When football fans that see the Canadian Wildcats play in person for the first time, they expect a lot of completed passes (something a Fox Southwest reporter called “Air Canada” that has stuck), and may be surprised at the rushing yards from a State class backfield. However, little compares to the show they put on lining up what was originally called the NASCAR offense. The only thing slowing down the snap of the ball by Jr. Center Logan Godino as directed by QB Tanner Schafer is the official in charge of the spotting ball, which can be rewarding or frustrating. It has proven to be by far one of the most efficiently coached no-huddle, spread offenses of any class in Texas.
Head Coach Chris Koetting calls it “playing fast”. Not only does playing fast keep defenses on their heels with less time to read offensive formations, this well-conditioned unit of Canadian is still going full throttle against a fatigued defense come the fourth quarter. Senior Captain WR/LB Sawyer Cook says each week’s game plan isn’t dependent on how fast the officials spot the ball for the offense or maintaining a rhythm. “We just can’t let it affect us moving the ball.” On QB Schafer’s calm, but deliberate demeanor, Cook says is “contagious in the way he makes us run plays faster and be efficient.”
This fast paced, quick snapping offense continued its onslaught against area defenses Friday night victimizing Memphis to the tune of 49 points in the first half. QB Schafer was able to get all of the offensive work needed done in the first 19:18 of the game and rested his body and his stat sheet so reserve QB Corbin Douthitt could take over with 3:42 left in the 2nd quarter.
“Air Canada” Captain QB Schafer went 15 for 18, no INT, suffering only one sack from a blitzing Andrew Alexander and Matthew Haase of the Memphis defense. Of Schafer’s 15 completions, 4 were TD passes, 52 yards, 15 yards, and 14 yards all to WR Cameron Copley for the hat trick, and a 14 yard toss to WR Ryan Royse, scoring with a dive to tag the pylon. Three rushing TDs were tallied, 7 yards by Copley, 9 yards by RB Chance Cook, and a keeper by QB Douthitt from the 1 with 4:04 left in Q3.
Canadian standout RB Chance Cook (no relation to WR Sawyer Cook) had 32 yards rushing and one TD, with a run of 29 yards called back due to a penalty as he shared first half minutes with RB Bailey Urschel and RB Mario Flores. RB Cook also had a punt return scooped up from the turf for 37 yards which electrified the visiting crowd.
Not to be outdone by the impressive show from their offensive unit, Canadian’s defense didn’t allow a Memphis first down in the first half along with providing their offense with two turnovers in Q1 that were converted into points for the Wildcats. They then joined most of the starting offense on the sideline so the Canadian bench could get even deeper by adding the entire second half to their minutes of varsity experience and holding the shut-out on defense.
Next week Canadian will be on the road again to 4ADII Perryton to face HC David Flowers’ Rangers. Flowers, a former Canadian head coach and Perryton native, will have the Rangers ready to ignite the long time rivalry of the two Highway 83 schools that could prove to be one of the most exciting games scheduled in the regular season.
By Jerry Brunson, Canadian Wildcats Correspondent
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