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Comets get first victory of the season in Regina

Posted on September 9, 2016 by Westwind Weekly

By Jonathan Guignard

Twitter: @guij26

The Comets bounced back with a victory last Saturday, turning things around after a loss in the season opener.

On a trip to Regina, the team beat Campbell College High School 22-15.

Head coach Darryl Salmon saw quite an improvement over their game against Bev Facey and is hoping it continues going forward.

“I think we are getting a little better. We are starting to run our offence a little better. Our O-line is starting to play a little more aggressively. Our running backs played well and our defence is coming along too,” said Salmon.

Salmon said it was a good effort against a solid team and the win was a good step in the right direction.

“They had a really good quarterback who was pretty mobile and could connect. I thought they had a really good receiver that we had to be aware of. It’s something we will see against LCI, so I think it was good for us,” said Salmon.

He said the difference had to do with the level of intensity the team showed in Regina.

“We are just being a little more aggressive. I think they are starting to become a little more comfortable in what we are trying to ask them to do,” said Salmon.

It’s early in the season with a lot of football left to play and Salmon understands there are still things the team needs to improve on.

“Sometimes we don’t tackle well and we don’t take good angles to the ball carriers on defence. We don’t always sustain some of our blocks and sometimes we’re not as aggressive as we need to be,” said Salmon.

Salmon is confident the team can eventually get there.

“Through practice and different things like that we will essentially get to those points. It’s kind of a mindset that when you play football you need to want to hit and do those types of things. It’s a mindset more than anything,” said Salmon.

Up next for the Comets is a game against Lloydminster. Being a late fill into the schedule, Salmon doesn’t know much about them, but is making sure his team is ready to go.

“We’re going to put in a few new plays and sharpen up what we need to, like increase our tempo a little bit. We are going to worry about ourselves and do what we need to in order to win,” said Salmon.

The game will be played in Raymond at Victoria Park stadium Friday night.

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