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Cougars dominate Tazewell in scrimmage

TAZEWELL — Pulaski County saw its first action against a football team wearing different colored uniforms Friday morning and it was a pretty smooth outing for an opening dress rehearsal.
The Cougars scored three touchdowns, and kicked two field goals and Tazewell managed to cross the 50-yard line only once as Pulaski County was the dominant squad.
The Cougars will be on display again this Friday at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium for the annual “Harvey’s GM Touchdown Classic.’’ Pulaski County will lock horns with pre-season number one ranked Brookville during the “Classic,’’ a team with four Division 1 football recruits.
Pulaski County scoring plays came on a two-yard run up the middle by fullback Seth Parris, an eight-yard sweep by Jolly Martin, and a three-yard run by Robert Cobbs. Logan Haynes connected on field goals of 32 and 25 yards, and he hit two of three extra points.
The Cougars moved the ball consistently well on the ground and 12 different players ran with the pigskin and every player that made the trip through the gap saw good playing time.
Nubian Peak led the way with 127 yards on just nine carries. His longest run was 40. Parris ran for 50 on five carries. His longest was 30. Tahrick Peak ran twice for 17 yards, Trey Smith had three carries for 16, and fullback E.J. Dobbins was impressive with 39 yards on four attempts and he also caught a pass that turned into a 27-yard gainer.
Quarterback Luke Watson ran twice for four yards and he was also two of four passing for 29 yards. Martin ran twice for 20, Ramell Cobbs got 25 yards on five attempts, Robert Cobbs got 13 yards on three runs, Tommy Wojcik got eight yards on two carries, and Randall Cobbs had a 15-yard jaunt on his only attempt.
The Cougars ran for 326 yards, and Watson passed for 29 yards for a total offense of 355 yards on 45 snaps. That’s an average gain of 7.88 yards per play.
The defensive performance was as pleasing if not more so for Pulaski County. Antwyn Calfee blocked a punt, Wojcik had his pass interception, safety Zane Quesenberry also got a pick, and Josh Miller got a quarterback sack, but the overall package was the most impressive. The Cougar defensive front put pressure on Tazewell as the Bulldogs tried to operate out of a spread most of the time. The linebackers made most of the tackles from sideline to sideline, and the secondary covered and tackled extremely well.
“We’re really happy with our defense,’’ said Pulaski County head coach Jack Turner. “I think we played physical. We controlled the line of scrimmage. Our all new set of linebackers got to the football, and we covered well in the secondary. Offensively, we wanted to give our line a good test. That’s why we didn’t throw very much. We need work up front. Today told us we need to continue to work in that area. But Watson ran the offense well. Our execution was pretty good. Overall, for the first scrimmage, we have to be pleased. We have work to do. We must improve up front offensively, but we can, and I think we will. It was a good day of work. Now it’s on to the ‘Classic’ and things get a little tougher. For sure, we’ll know where we’re at and how much work is left to do next Friday night,’’ said Turner.
The six-team “Harvey’s GM Touchdown Classic’’ field is Pulaski County, Tazewell, Radford, Covington, Patrick Henry-Glade Spring and Brookville. Action begins at 4 p.m., gates open at 3:30, admission is $5.
Teams will be in full game dress, the scoreboard lights will burn, and concessions will be in full operation.
Also, next Sunday, right here on the pages of  The Southwest Times, the annual “Spirit of Autumn’’ football edition will land on your porch. The special section will focus on Pulaski County’s Cougars, Virginia Tech, and prep football from around the area. Yes sir, it’s almost football time in southwest Virginia!

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Cougars dominate Tazewell in scrimmage

TAZEWELL — Pulaski County saw its first action against a football team wearing different colored uniforms Friday morning and it was a pretty smooth outing for an opening dress rehearsal.
The Cougars scored three touchdowns, and kicked two field goals and Tazewell managed to cross the 50-yard line only once as Pulaski County was the dominant squad.
The Cougars will be on display again this Friday at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium for the annual “Harvey’s GM Touchdown Classic.’’ Pulaski County will lock horns with pre-season number one ranked Brookville during the “Classic,’’ a team with four Division 1 football recruits.
Pulaski County scoring plays came on a two-yard run up the middle by fullback Seth Parris, an eight-yard sweep by Jolly Martin, and a three-yard run by Robert Cobbs. Logan Haynes connected on field goals of 32 and 25 yards, and he hit two of three extra points.
The Cougars moved the ball consistently well on the ground and 12 different players ran with the pigskin and every player that made the trip through the gap saw good playing time.
Nubian Peak led the way with 127 yards on just nine carries. His longest run was 40. Parris ran for 50 on five carries. His longest was 30. Tahrick Peak ran twice for 17 yards, Trey Smith had three carries for 16, and fullback E.J. Dobbins was impressive with 39 yards on four attempts and he also caught a pass that turned into a 27-yard gainer.
Quarterback Luke Watson ran twice for four yards and he was also two of four passing for 29 yards. Martin ran twice for 20, Ramell Cobbs got 25 yards on five attempts, Robert Cobbs got 13 yards on three runs, Tommy Wojcik got eight yards on two carries, and Randall Cobbs had a 15-yard jaunt on his only attempt.
The Cougars ran for 326 yards, and Watson passed for 29 yards for a total offense of 355 yards on 45 snaps. That’s an average gain of 7.88 yards per play.
The defensive performance was as pleasing if not more so for Pulaski County. Antwyn Calfee blocked a punt, Wojcik had his pass interception, safety Zane Quesenberry also got a pick, and Josh Miller got a quarterback sack, but the overall package was the most impressive. The Cougar defensive front put pressure on Tazewell as the Bulldogs tried to operate out of a spread most of the time. The linebackers made most of the tackles from sideline to sideline, and the secondary covered and tackled extremely well.
“We’re really happy with our defense,’’ said Pulaski County head coach Jack Turner. “I think we played physical. We controlled the line of scrimmage. Our all new set of linebackers got to the football, and we covered well in the secondary. Offensively, we wanted to give our line a good test. That’s why we didn’t throw very much. We need work up front. Today told us we need to continue to work in that area. But Watson ran the offense well. Our execution was pretty good. Overall, for the first scrimmage, we have to be pleased. We have work to do. We must improve up front offensively, but we can, and I think we will. It was a good day of work. Now it’s on to the ‘Classic’ and things get a little tougher. For sure, we’ll know where we’re at and how much work is left to do next Friday night,’’ said Turner.
The six-team “Harvey’s GM Touchdown Classic’’ field is Pulaski County, Tazewell, Radford, Covington, Patrick Henry-Glade Spring and Brookville. Action begins at 4 p.m., gates open at 3:30, admission is $5.
Teams will be in full game dress, the scoreboard lights will burn, and concessions will be in full operation.
Also, next Sunday, right here on the pages of  The Southwest Times, the annual “Spirit of Autumn’’ football edition will land on your porch. The special section will focus on Pulaski County’s Cougars, Virginia Tech, and prep football from around the area. Yes sir, it’s almost football time in southwest Virginia!

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