Halifax-based team wins sixth straight Turkey Bowl
© Raissa Tetanish - Truro Daily News
Adam Kaulbach, left, and Calder Saunders of the CEC Cougars chase down Citadel's Liam Johnston during high school football action on Sunday. The Phoenix routed the Cougars 40-8 in the annual Turkey Bowl game between the two rivals.
TRURO - The Citadel Phoenix continued their mastery of the Cobequid Cougars on Sunday.
The Phoenix build a 24-point halftime lead and cruised to a 40-8 victory over the Cougars in the
annual Turkey Bowl before more than 1,000 fans at James Macpherson Stadium.
"It started out the way we had planned it, but we lost some momentum and never really got it back offensively," said Cougars coach Scott Annand.
Citadel broke open a one-point game with 23 unanswered points in the second quarter and took a comfortable 30-6 lead into halftime to put the contest out of reach.
It was the sixth straight Turkey Bowl victory for the Halifax-based Phoenix over the Cougars.
"At halftime I told them we have a lot to prove and we have to go out and show that we're capable of playing in front of our home fans," Annand said. "And defensively, we held their starters for probably 90 per cent of the second half ... and we recorded a number of two-and-outs, and that's a huge positive I'm taking out of that game."
Citadel improved its Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Football League record to 4-0, while the Cougars dropped to 2-1.
Kyle Scott scored Cobequid's lone touchdown on a 50-yard catch and run in the first quarter. Scott finished the game with three catches for 69 yards.
Quarterback Gab Bagnell went 6-for-15 passing for 90 yards and one touchdown. He also threw an interception.
Leading the way defensively for the Cougars were Calder Saunders (nine tackles), Nick Simpson (six tackles), Jake Walters (four tackles, one sack), Drew Smith (three tackles, one sack), Andrew Murphy (three tackles, one interception and Kenny Snow (one sack).
The Cougars return to action on Sunday when they travel to Burnside to play the Dartmouth Spartans at 2 p.m.