Cobequid beats Gillis to recover from Turkey Bowl setback
TRURO – The Cobequid Cougars left CEC Field Sunday feeling better about themselves than they had a week earlier.
The Cougars recovered from a crushing loss to the Citadel Phoenix in Thanksgiving's Turkey Bowl with a 46-14 victory over the Dr. John Hugh Gillis Royals.
"Any time you can get a win on your home field and erase some not so good memories is good for everybody," Cougars head coach Jason Williams said. "So it was good to get that win (yesterday)."
The win lifts the Cougars to 4-1 to stay in the hunt for the Scotia Division's top spot in the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Football League. The Royals fall to 2-3.
The Cougars were able toexecutebetteron both sides of the ball, paving the way to the win.
"I think we played well all around," Williams said. "The defence played well and we had some big plays on special teams that were a big help in getting our offence back on the field.
"And on offence we executed better so it was definitely a step forward and that's what we needed."
Cobequid was forced to make some changes in practice last week thanks to the loss to Citadel and injuries to key runningback Jordan Lauther and offensive lineman Gaven MacDonald. Williams was happy with how his team responded.
"We talked about adjustments and we went out and executed them," he said. "Sometimes that doesn't always happen so it was nice to see."
Senior linebacker Liam Fitzgerald said that was key to getting the victory and gives the Cougars confidence going into next Sunday's meeting with the Sir John A Macdonald Flames.
"It's good to know we are still strong without those guys," he said. "Now we know we've got some depth. Tristan (Jennings) played both ways for us and he was huge."
Williams said the victory was a significant shot in the arm for his squad, considering it is in the middle of a four-game home stand with two more games remaining on the road to finish the season.
"Losing two in a row at home is never good," he said. "Now the guys have some confidence back and we played well and won."