#CFC50 game preview (NS): No. 43 Charles P. Allen Cheetahs set for home battle against Cavaliers

The #CFC50 No. 43 Charles P. Allen Cheetahs sit a perfect 3-0 as they get set to square off against the Cole Harbour High Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers are coming off a tough home loss to the talented CEC Cougars, and they will have their hands full once again this week as they head on the road to take on one of the most challenging opponents in the league.

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The Cheetahs’ defence has only allowed a combined 26 points through the first three regular season games, and their offence has scored a remarkable 102 points in that same three-game span.

After taking down the ultra-talented Citadel Phoenix in a week 2 battle for the ages, the Cheetahs are now coming off an impressive 32-0 showing against Sackville High School.

Led by their head coach, Mike McPherson, the Cheetahs are not a team that gets caught up in their own hype. In the sport of football there is always room to improve and fine tune one’s game, and coach McPherson is making sure that his team never gets complacent and always stays focused on playing tough and disciplined football.

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“At this point in our season there’s certainly lots of positives but we know there’s also lots of work to do yet,” the Cheetahs’ head coach said.

“In order to make the playoffs and have a chance at a championship, we will need to continue to work harder and get better every week.”

The Cavaliers have an athletic group of players and a focus on execution which allows them to keep improving week to week. Coach McPherson’s Cheetahs are working to tighten up their fundamentals to make sure they do an effective job of containing Cole Harbour’s impact players.

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Whether it is Logan Neil and Sam Beck on the defensive line or their offensive talent such as Dawson Keirstead and Jason Watts, the Cavaliers possess a well-rounded group that will make this game a challenge for the Cheetahs.

“CHH Has some athletes on both sides of the ball that we will need to account for in our preparation for Friday,” coach McPherson said.

Despite their huge win in their game against Sackville, coach McPherson knows his team needs to make sure no points are left on the field Friday night.

“Last game we were not overly satisfied with the amount of penalties and stalled drives on offence and we’ll be striving to fix this vs CHH,” the Cheetahs’ head coach said.

With the strong rushing attack and mobile quarterback play CPA presents, Cole Harbour’s defence will need to lock down on their reads and make sure things stay in between the tackles during Friday’s game. Cole Harbour will look to apply consistent pressure on Cheetahs quarterback Ian Oyler.

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The Keys to victory in this matchup will come down to who is able to control the pace of play on offence and who plays 4 quarters of mistake-free football.

“Sustaining well balanced drives without penalties and mistakes will be our focus on Friday,” coach McPherson said. “Avoiding turnovers, penalties and playing hard for the full 48 minutes.”

“We are looking for better consistency throughout 4 quarters of the game and are hoping to eliminate or at very least minimize the amount of penalties and mistakes vs. CHH.”

On the defensive side of the ball, the Cheetahs’ stout unit has been nothing short of excellent this season. But never being satisfied, a good coach always finds ways to sharpen their team’s focus and keep the train rolling.

Coming off their dominant victory against Sackville, the Cheetahs’ defence is finding their stride and developing into the type of consistent group that can shut down anything an opponent throws their way.

“Defence played well vs. Sackville, need to build off this effort and continue to improve as a unit,” coach McPherson said.

“We have been putting a lot of emphasis on safe/quality tackling and we’ll continue to make this an area of focus.”

As far as the Cheetahs injury situation goes, the team is dealing with the typical ailments most team’s can expect at this point in the season. And while coach McPherson says a few guys are a bit banged up, their depth and balance will prevent his team from slowing down anytime soon.

“We have been battling a fair amount of the flu the last 7 days which has impacted us a bit, but we just need to fight through this as best we can,” offered the Cheetahs’ head coach. “The bug is likely making its way around other teams too, we need to manage it accordingly and hopefully we get healthy soon.”

Already 2-0 at home this season, we expect the Cheetahs to thrive once again on the Bedford turf. Cole Harbour has shown a lot of potential and there is no doubt that they can compete with any team in the division, but they are faced with a nearly insurmountable challenge in the CPA Cheetahs.

Friday evening’s showdown between the #CFC50 No. 43 Charles P. Allen Panthers and the Cole Harbour High Cavaliers starts at 7 PM at the Bedford-Hammonds Plains field in Bedford, Nova Scotia.

 

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