Chargers shutout by Cochrane Cobras in 62-0 loss
A 62-0 loss to the Cochrane Cobras on Sept. 21 at East Lake Athletic Park was certainly not what the Bert Church Chargers football team was hoping for in its second game of the Rocky View Sports Association season.
However, Chargers Head Coach Andy Kirk said the lopsided loss to the Cobras is something the players on the team can learn from as they go forward.
“The biggest thing for us was learning how to play more physically and with more pace,” Kirk said.
“The overall pace of the game was a big reason why they beat us here.”
“The kids knew going into this game though that this was going to be a real tough team that they were going to be facing,” he added.
While the Chargers were in the game early, Cochrane’s vaunted passing attack proved to be too much to overcome, as Cobras starting quarterback Cody Stevens picked apart the Bert Church secondary for four touchdown passes.
“We had about four plays today on defence where if we had made the play, it would have been a different story,” Kirk said.
“On one of the touchdowns that their quarterback (Stevens) threw, one of our defensive backs (Rohan Bagga) made a beautiful play.
“But unfortunately, the ball tipped off of his hands and right into their receiver’s hands (Wyatt McLeod), and he ran down the field for a touchdown,” he added.
Even though the Chargers have dropped its first two games of the regular season (it was edged out by the Chestermere Cowboys in a tightly contested 13-12 affair in Chestermere on Sept. 13), Kirk has found some positives from his young squad in the early stages of the campaign.
“The kids want to learn and they want to get better, which is great to see,” Kirk said.
“Our linebacking core has been doing a great job, and our running backs have also been doing well for us.”
“I do think our offensive and defensive lines need to be a little bit nastier out there, and that is something that I hope to see them get better at,” he added.
The Chargers will look to pick up its first win of the year on Sept. 27 at East Lake Athletic Park, when it will take on the 0-3 Bow Valley Bobcats in a 4 p.m. contest.
“We saw Bow Valley play at the preseason Jamboree in Cochrane earlier this month, and they have some really stronger running backs and some decent sized players,” Kirk said.
“I think the game should be a fun one for the crowd here, and I think it will be a very exciting game for the players to be a part of.”
Mustangs remain undefeated
The George McDougall Mustangs improved its record to 2-0 on Sept. 20 in Cochrane, as they defeated the Bow Valley Bobcats by a score of 42-15.
That win not only allowed the Mustangs to keep pace with the 2-0 Cochrane Cobras in the race for top spot in the RVSA standings, it also allowed the Mustangs to move up one spot to seventh place in the Tier II provincial high school football rankings, which consists of schools with a population between 750 and 1,249 students.
George McDougall will look to continue its winning ways at the East Lake Athletic Park on Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m., when it will entertain the Chestermere Cowboys.