The George McDougall Mustangs continued its domination of cross-city rival, the Bert Church Chargers, Sept. 23 when it captured its seventh straight Airdrie Bowl with an impressive 41-14 victory.
Winning the Airdrie Bowl has become commonplace for the Mustangs, which has captured the trophy nine times in 14 years. The victory is still a sweet one for co-head coach Chris Glass and his team.
“To win this game with the bench that we had is unreal,” Glass said. “Seven in a row is great and is a hell of a record for our school. It is something to really be proud of.”
The Mustangs faced adversity heading into the game, missing three of its starting players because of injuries.
But with opportunities for younger players to show their skills, some backups proved to be important in the win.
One player that stood out in his first start in the Rocky View Sports Association was running back Wyatt Anderson, who carved up the Chargers’ defence, handled a lot of the legwork for his team and found the end zone once in the victory.
“For a Grade 10 to step into a high-pressure role like that, knowing how important he is for us and go out and do what he did is pretty special,” Glass said. “When you’re able to run downhill and control the tempo at the line of scrimmage, it opens up so much.”
Grade 12 quarterback Max Longchamps was impressive in his first Airdrie Bowl start, completing the passes he needed to and connecting on a pair of touchdown passes to Rhett Mitschke and Quinn Bohnet in the second quarter.
Glass said Anderson’s strong running game helped Longchamps have a better game and allowed him to find his open targets.
“(Longchamps) spread the ball around and controlled the tempo,” Glass said. “In three years of coaching him, that’s the best I’ve seen him play.”
Second-year fullback Cody Sox tacked on a pair of goal line touchdowns and Adam Pugh booted a pair of field goals to round out the Mustangs’ scoring.
The Chargers got its game off to a great start when quarterback A.J. Parker connected with Stephen Sample for a long touchdown pass on the game’s first play.
Parker connected with Mason Hart for another touchdown near the end of the first half, but the Chargers’ offence was shutout in the second half, leading to the loss.
Chargers head coach Josh Joynson said his team’s inexperience played a big part in the defeat.
“We had a lot of fight in the first quarter, but let our foot off the pedal and made mistakes,” Joynson said. “We have a group of kids that want to be here right now and I am really proud of that.”
Although his team was able to pull away from its opponents in the second half, Glass said the game was a closer contest than what the score would suggest.
“This team from Bert Church is on the up and up,” Glass said. “They played really hard and they competed. I don’t think it showed on the scoreboard, but they gave us a hell of a fight.”
The Mustangs’ season continues Sept. 28 when it takes on the W.H. Croxford Cavaliers at Ed Eggerer Athletic Park at 4:30 p.m.
The Chargers return to action Oct. 4 to take on the Cavaliers at Ed Eggerer Athletic Park at 5 p.m.