DARTMOUTH - The Cobequid Cougars used some stingy defence to snuff out the Prince Andrew Panthers 27-7 recently in the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Football League.
The victory gives Cobequid a 2-0 start to the season after their Week 2 match against the Sir John A Macdonald Flames was cancelled due to flooding at James Macpherson Stadium. The Panthers fall to 0-3.
"The team hasn't really played a lot of football," Cougars head coach Scott Annand said. "They were ready to go (Friday) night."
Cobequid will put their record on the line Sunday when they host the four-time defending champion Citadel Phoenix in their annual Thanksgiving classic - the Turkey Bowl - at 1:30 p.m.
Cougars quarterback Gab Bagnell scored a pair of touchdowns while Kyle Scott, on a 64-yard reception, and Ben Petrie also scored for the Cougars, who led 7-0 at halftime. Nick Zscheile booted three converts.
"Gab Bagnell showed great poise in the pocket," Annand said. "And we showed an ability to stretch the field (via the passing game). That's encouraging because it will help our running game."
Annand said the offence committed some untimely turnovers in the first half but showed much better balance in the second 30 minutes.
Annand praised the "outstanding" work of his defence, especially corner Andrew Murphy, who made an interception and recovered a fumble. Calder Saunders also recovered a fumble and made seven tackles. Nick Simpson tackled seven Panthers and Adam Kaulback forced a pair of fumbles.