Playing under the lights at the new Cobra field has been everything the team had hoped.

"The experience has just been Friday Night Lights," says Cobras head coach Rob McNab. "Lots of people, lots of kids running around having a good time, the smell of hot dogs. You know, it just feels like that American atmosphere here, and the lights just add to it."

This Friday at 7 p.m. they'll be playing their third night game to kick off the first round of the Rocky View playoffs.

With one loss on the season, the second-seeded Cobras (5-1) are hosting the fourth-seeded Croxford Cavalier (3-3) in the semifinals.

The undefeated George McDougall play the Springbank Phoenix in the other semifinal matchup. The winners will compete for the divisional banner on Oct. 28.

McNab says the Cobras are looking for the win, but their top priority remains the provincial playoffs.

"We feel pretty good. We've got some injuries right now that we have to take care of, but hopefully, we can get by this weekend, rest some guys, and get ready for provincials."

"For us, it boils down to the provincials. The Rocky View championship is great, but it's just the bragging rights through Rocky View."

The Cobras will be competing in the Tier 2 provincials this season.

"Each year we evaluate what's the best fit, and we feel like tier 2 is the right place for us this season."

Heading into play this week, they are ranked fourth in the province by Football Alberta. The Chinook Coyotes of Lethbridge are at the top.

Of interest, the George Mc Mustangs have announced they'll be competing for the Larry Wilson Tier 1 provincial title. They are currently ranked fifth, climbing from seventh the week previous.

Cobras competed in the Larry Wilson division last season and lost a south final nailbiter in the dying seconds. The Calgary's All-Saint Legends advanced to the provincial championship game by scoring a last-minute touchdown and one-point convert for a 21-20 win against the Cobras.