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Mustangs to play for RVS football championship on Friday

Hoping their home-field advantage can spur them to a first divisional banner since 2014, the George McDougall Mustangs football team will play for the Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) title on Oct. 29 against the league's five-time defending champs, the Cochrane Cobras.
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The George McDougall Mustangs are still unbeaten as they look to secure the RVSA title on Oct. 29.

Hoping their home-field advantage can spur them to a first divisional banner in seven years, the George McDougall Mustangs football team will play for the Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) title on Oct. 29 against the league's five-time defending champs, the Cochrane Cobras.

The Mustangs booked their ticket to the title game by overcoming the Chestermere Lakers 50-14 in the playoff semi-finals on Oct. 21. The same day, the Cobras clinched their spot in the final by beating the Burt Church Chargers 41-13 in the other semi-final.

According to Mustangs head coach Chris Glass, the Friday afternoon battle at Ed Eggerer Athletic Park will mark the first time the Airdrie stadium has ever hosted a league championship game. The game will get underway at 3:45 p.m.

"We are excited to play this game at home for the first time in a long time," Glass said. "Our fans have been loud all year long and the atmosphere will be electric. Our players are ready to go and want to get to Friday as fast as possible."

George McDougall's football team is enjoying its best season since 2014, when they last won the RVSA title over Cochrane. The Cobras have enjoyed a dynasty since then, winning the RVSA championship every year from 2015 to 2019.

On paper, the game should be a well-fought contest, as Cochrane and George McDougall have been the RVSA's powerhouse teams this season. George Mac ended the regular season in first place with an unbeaten 6-0 record, while the Cobras finished as runners-up with a 5-1 record, their only loss handed to them by the Mustangs.

In terms of provincial rankings, the Cobras go into the banner game ranked second among Tier III schools by Football Alberta, while the Mustangs are also ranked second, albeit among Alberta's Tier II schools due to George McDougall's higher enrolment.

When they played in the regular season earlier this season, the Mustangs overcame a 28-0 deficit in the first half to beat the Cobras 30-28. The Hollywood-inspired upset ended a 40-plus-game unbeaten run that Cochrane had enjoyed in the RVSA, and marked George McDougall's first triumph over the scarlet-clad Cobras since the Mustangs won the RVSA championship game in 2014.

Regardless of the final outcome, the 2021 season will continue into November for both teams, as Cochrane will be the RVSA's representative in the Tier III Football Alberta provincial championships, while George McDougall will be the Tier II representative. Cochrane is currently the six-time defending Tier III provincial champs, having won the Alberta Bowl crown every year since 2014.

Chargers vs. Cavaliers

Airdrie's other two high school football teams – the W.H. Croxford Cavaliers and the Bert Church Chargers – will see out their 2021 seasons with a consolation game against each other on Thursday. The game will get underway Oct. 28 at 3:30 p.m. at Ed Eggerer Athletic Field.

The Chargers are currently boasting a 3-3-1 record after their semi-final defeat to Cochrane, while the Cavaliers will enter their final game with a 2-5 record.

Bert Church came out on top when the two teams played each other in the regular season, downing the Cavaliers 34-6 on Oct. 8.


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