The Cochrane Cobras football team continue to churn out the talent as another pair of athletes on their roster signed their letters of intent with the University of Calgary Dinos.
Receiver Dawson Gladue and linebacker Cayne Yacey will join the likes of Joseph Bell, Dylan Neis and Erik Nusl on the University of Calgary campus next fall.
"I've been going to U of C football games all my life and have been around the campus a lot for other sporting events," Gladue said of his decision to sign with the Dinos over the several other schools looking to add him to their program.
"It has always seemed like a great place to go to school and it's also close to Cochrane which means I have the chance to see my family and friends. It'll be nice knowing kids on the team, I think we will all push each other to get better and it will be a lot of fun continuing to play with those guys."
"Playing for Cochrane High helped a lot. There is a great coaching staff here and I'm very lucky to have all these great experienced coaches. ."
Gladue – who was named one of the team's top receivers at the Cobras awards banquet while Yacey was one of the recipients of the Coaches Award – helped the Cobras to a 6-0 in league play, and 3-0 in the provincial tournament. They captured their fifth straight Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association (ASAA) provincial championship after defeating the Holy Rosary Raiders 25-8 in the final game.
“I’m super excited to be signing with the Dinos I’ve wanted to go there for some time because of how great their programs are in both athletics and academics. So being able to sign with them is the best opportunity I could ask for,” Yacey said.
“A large majority of it, the coaches know what they’re doing and express that by developing skills that next level athletes need in order to perform. Without playing at Cochrane High I wouldn’t be the player I am today.”
The Cobras scored an astounding 391 points over the course of those nine games, averaging just over 40 points per game while only allowing 79 points over the course of the season. An average of just over eight points per game.
So far this season, both have played key roles in helping the Cobras jump out to a 3-0 start in the Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) league while scoring 175 points and only giving up seven.
Gladue said he recognized a lot of similarities between the Cobras and the Dinos in terms of how they're very successful on a year-to-year basis.
"They both have highly competitive programs and I like that a lot about the University of Calgary," Gladue said. "I'm excited to get involved and see what I can bring to the team. I'm just going to take it practice by practice .... Overall, I'd like to be the best player I can be."