Knights hoping win is in the cards
Football: HTA-Rundle College to meet in Big Rock semifinal
By: Bruce Campbell
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 06:00 am
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
While some guys were playing seven-card-hold-’em late at night in Sin City, Holy Trinity Academy coach Matt Hassett was studying film on the Rundle College Cobras on his Vegas weekend, trying to figure out how to stop running back Noah Muruve who rolled up more than 250 yards against the Foothills Falcons last week.
But Hassett wasn’t about to show his cards for the win-or-your done game this Friday against the Cobras in the Big Rock Conference semifinal.
“I watched the film on the weekend,” Hassett said from the Seattle airport Sunday. “We will have to tackle him low — wrap up his legs and take him down. So many times guys try to tackle him high, he just doesn’t go down.”
The Knights are going into the game with a boost of confidence, ending a two-game losing streak by downing the small, but feisty Highwood Mustangs 44-9 Oct. 10 in High River — the first game Hassett hasn’t been on the HTA sideline in 15 years.
The Knights know they can challenge Rundle— it took a touchdown late in the game for the Cobras to beat HTA 20-14 in September.
“I thought that was our best game of the year,” Hassett said. “Our defence played well and we also looked good against Highwood. So hopefully we can keep it going.”
Knights offensive co-ordinator Kyle Clay has the best winning percentage in HTA history at 1-0. He said he is hoping the win over the Mustangs will help get his sometimes sputtering offence on track.
“We played well — we were up 35-0 at halftime and then we got some young guys in,” Clay said. “It was a much improved effort for us offensively… I hope we continue that going into Rundle. We made some progress against Highwood… We are trying to minimize our mistakes.” Troy McGee got the start behind centre against Highwood and moved the ball. Grade 11 quarterback Spencer Kiranas did not dress due to getting his bell run earlier in the season. The hard-luck signal caller may be available against Rundle.
Cobras coach Brent Hargreaves said the close call in September caught his attention.
“They played us tough when we played them — we need to be ready for a physical game,” Hargreaves said. “We are going to have to contain their running back (HTA’s Donovan Curtis). We can’t take penalties like we did last time either.”
Rundle College is the defending Big Rock Conference champions. They are 5-1 and ranked third among Tier III schools in Alberta. HTA is 3-4.
Kick-off for Friday’s game is tentatively slated for 7 p.m. at Rundle College.