The Cochrane Cobras football team has broken in their school's new artificial turf with a 52-0 landslide win over the Bert Church Chargers, Sept. 8.
A packed house cheered on as the Cobras took a 27-0 lead at the half and almost doubled it in the second, even after relieving some of the starting lineup halfway through the third quarter.
It was Tate Larsen who fought his way through three defenders of the Chargers to score the Cobras' first touchdown with 5:40 remaining in the first quarter. He ran in a second one in the second quarter and went in as relief quarterback midway through the third.
Logan Horwood was perfect in the afternoon game, kicking seven converts and a field goal.
Quarterback Noah Makkreel has won his first two games since being named the team's starting quarterback this season.
He says leading the team to victory on the new field was special, and enjoyed playing in front of the hometown crowd on the Cobra Dome.
"It felt good, with the entire Cobra family we have here," says Makkreel.
He's happy with his performance so far this season after serving in the backup role last year and playing for the Bow Valley Bobcats the season before.
"There are little things to clean up, but we did pretty good. I mean, the scoreboard shows that, so we're pretty happy."
Receiver Colton Shellborn had a stellar game, going up to make some spectacular catches to gain plenty of real estate for the Cobras.
He enjoyed the entire vibe of the matchup.
"They were a fun team to play against, lots of people came out, and there were lots of fun activities, so it was great."
He had plenty of family in the stands for the game, including his parents, grandparents, and lots of cousins from Bearspaw and area.
His voice still a little harsh from a half-time talk, head coach Rob McNab says the team had to overcome a rough start.
"Overall, we did pretty good, but the first quarter and a half was pretty slow. I think the festivities and excitement in the building maybe got to the kids a little bit. We came out busting banners and all of that and I think the kids' minds weren't in it for a bit."
The Cobras are expecting to face their first real test of the season when they host an exhibition game against Holy Rosary on Sept. 15.
Makkreel says, bring it on.
"It will be a treat to play them. Who doesn't love to have a hard game?"
Head coach McNab says it gives the team a chance to see how they size up to Holy Rosary.
"It will be a good competitive game with a team from outside our league, and that's what you want to have."
The Cobras are 2-0 on the season, beating the W. H. Croxford Cavaliers, 39-7. in their season opener on the road, Sept. 1
To launch the return to the Cobra Dome, there were tailgate games and an opening ceremony.
Glen Reece was saluted for being the voice of the Cobras for over 25 years. The broadcast booth has been named in his honour.
At half-time, youth had a chance to run the field with Cochrane High mascot Coby the Cobra. The barbecue and concession crew were kept busy the entire game.
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