Cobequid makes critical mistake before kickoff
TRURO – The only team the Cobequid Cougars beat Sunday was themselves.
The Cougars took a 52-0 spanking from the Sir John A. Macdonald Flames in their final regular season game at CEC Field. And the result was decided before any player stepped on the field as the Cougars took themselves out of the contest with their state of mind.
“We came in way too cocky today and with our heads up thinking we had already won the game and we didn’t play,” Cougars quarterback Peter Millmansaid following the contest. “We’ve got to do some soul searching and see what we have to do next week.”
The win pulls the Flames even with Cobequid at 4-2 in the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s Scotia Division. Cobequid hits the road for its final two games of the regular season, starting next Monday in Dartmouth against the Spartans. The Cougars finish the schedule Nov. 5 at C.P. Allen, a make-up game from Week 1.
Cougars coach Jason Williams was also disappointed with his team’s effort and the eventual result.
“We’ve got to make plays and execute better,” Williams said on the field as his players walked past on their way to the dressing room. “If you don’t tackle and you don’t block it’s hard to make plays.”
There was little for the 400 Cougars supporters in the stands yesterday to cheer about. The Flames marched down the field all game and when they didn’t score, they forced Cobequid to start from deep in their own territory where the Flames kept them pinned.
“There’s nobody hanging their heads. That’s not how we operate here.” CEC Coach Jason Williams
“We knew they were a good team coming in,” Williams said. “But did we expect the score we got today? Absolutely not. They made big plays and we didn’t.”
The Cougars couldn’t help but feel like they were watching a horrific replay of their 70-13 loss to the Citadel Phoenix on Thanksgiving weekend.
“We made stupid mistakes every play of the game and all the little things we could have done wrong, we did wrong,” Millman said.
But after bouncing back last week with a 46-14 win over the Dr. John Hugh Gillis Royals, the Cougars came into Sunday’s contest feeling they had been washed clean of their sins.
“We thought we redeemed ourselves and it was going to be smooth cruising to the end of the season but the playoffs aren’t going to be given to us, we’ve got to play for them,” Millman said.
Although it wasn’t the result the Cougars were looking for, the team is thankful it is learning lessons in the regular season, giving the coaches and players time to improve before playoffs.
“We’re going to live to play another day,” Williams said. “It opens our eyes. We’re out here every day and we’re going to take these guys and make them better football players.
“There’s nobody hanging their heads. That’s not how we operate here.”