The Chatham-Kent Cougars Varsity team lost to Guelph 39-9. Offense and defense were solid, but a weak 2nd quarter and poor special teams play contributed to the defeat.
Chatham started on defense with a quick 2 and out and received the ball with great field position. Mainly on the running by Tanner Shuians drove the ball to the Guelph 4 yard line. Cougars had 3 chances for a TD but could not execute. Offense moved the ball consistently but struggle to finish in the red zone.
Tanner Shuians rushed for over 100 yards and Gabe Gagner rushed for another 54yards, John McCauley and Jalen Butcher were consistent at QB. Kelton Evans gave the team a spark in the 4th quarter with a drive that was mainly throwing where Baylis caught a few long passes to setup a deep pass to Jake Anderson for a TD. Defense played a bend but didn’t break game. Have many 2 and outs, many QB hurries and sacks and kept the running game in check. Carter wood had 2 sacks, Josh Kita had another 2, Valihora had 1 sack, and Josh Graham had 1 interception. Penney, Jake Lindley, Josh Kita, Kenny Levesque, and Rick O’Rourke lead the team in tackles. On Special teams we gave up 2 TDS on punt returns, Guelph recovered 2 onside kicks, and lost crucial field position. The Special teams and will need to improve this week as the Cougars face the Forest City Thunderbirds Saturday night in Sarnia at Norm Perry Park.