TRURO – There will be no quick turnaround this week for the Cobequid Cougars.
The team learned Wednesday the Dr. John Hugh Gillis Royals (1-3) have forfeited their Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Football League tilt, which was scheduled for Friday in Antigonish. The banged-up Royals cited several injuries to players for being unable to field a team.
The development means Cobequid (1-2), sixth in the Scotia Division, is automatically credited with a victory. But it didn’t feel that way for head coach Scott Annand.
“High School football is such a short, intense season,” he said. “Missing a game reduces a huge percentage of your playing time so it’s disappointing to everyone involved.”
The Cougars will be idle until their Oct. 13 date in the Turkey Bowl with the Citadel Phoenix (3-1) at Saint Mary’s University.
It is the third forfeit by a team in the 18-team league this season. Although he was disappointed by the news, Annand said he understood the hardship the Royals are in.
“I can certainly see where they’re coming from,” he said. “You need the bodies. It’s a game of collision and teams like CEC, Citadel, Sir John A., they have depth and that’s big.”
The Cougars were champing at the bit to get back on the field after Monday’s 21-20 home setback to the J.L. Ilsley Judges, which saw Cobequid score 17 second-half points after trailing 15-3 at the break. Annand said he felt the team was just starting to build some positive momentum.
“Especially with our offence and the way they started to move the ball and got an air attack going and that was exciting.”
The Cougars will continue on their practice schedule for the week and play an intersquad game Friday before taking the weekend off. They’ll get back to work Monday to prepare for the annual Turkey Bowl.
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