|2015 Senior Mustangs in Cochrane|
J. Davis photos and video
On Friday September 11, the Pincher Creek Mustangs won their away exhibition game against the Cochrane Bobcats 34-19. The Mustangs started the game off incredibly strong, setting the pace with their kick-off team, completely walling the Bobcats offense with their defensive line, and scoring an early-game touchdown. They remained in the lead in the second quarter, but the Bobcats' offensive managed to make a touchdown by running the ball down the Mustangs' outside lane. The Mustangs ended the first half of the game in the lead 21-7. At the start of the second half the Mustangs suffered from a few minor penalties and misplays, and the ended the quarter still in the lead but by only two points, 21-19. However, the Mustangs pulled together and got their heads back in the game in the fourth quarter, and scored two more touchdowns for good measure to secure a decisive 34-19 win.
The weather was warm and sunny in Cochrane, and the Mustangs were in a pretty good mood getting off the bus. Head Coach Wayne Alexander felt his team was fairly well prepared for this game. “We’re the best we’ve ever been in terms of pass completion,” he said. The focus of the coaches’ talks going into the game was keeping player’s minds in the game, avoiding penalties, tackling hard, and setting the pace with their kick-off and kick-off return teams.
|Mustangs #81 TE-DE/LB Matthew Duncan making a catch|
|Mustangs #18 SLB-LB/DHB Logan Kaack with the ball|
|Mustangs #12 QB-C/S Kyle Knowlton prepares to pass|
|Mustangs #20 SLB-LB Tyler Riviere with the ball|
|Mustangs #35 FB-LB Ben Riviere tackles a Cochrane player|
“The game plan was to kick-off to them, pin them deep in it, and put the ball in a field position for a touchdown, which is exactly what happened. We ran the ball, we passed. Those were the first two plays I wanted to run. I wanted to get our quarterback a completion, I wanted that receiver to catch the ball, and I wanted to make yards on the first line. And we did it all!” He was proud of this year’s senior Mustangs for keeping their heads in the game, and not giving up when the Bobcats started to catch up.
“I’m proud of my boys,” said Game Day Co-ordinator Dan Crawford. “The highlight for me is seeing the smiles on their faces when they come back in off the field after doing something well, whether it’s a run, a catch, a hit, or a block, whatever it is.” He said the Mustangs kept their heads, and didn’t get down on themselves when something went wrong. “We played with respect.” He also commented on the growth he saw in young quarterback Kyle Knowlton. “He made some really good plays out there.” He also commented on the teamwork and camaraderie of his players. “When it works, it’s because the whole team works, at the same time, and in the same direction. If one person doesn’t do it right, then the play doesn’t work. We had a lot of plays that worked.”
|Mustangs #22 SLB/R-C/S/DH BBruce Kirby blocking a Cochrane play|
Pincher Creek's Senior Mustangs are next scheduled to play against High River's own Mustangs in another exhibition game on Saturday September 19 in High River, with kick-off scheduled for noon. High River will be looking to improve on the blanking they received at Pincher Creek's hands on August 28.
Gallery: 2015 Senior Mustangs
Photos by T. Lucas. C. Davis, J. Davis
2015 Senior Mustangs Schedule:(home games in blue, schedule subject to change)