and Damon Jonson led the way on offence for the Mustangs and Head Coach Brent Legault is excited for the prospective 1-2 punch the duo is going to provide the team.
“In the third quarter, we wanted to spread the ball around and Damon runs hard up the middle,” Legault said.
“Kyle Olson gave him some fantastic blocks to work with and our entire O-line was blowing up their D-line. They were giving huge holes for Damon and sealing up the end to help Josh go out wide.”
Legault said the depth the team has this year is going to help the Mustangs make another run at the Rocky View Sports Association’s (RVSA) title.
“You can’t compare it,” he said. “It’s making us a strong football club. To have this kind of depth, we’re ecstatic.”
A solid offence that includes at least five running backs has allowed Legault to move one of his top point scorers to a new position.
Duazo, who was named RVSA’s running back of the year as a rookie last season, played his first league game at tailback and the move paid off, as Duazo scored three of the Mustangs’ five touchdowns.
It’s been a while since George McDougall has had a team this strong, and it’s turned the ‘Stangs into a .500 club.
The team’s 2-2 record last year was it’s best in seven seasons and Legault, who’s been involved with football in Airdrie for 10 years, credits the strength of the city’s minor football program for developing strong, young players.
“The depth is something George McDougall hasn’t seen in a while,” he said.
“In three years, we have no idea where it’s going to lead us, but Airdrie football has been getting stronger. We’re reaching a new pinnacle this year.”
The Mustangs will be looking to go 2-0 against the Chestermere Cowboys, which dropped its first game to the reigning divisional champion Springbank Phoenix.
Kick off is Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at Chestermere High School.
“Our communication on defence has to improve,” Legault said.
“Our offence was clicking well, but can get stronger. Our biggest thing was the special teams and getting the right guys on the field. But it comes down to crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s. We’re getting in the right groove.”
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