Mustangs meet Cavaliers in RVSA semi-final match
Thursday, Oct 19, 2017 06:00 am
The battle to prove which school boasts the best football team in Airdrie will have one final meeting this season when the George McDougall Mustangs take on the W.H. Croxford Cavaliers Oct. 20.
Although the Mustangs enter the Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) Tier 2 semi-finals with a leg up on Airdrie’s newest high school – knocking off the Cavaliers 30-8 during the regular season on Sept. 28 – Mustangs head coach Chris Glass said his team has to be better if it hopes to continue a playoff run.
“We need to be much better than the last time we played them,” Glass said. “Croxford rose to the occasion in that game and answered physically. We are going to need to play with more emotion.”
The Mustangs enter the post-season with a 3-3 record, but have lost its past two games, dropping decisions to the Cochrane Cobras and Chestermere Cowboys.
Glass said his team needs to put its losses behind it and forget about big wins and bad losses in a short season.
“At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is our next game,” he said. “The way to forget about losing to Cochrane and Chestermere is beating Croxford. The best medicine is to win.”
On the Croxford side, head coach Roy Lewis said his team has to look back on its loss to the Mustangs and change its game.
“If we can stay with the Mustangs in the first two quarters and play physical ball going into the third and fourth quarter, we’ve got as good of a shot as anybody,” Lewis said.
In its past two games, the Cavaliers went 1-1 and had much more mentally-tough play.
The Cavaliers went 2-4 in its first complete RVSA season, but Lewis said expectations are for the team to become contenders for the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association (ASAA) Tier 2 Provincials in just its third year as a football program.
“We walked into this year with our expectations to compete in this league and go as far as we can,” Lewis said. “We have used the slogan of being a young, building team in past years and that doesn’t fit with us anymore.”
Both teams have suffered injuries this season, but the coaches said they are comfortable with the lineups in place for the playoff match.
For the Cavaliers, the team will be without its starting and second-string running backs, but Lewis said he is just as confident in the play of Owen Kramer and Troy Jensen running the rock.
“Thank goodness we’ve got some depth in that position or it could have made for a long season,” Lewis said. “It’s the game of football, you plan you have to replace anyone on the field at any given time.”
On the other hand the Mustangs might be without senior linebacker Enoch Angbongy, who left the Mustangs regular season final Oct. 14 at halftime and has his status still up in the air.
Glass did note the Mustangs will have running back Josh Seaman and linebacker Cade Yakiwchuk in the lineup, unlike the Mustangs previous meeting with the Cavaliers.
The RVSA Tier 2 semi-final goes Oct. 20 at Ed Eggerer Athletic Park, with kickoff scheduled for 3 p.m. The winner of the game will take on the winner of the Springbank Phoenix and Cowboys in the RVSA Tier 2 Finals on a yet-to-be-determined date.