Cobequid playing for pride Sunday to close season
TRURO - There's no title awaiting the Cobequid Cougars on Sunday.
Pride, however, is what the team is focused on.
"We have something to prove," senior receiver Ty Borden said. "We shouldn't be here. We should be playing in the championship game but things obviously didn't go our way. So I think we're trying to prove a point and playing for pride and we'll come out and play our hardest."
The Cougars (2-4), who crossed the line fifth in the regular season, host the seventh-place Prince Andrew Panthers (0-6) in their consolation playoff match at 1:30 p.m. at James Macpherson Stadium. The Panthers dumped the sixth-place Lockview Dragons 31-24 to earn a go at Cobequid.
The top four finishers in the regular season move on to play for the provincial title.
The Cougars came into the 2012 campaign with high expectations with the opening of their $250,000 stadium. But what they got was an up and down season that saw them miss the Tier 1 playoffs for just the second time in the school's 42-year history.
There was a few bright spots for the team, though, as receiver Kyle Scott, offensive lineman Brendan Collette and linebacker Calder Saunders were recently named to the league's second all-star team.
Now everyone on the team, especially the senior players, is looking to finish their playing days on a positive note. It's something the players and coaching staff has been talking about all week as they prepare for kickoff.
"I want to win pretty bad," Borden, a 17-year-old Valley resident said. "I've wanted some things pretty bad but this is up there. I've played two seasons with the Cougars and I want to go out there and get a win."
Especially because Borden knows it'll be a lot easier to walk off the field for the last time celebrating a victory, rather than trying to swallow another defeat.
"I'll be finishing my career and it's going to be emotional," he said. "It's a big game even though we're not getting anything out of it, it's still a big game. It's my biggest game."
So what's it going to take to make it a victory? Borden said it's not a mystery.
"We have to work hard, play as a team and get some momentum going early," he said. "We have to play with some heart and execute."