Young Mustangs drop home opener to Phoenix
Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 06:00 am
The George McDougall Mustangs opened its Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) season in front of a packed crowd Sept. 15, with a loss to the Springbank Phoenix.
The young Mustangs roster showed its age and inexperience in the 43-0 loss. Head coach Chris Glass said a game like this can be beneficial for a growing program.
“Sometimes scores get away from you like that. But there is a lot of positives (from this game),” Glass said. “That’s what happens when you have a young team. You learn from these things – sometimes you learn by taking your licks early.”
Although the Mustangs couldn’t get the offence rolling, the team’s defence started the game strong, with players like Cade Yakiwchuk and Enoch Angbongy providing heavy hits to keep the game close through the opening half.
“Yakiwchuk played his best game since I started coaching him. He was a force out there,” Glass said. “It was 28-0 at the half, but really felt like 14-0. We had two long touchdowns that we didn’t connect on.”
In the second half, the Mustangs gave up 13 points in the third quarter and just two in the fourth en route to the loss.
After playing its second game of the season Sept. 19, the Mustangs wraps up its three games in an eight-day span Sept. 23 when it takes on the Bert Church Chargers in the 14th edition of the Airdrie Bowl at Ed Eggerer Athletic Park.
The W.H. Croxford Cavaliers failed to build off its week one victory Sept. 14, dropping a close 7-4 decision on the road to the Bow Valley Bobcats.
Head coach Roy Lewis said his team’s loss wasn’t due to a lack of execution from the offence, but instead from its inability to finish its drives and put points and pressure on the Bobcats.
“Our offence moved the ball well, but we couldn’t finish drives at all and that essentially cost us the game,” he said.
Although the offence struggled to put points up, the Cavaliers’ defence put forth another impressive effort for the second game in a row, holding the Bobcats’ offence in check and limiting it to just a single touchdown in the loss.
Over the span of two games, the Cavaliers defence has allowed just 11 points and one single touchdown to its opponents.
Lewis said his team will not rely on its defence to win games through the season.
“Our defence is expected to be good, but we expect to have a balance too, on both offence and defence,” Lewis said. “Offence is doing what it needs to do, it just needs to capitalize on opportunities.”
The Cavaliers’ season continues Sept. 23 when it heads back on the road for a matchup with the 1-0 Cochrane Cobras.
The Bert Church Chargers dropped its season opener to the Chestermere Cowboys Sept. 15.
Coming in to the season with an extremely young and highly inexperienced roster, head coach Josh Joynson called this season a rebuilding one.
He said he hopes to establish a strong foundation for the Chargers moving forward.
“It was a first game for a lot of these students and it showed,” Joynson said. “We’re rebuilding something for the next couple of years.”
With a rookie quarterback behind centre and just three Grade 12s to its roster, the Chargers played well in the first half, keeping the score 14-0 through the first two quarters, but couldn’t maintain its play in the second half.
The Chargers were outscored 25-7 and went on to drop its first game of the season.
“We tired out and we didn’t give the effort we needed to give all around,” Joynson said.
“It wasn’t the best score (to give up), but it could have been worse.”