The Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) regular season closed with a tightly contested contest that saw the George McDougall Mustangs falling 35-27 to the Chestermere Cowboys Oct. 14.
Although all the playoff seedings had already been determined for the RVSA Tier 2, McDougall head coach Chris Glass said the team wanted to end the regular season on a positive. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for the now 3-3 Mustangs.
“It was a disappointing end to the season, but if we’re going to have that kind of game, I’d rather have it in a game we can do-over next week,” Glass said. “At least we have a week of practice to fix the problems we saw today.”
The Mustangs had been on a three-game winning streak at the midway point of the season, but dropped its past two games setting the team on a losing skid into the post-season.
Glass said although the team has to look forward and learn from its losses, his team has to be better than the effort it showed against the Cowboys.
Quarterback Max Longchamps was back in solid form behind centre, connecting with Josh Seaman for the game’s opening touchdown and scampering for a pair of touchdowns of his own.
Although the Mustangs had strong play on offense, the Cowboys had a response for each Mustangs score, utilizing a wildcat offence through the combined play of quarterback Jaden Hiebert, receiver Alen Cekic and running back Roy Outh.
“The kid’s a good player. Cekic can play,” Glass said. “But we made them look better than we needed to by not doing what we’re coached to do. We knew he was getting the ball and we made it look like he was all alone on the field.”
Holding a 24-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter, Mustangs kicker Shawn Forrest booted his second field goal of the game to put his team up by six with less than half a quarter remaining.
The Mustangs defence managed to keep the Cowboys offence out of the endzone for the quarter, but the offence was starting to mount pressure and seemed primed for a comeback.
With little more than three minutes left, the Mustangs gambled on a third down and one-yard-to-go play deep in its own zone, looking to extend its drive and keep the Cowboys offence off the field.
Unfortunately, the gamble did not pay off as the team failed to convert and gave Cekic prime field position to score the go-ahead touchdown – his third of four that afternoon.
“The way our defence was playing, I was very concerned if we gave (Chestermere) another chance from anywhere on the field,” Glass said. “Ninety-nine times out of 100 we get the first down on that play, we had half a yard to go. A good push from the O-line and we just need to make sure we fall forward.”
Cekic tacked on his fourth touchdown late in the quarter to complete the 35-27 comeback victory and handed the Mustangs its second straight loss.
Although his team lost, Glass said his squad already has its attention focused on the playoffs where it will take on the W.H. Croxford Cavaliers at Ed Eggerer Park Oct. 20. Kickoff goes at 3 p.m.