George Mac Mustangs capture RVSA Tier II football title
The third time was the charm for the George McDougall Mustangs football team.
After losing the last two Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) Tier II football title games to the Springbank Phoenix, the Mustangs prevailed in this year’s championship contest at the East Lake Athletic Park on Oct. 26 with a 22-0 shutout.
“This is a real weight that has been lifted off of our shoulders,” Grade 12 running back Damon Jonson said.
“After losing the last two years to Springbank, we were really hungry for the win this year, and this feels great,” Grade 12 defensive back Josh Duazo added.
As soon as the game got underway, the Mustangs showed why the team has been a tough challenge for any team all season, as it caused issues with the Phoenix on both sides of the ball.
“On offence, we were just moving the ball well, and we just shut them down defensively,” Duazo said. “They weren’t able to do much, and I think that frustrated them.”
After taking an 8-0 lead just before halftime, the Mustangs put the game out of reach early in the third quarter, when quarterback, Wes White, hooked up with wide receiver Zach Yoder for a 100-yard touchdown pass.
“We saw that play coming before it actually happened,” Mustangs Head Coach Nolan Rohl said. “We saw that they were moving their safety around a bit on defence, and we capitalized on that by throwing the ball over the top.”
Though it was an offensive play that put the game out of reach, the Mustangs defence were also key contributors to the championship performance, as the team earned its first shutout of the 2013 season.
“We have been trying to get a shutout all year, but the other teams have been able to get points late in the game,” Rohl said.
“It’s a good feeling to have that shutout, as you know that you were able to play well out there and prevent them from getting on the scoreboard,” he added.
As the Mustangs celebrated, the Phoenix players were left licking their wounds on the sidelines, as their quest for a third straight Tier II title had fallen one game short.
“The guys played hard, but we just didn’t execute like we wanted to,” Phoenix Head Coach Tony Lucas said. “I have to give George McDougall a lot of credit though, as they played really well.”
After the game, Rohl accepted the RVSA championship banner, but the Mustangs squad refused to touch the banner or the championship T-shirts that the team received, as its goal of winning a provincial title has yet to be achieved.
“It’s bad luck if you touch anything before you win the main title,” Duazo explained. “It’s like in hockey where you don’t touch the conference championship trophy before you play for the Stanley Cup, so we are keeping that in mind as we try to win provincials.”
The Mustangs will continue its provincial quest in Okotoks on Nov. 2, when it will take on the Foothills Falcons in a regional qualifier.
“Going into that game, we need to focus on executing our plays and keeping our heads in the game,” Duazo said. “We know what we have to do in order to be successful, now we just have to do that when it counts.”