Players ready for Airdrie Bowl
For the players on the Bert Church Chargers and the George McDougall Mustangs football teams, there is no bigger contest than the annual Airdrie Bowl to take place on Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. at East Lake Athletic Park.
“Everyone at our school gets so excited about the Airdrie Bowl and our team is just jacked and ready to go,” Chargers running back and linebacker Jared Johnson said.
“Wherever you go around Airdrie, everyone knows about the game, and that is what makes it a lot of fun,” Mustangs running back and defensive back Jordan Baldwin added.
Heading into the 10th annual Airdrie Bowl contest, both teams have had different roads to get to this point in the Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) season.
The Mustangs, which has won the last two meetings against its city rival, have been nearly unstoppable in its games, as the team has a 3-0 record and is tied for first place in the league standings with the Cochrane Cobras.
“I’m really proud with how our team has been doing,” Baldwin, who is in Grade 10, said. “We have been improving every day in practice, and with how we are playing, it just seems like all we have to work on right now is the minor details.”
The Chargers is still searching for its first win of the campaign as it has a 0-2-1 mark following a 13-13 tie with the Bow Valley Bobcats of Cochrane on Sept. 27 at East Lake Athletic Park.
“It stung to just come away with a tie instead of a win in our last game, but we are improving,” Johnson, who is a Grade 12 student at Bert Church, said. “We have been executing more with our rushing attacking in practice, which has carried over into the game, and our coverage game on defence was a lot better.”
Since the Chargers has lost its last two encounters with the Mustangs, the main goal for Johnson and his teammates is to knock off its biggest rival and shut down its bid at a perfect season.
“Since I am a senior player on the team, it would be huge for me to defeat them,” he said. “We know that they are a very good team, and we need to make sure that we have a good week of practice before we go up against them.”
Baldwin, meanwhile, is expecting things to be a little different on game day compared to other three contests the Mustangs have played so far this season, especially when it comes to the atmosphere that surrounds the Airdrie Bowl.
However, he believes the Mustangs will have to treat the game like just another contest if they want to continue its successful season.
“We just need to go out there and have fun,” Baldwin said. “We know what he have to do both on offence and on defence, and we just need to make sure that we can execute.”