Lauther gains 300 yards in Cougars victory
TRURO – Cobequid Cougars fans finally got to see what their team has been up to this season Sunday at CEC Field.
The Cougars trounced the Central Kings Gators 34-14 in their home opener in front of about 500 fans, extending their perfect record to 3-0. Central Kings, a team new this season to the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Football League, falls to 0-3.
“Oh yeah,” said head coach Jason Williams when asked if he was pleased with Sunday’s performance. “Without question our goal is to win football games and it’s nice to win our third.”
Although the Cougars didn’t know what to expect from Central Kings, they knew being one of the league’s top teams thus far meant the Gators were going to come to the Hubtown hungry for a win.
“We knew they were going to come hard but we wanted it a bit more,” said Cobequid slotback Chad Samson, who scored a pair of touchdowns to help his team to the win.
Running back Jordan Lauther’s workhorse effort saw him score a pair of majors on 31 carries for 306 yards. Quarterback Peter Millman completed six passes for 84 yards while throwing an interception.
On the defensive side of the ball, Luc Lavers executed six tackles and made an interception while his brother Josh made eight tackles. Liam Fitzgerald made seven tackles and recovered a fumble.
The Cougars built a 24-7 lead by halftime but stepped on the gas in the second half to seal the win.
“Coach gave us a talking to in the locker room and told us to step up and we came out better in the second half,” Samson said.
Williams said the Cougars’ defence was key in holding Central Kings at bay while allowing the Cobequid offence to go to work.
“I think our defence played very well,” Williams said. “They stopped Central Kings and got our offence back on the field.”
But the contest illustrated some issues the Cougars need to address with their bye week this week ahead of their annual Turkey Bowl showdown with the Citadel Phoenix on Oct. 10. Williams said the Cougars played “our most penalty-filled game of the season” which can’t continue with annual contenders Citadel, Sir John A. Macdonald and Dr. John Hugh Gillis all coming to Truro in the next few weeks.
“We have to improve on that because you’re not going to win big football games with that many penalties,” Williams said.
“There’s always something to work on,” he said.