The W.H. Croxford Cavaliers put the brakes on its downward slide Oct. 4 when it knocked off the Bert Church Chargers 23-7 in Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) action.
With a focus on a stronger mental game, the Cavaliers got an early lead and never looked back en route to its second win of the season in what head coach Roy Lewis treated like a must-win game.
“This is a good feeling for the boys. When you practice as much as we and every team practices, it’s good to get the emotions in check,” Lewis said. “We treated this as a playoff game. It meant a ton.”
Coming into Oct. 4 on a three-game losing streak where it was outscored 85-20, the Cavaliers was back to performing the way it had at the start of the 2017 campaign.
The Cavaliers offence was fast and furious, scoring on a pair of rushing touchdowns from quarterback Keagan Henderson and running back Tyson Hatch in the opening quarter, but failed to convert on its point-after attempts, leading to a 12-0 advantage.
The team struggled in the second quarter, failing to produce any points and allowing a late quarter Chargers touchdown pass from AJ Parker to Mason Hart, bringing the score to 12-7 at halftime.
Although it appeared momentum was in the direction of the Chargers, Lewis said he reinforced his team’s mental toughness during the break in preparation of the second half.
“The guys were mentally tough today and that was the challenge we had for our team,” Lewis said. “We had one common goal, being mentally strong and moving on to the next play, which we haven’t in Cavs football since we’ve started.”
The Cavaliers were held scoreless in the third, but dictated the game with strong play on both sides of the ball.
Owen Kramer was a beast on defence and even stepped in at running back after Hatch left midway through the second quarter.
In the fourth, Kramer scampered in for a touchdown, the offence converted on a two-point conversion and Henderson booted a field goal to put the game well out of reach and give the Cavaliers the 23-8 victory over the fellow Airdrie squad.
The Cavaliers wrap-up its regular season Oct. 12 against the 4-1 Springbank Phoenix at Ed Eggerer Athletic Park. Game time is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
Lewis said the game will be a good measuring stick for his team to close out the regular season before playoffs.
The Chargers season concludes Oct. 14 when it plays host to the 5-0 Cochrane Cobras at 11 a.m. at Ed Eggerer Park.