Bantam Eagles run out of steam
Football: Foothills watches halftime lead slip away in 32-15 loss
By: By Remy Greer
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 02, 2013 06:00 am
A tale of two halves swung the wrong way on the Foothills Bantam Eagles.
Foothills saw its 9-8 halftime lead disappear when the Calgary Cowboys (Navy) surged to a 32-15 victory in Calgary Bantam Football Association action, Saturday at Shouldice Park.
“The first half we executed. We got our runs, we got our passes and great catches and then we got overconfident,” said Foothills’ David Bowers. “When they started scoring touchdowns some guys got down.
“We have to learn how to have heart as a team, even when we’re down.”
Typically a slotback, Bowers was pushed into the feature back role in the absence of injured tailbacks Conor McGee, Tyler Going and Jude Oh. The first-year Eagle held his own just weeks removed from his introduction to the sport.
“David’s one of those guys that has excellent potential. Two weeks ago he wasn’t ready,” said Eagles head coach John Price. “Today he matured a little bit and started to get confident.”
Quarterback Tyson Pitcher found Bowers for a 25-yard touchdown pass to put Foothills on the board, which along with a rouge from Calgary, gave the Eagles the 9-8 advantage at the half.
Calgary found paydirt in the first minute of the second half and controlled the contest from then on out. A pair of outside runs from midfield gave the Cowboys a 32-9 lead in the dying moments of the tilt.
“The Cowboys are a well-coached team. They made adjustments at halftime and attacked our weak spots,” Price said. “We had newer guys in there and they didn’t understand what it all meant with different guys blocking them, to adjust to their adjustments.”
On the final possession of the game, Bowers’ outside running marched the ball down the field and led to a 20-yard sweep to the end-zone for the rookie’s second score of the contest.
“We’re both great teams and the team that has the most mistakes is going to lose,” Bowers said. “We had the most mistakes so we lost, but other than that it was a great team effort and I’m proud of my team.”
The Eagles (2-4) will look to snap their current three-game slide when they tackle the winless Calgary Hilltoppers on Saturday.
Kick-off is 9 a.m. at Shouldice Park. Foothills then wraps-up its regular season on Oct. 12 versus the Calgary Colts.
In Peewee action, the Eagles improved to a North Division best 5-1 with a narrow 16 to 6 victory over the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday afternoon.
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