Cobequid looking to finish regular season on a winning note at home
TRURO – The disappointment is written all over the faces and buried in the voices of the Cobequid Cougars.
Cobequid Cougars players Adam Kaulbach, left, Drew Erskine and Cory Watt go through some drills Thursday at practice at James Macpherson Stadium. The Cougars host the Sir John A. Macdonald Flames Saturday at 1 p.m. in their final high school regular season football contest. Matthew Veno – Truro Daily News
A 4-3 record slotting them in fifth place in the Scotia Division and out of Tier 1 playoff contention is not where the Cougars had aimed to be at this point in the season, facing their final regular season game Saturday at 1 p.m. when they host the Sir John A. Macdonald Flames (4-1) at James Macpherson Stadium.
“That’s not what this program and this school is about,” Cougars head coach Scott Annand said. “It’s very frustrating and very disappointing. I’m not happy, I don’t accept that and obviously some changes have to be made.”
Nonetheless, the Cougars still have a chance to host a consolation playoff game in a week’s time against the sixth seed from the Nova Division, which heading into this weekend is the Central Kings Gators (3-3).
There’s nothing the Cougars would like more than to finish the regular season on a winning note on their home turf.
“It’s been a while since we beat Sir John A,” Cougars quarterback Riley Jennings said. “So we definitely want to come out and give them our all and beat them.”
The Cougars have their work cut out for them. As they have for the past several years, the Flames bring the total package of a potent offence coupled with a stingy defence and will be no walk in the park for Cobequid.
“They have a new head coach this year but their systems really haven’t changed a whole lot, they’re very physical, they play hard, they’re the result of the majority of their players playing football year round in provincial programs and spring teams and that’s the difference,” Annand said. “They’re a team that’s averaging over 50 points per game so obviously they can score and they’ll be a huge challenge defensively. They have always been a solid defensive team and our offense has got its biggest mountain to climb this year.”
But Jennings, a 16-year-old Masstown resident, feels his Cougars can climb it. Jennings said he feels the Orange Crush have all the tools needed to be successful, they just haven’t put the package together yet.
“The skill is there, the talent is there, we have the plays, we have everything we need we just have to put it together,” he said. “We just have to keep the mental mistakes to a minimum. We can’t take silly penalties.”
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