The Cochrane Cobras are heading home for the south final of the Tier III high school final on Saturday (Nov. 16) after a landslide win over the Winston Churchill Bulldogs.
Playing in Lethbridge, the Cobras were up 32-7 by the end of the first half and continued to contain the Bulldogs for the balance of the game on the way to a 39-7 win.
Cobras QB Xavier Vaillancourt racked up 280 yards in his aerial attack with a 74 per cent completion rate, leading to touchdowns by Ty Metcalfe, Derek Reid, and Ethan Stanley.
Running back Chase Hunt ran in two others for the Cobras.
Vaillancourt says the Cobras came out hot and scored a couple of quick touchdowns to take control of the game early.
He says he made a couple of mistakes in the second half that he'll have to clean up for the next two games.
Vaillancourt says the Cobras put up a strong defense to stymie the Bulldogs.
"The D played great as always," says Vaillancourt. "It's good to be able to rely on them in big games like this."
The Cobras now face the Crescent Heights Vikings of Medicine Hat here at the SLS Legacy Sports Field on Nov. 16. Kick-off is 1 p.m.
The Vikings squeezed by the W. H. Croxford Cavaliers in the other south semifinal, 22-21. It took double overtime to determine the winner.
The Vikings are ranked fifth in the province. The Cobras are at the top of the heap.
Whoever wins Saturday's game advances to the provincial final in Raymond, AB. on Nov. 23.
The Cobras are seeking their sixth consecutive provincial title.