If the Metro Mustangs win their third straight Nova Scotia Varsity Football League crown this summer, it won’t come easily. Not according to their head coach.
“It’s going to be tough this year,” said the Mustangs’ Rob Morgan. “No teams are showing signs of weakness and there’s a lot of balance. Our work is definitely cut out for us.”
The Mustangs have won the past two under-20 championships in the NSVFL, which was established in 2005.
Sackville’s Ben Rossong and Charles P. Allen’s Andrew Healy, MVP winners of their respective high school tiers last fall, lead the Mustangs’ potentially explosive attack. The two quarterbacks are expected to share field time evenly.
Running back Zack Clarke, Rossong’s high school teammate, will be the key to the Mustangs’ ground game.
“Rossong and Healy will be a key for us on offence but we should have a pretty balanced attack,” said Morgan.
“We’ve lost some key players defensively and have some building to do. Offensively, we’ll be as strong or stronger (than last season).”
The under-20 league features the province’s top high school players and some university players, including Dartmouth Knights running back Nick Downey of Acadia.
The Mustangs, Knights, Halifax Hornets and Valley-Windsor War Dogs comprise the four-team circuit. All teams are in action on Friday at Huskies Stadium starting at 6 p.m.