Cobequid hosts unbeaten J.L. Ilsley today in afternoon matchup
TRURO – The Cobequid Cougars are game to play no matter who, no matter when.
Cobequid Cougars defensive back Reilly MacKinnon tries to tackle an Auburn Drive Eagles player in Cobequid’s home opener earlier this season. The Cougars are back at home today to host the unbeaten J.L. Ilsley Judges at 4 p.m. at James Macpherson Stadium. File photo
So it comes as no surprise the team is itching to get on the field today to take on one of high school football’s top teams in the J.L. Ilsley Judges at a less-than-ideal 4 p.m. kickoff at James Macpherson Stadium.
“It’s kind of an odd time to play,” Cougars head coach Scott Annand said. “It’s not really ideal but the kids are still excited to play.”
They’ll need that zest against the 3-0 Judges. The Cougars come into the contest at 1-1 after falling 17-6 to the Horton Griffins at Acadia University in their last Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Football League tilt. It has left a bad taste in the Cougars mouths which they’re looking to sweeten today.
“We beat ourselves,” Annand said. “We couldn’t execute and left a lot of points on the field and you can’t have success in games like that. So we’ve got to play with a lot more passion, be more physical and we’ve got to make plays.”
Cobequid will be forced to do so without starting quarterback Riley Jennings, who suffered an injury in the battle with Horton. Alex Upham, a 16-year-old North River resident, will take over at pivot for the Orange Crush.
“Some doors have opened and there are some new players who are going to get an opportunity to win a job,” Annand said.
And the task won’t be made any easier by J.L. Ilsley, who will be looking to keep that unblemished record intact when they leave the Hubtown tonight.
“They’re coming into our home as one of the top teams,” Annand said.
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