In the first regular season meeting between the George McDougall Mustangs and W.H. Croxford Cavaliers, experience took the day as the Mustangs won 30-8 Sept. 28.
With the win the Mustangs, with multiple years of competition in the Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA), extended its league winning streak to three.
This marks the third straight loss for the Cavaliers, the city’s newest RVSA competitors.
“We’re peaking now, we are playing our best football,” said Mustangs head coach Chris Glass.
The Airdrie rivals jostled for field position until the Mustangs Shawn Forrest booted a field goal just past the midway point of the opening quarter, breaking the tie.
The Cavaliers answered back when quarterback Keagan Henderson called his own number on a quarterback sneak and scampered into the end zone for the first major of the game.
The second quarter saw a tilt in the favour of the Mustangs as first-year running back Wyatt Anderson took over play, carrying the majority of the Mustangs’ touches and extending drives for George McDougall.
“Number 23 was amazing for us tonight,” Glass said. “With (Anderson) carrying the load like he did, it opens up everything.”
The only score in the second quarter came from a missed field goal attempt by the Cavaliers, resulting in a single point for the team and an 8-3 lead heading into halftime.
The Mustangs dominated in the second half, with positive runs from Anderson and another strong outing from senior quarterback Max Longchamps.
Longchamps connected with Quinn Bohnet and Rhett Mitschki for a touchdown each and scampered for a score of his own. Anderson piled up the yards and scored a touchdown for himself, resulting in 27 unanswered points and the win.
“We defined it as we are still not mentally tough enough to be in a physical type of game George McDougall plays,” said Cavaliers head coach Roy Lewis. “They are a very physical team and we could not match their intensity. In the second half you saw the more physical team start to dominate us.”
With this game being the first of many meetings between the two high schools Glass said he sees the level of competition growing.
“That team came to play, they knew what was at stake and (this) rivalry is going to be a battle for years,” Glass said. “It was an excellent win against a tough and a very well-coached team.”
The Mustangs take hold of third place in the RVSA with its 3-1 record, while the Cavaliers sit in a three-way tie alongside Bow Valley and Chestermere at 1-3.
The season continues for the Mustangs Oct. 5 when it takes on the league-leading Cochrane Cobras on the road. The Cavaliers return to action against another Airdrie rival the Bert Church Chargers Oct. 4 (after press time).