Cobequid extends season with playoff win over Halifax West
TRURO – A little change was just what the doctor ordered for the Cobequid Cougars.
The Cougars inserted Grade 10 quarterback Gabriel Bagnell into the lineup and used former QB Peter Millman just about everywhere else and the team rolled over the Halifax West Warriors 40-21 Sunday in their Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Football League Tier 2 quarter-final at CEC Field.
"I think so," said Cougars head coach Jason Williams when asked if he felt his team had something going with the changes. "We knew we had something in practice and I think it created a spark for the team to see a couple guys get shifted. It sends a message that we're not giving up and we're trying to put the team in a position to win every game."
The Cougars move on to host the Auburn Drive Eagles in next week's semifinal. A date and time for the game have yet to be announced.
Millman said he was fine with handing over the quarterback duties and added he just wanted to help his team's season continue.
"It didn't make sense to have a great QB like Gab sitting on the bench when I could do other things to help the team," Millman said.
"I think it really paid off. Gab did a great job and I got some good runs in too."
Millman collected 140 yards of offence, carrying the ball 11 times for 90 yards and a touchdown while collecting 50 yards on three catches. Bagnell completed eight on 14 passes and a touchdown.
Chad Samson scored a touchdown and walked away with 60 receiving yards while Devin Goodwin ran for 50 yards on 11 carries and recorded a major.
Williams decided to make the change after the Cougars backed into the playoffs with three consecutive losses to Sir John A. Macdonald, Dartmouth and C.P. Allen, dropping them to 4-4 and into the Tier 2 playoff bracket with a sixth-place finish.
"We could run the ball strong but teams were preparing for that," Williams said. "But we threw the ball better today and it made us harder to defend against."
Williams said his team also got back to having some fun on the field, which should carry over into this week's preparation for Auburn Drive.
"That's what it's all about," he said. "We're here to continue to get better but we're here to have fun and I think we did that today."