Willow Creek Composite Cobras roll to biggest shut out win ever

By Tim Bryson, Coach of the WCCHS Cobras
Once again, the Willow Creek Composite High School Cobras started fast, but this time, they kept the momentum up throughout the game, on their way to a 72-0 win over the Chinook Coyotes in high school football action last Friday, Sept. 22, in Lethbridge.
The Coyotes are in a rebuild mode and were without two of their best players, so it had all the makings of a long night for the host team. The Cobras made sure the game was over quickly, scoring touchdowns on six of their seven possessions in the first half.
The first drive the Cobras score from 55 yards out on seven plays, with Nick Anderson taking it in from five yards out. The drive featured a mix of run and pass, as quarterback Robbie Hoffman and receiver Nic Harder exploited a huge size mismatch on the edge. After a punt block by Mike Berryman (our third of the season), Coltyn Lungal hauled in a four-yard pass by Hoffman. Lungal made a nice adjustment on a ball that had to be thrown through the uprights. After one 44-yard pass and run play from Hoffman to Lungal, Nick Anderson converted a second-and-20 play with a 34-yard reception, setting up Lungal’s 10-yard run. After the first Cobra punt of the game, and a conceded safety touch by Chinook, Hoffman hit Chayton Nidd in stride for a 75-yard touchdown pass. Logan Currie finished off the first half onslaught with a one-yard sneak.
The second half saw more of the same, as a one-yard touchdown plunge by Tason Perry and a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown by Ben Wallace padded the lead to 58-0 at three-quarter time. A five-yard pass from Nidd to Harder and a 23-yard run by Lungal finished the scoring.
Once again, the running game was by committee, churning out 161 yards on 18 carries. Ethan Perry, Chayton Nidd, Nick Anderson, and Coltyn Lungal each had a carry of at least 20 yards. Hoffman spread the ball around to six different receivers, completing 11 of 15 passes for 251 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Nic Harder picked up four receptions, while Lungal, Nidd, and Anderson had two catches each.
On defence, the Coyotes were limited to 43 net yards of offence and two first downs. Jarrid Baxter picked up six tackles, including two quarterback sacks, while Wallace and Aiden Pinkerton picked up interceptions. Tason Perry, Chayton Nidd and Ben Wallace were in on four tackles each.
Once a game gets out of hand like this, one looks for the little things to see if the players’ heads are still in the game. On this front, we were excellent. There were no illegal procedure, offside, or holding penalties, which are often an indicator of mental sloppiness.
For the second game in a row, a young offensive line did not yield any sacks. The players also walked away from any and all chippy, post-whistle situations. The kickoff coverage was excellent as well. The fivesome of Currie, Berryman, Wallace, Ethan Perry and Vincent Phoenix were hustling all night to balls that were always kicked to their side.
The play of backups such as Phoenix and Dan Schuepbach was outstanding, as the defence didn’t miss a beat when they went in.
Next up is Pincher Creek this Friday at the Snake Pit at 7 p.m. This will be followed by a Thursday night home affair against W.R. Myers of Taber next week.
Coach’s note…The first punt block in the Winston Churchill game last week that was picked up for a touchdown by Jackson Wright was actually off one of their own players, who backed up too far, likely in the face of the Berryman-Currie pressure buzzsaw.