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Cougars open Friday vs. Northside

DUBLIN — Coming off an impressive pre-season of work, Pulaski County’s football team opens the 2008 season at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium Friday evening at 7:30.  The opponent is Northside, a team that also had a solid pre-season in scrimmages against Rustburg and Liberty.
This will be the 26th time the two schools have met on the gridiron. Pulaski County holds the series lead with a 16-9 mark against the Vikings. Last season the two teams opened the season and the Cougars were fortunate to come away with a two-point, 21-19 victory in Roanoke.
The Cougars were 7-3 in 2007, the Vikings 2-8, but Northside came up short four times by less than a touchdown. Most expect Burt Torrence’ team to contend for the Blue Ridge District title and a playoff spot this season.
In some ways, it will seem like Pulaski County is playing itself tomorrow evening. Northside has changed its offense and is almost identical to the “rocket’’ scheme used by the Cougars. The main reason for that is Torrence has three legs of the state champion four by 100 meters relay team all lining up in the backfield at the same time, so while Northside always has some size on its squad, this time the Vikings are very speedy.
Head coach Jack Turner says his team is excited for the season opener, but knows the Cougars will have some things to contend with.
“There are certainly some keys to winning this game and one of them is certainly containing their speed. We cannot let them get turned down field because it’s almost impossible to catch them. It will be important that we swarm to the football on defense, and take care of the football while we’re on offense. You’re always concerned about special teams the first game because you haven’t had that much work. We need to eliminate dumb penalties, and play together and play hungry. It’s a big game. It’s the first one. We want to win it bad,’’ said Turner.
The starting center and guards for the Vikings will be Matt Sandoval, Phillip Bailey and Dusty Price at 192, 190 and 225. The tackles are Matt Brookman at 185 and Nick Sigmon at 243.
Usually there is no tight end for Northside and the Vikings will try and create running space by spreading the field.
The flankers will be Andrew Mitchell and Xavier Duckett. The slotbacks are Isaiah Martin and Dustin Phelps. The fullback is 5-10, 225 Jonathan Anderson, and the quarterback is Keith Ryan.
The Vikings are huge up front defensively with 6-4, 380 Cameron Carter, the 225 Bailey, Logan Greenway at 6-3, 237, and 6-4, 365 A.J. Johnson. The inside linebackers are also hefty with Sigmon at 243 and Anderson at 225.
Pulaski County will counter with a starting lineup that will have some size and speed as well. The center will be senior Tim Wojcik, 5-9, 265. The guards will be senior Ralph Miller, 5-9, 245, and senior Cam Bailey, 6-1, 265. The starting tackles will be senior Josh Miller, 6-3, 305, and junior Josh Lambert, 6-5, 230. When a tight end is utilized senior Brandon Hazzard, 6-0, 245 will be in the game.
When the Cougars utilize  twin wide receivers they will be senior Antwyn Calfee, 6-1, 175, senior Zane Quesenberry, 5-11, 170, or junior Taylor Akers, 5-8, 150 rotating.
The starting backfield will have 6-1, 180 junior Luke Watson at quarterback, 6-0, 190 senior Seth Parris will be the fullback, but 5-11, 225 senior E. J. Dobbins will also see plenty  of action as both start at outside linebackers on defense. The halfbacks will be senior 5-11, 190 Nubian Peak, and 6-0, 165 junior Jolly Martin. Junior Trey Smith, and junior Ramell Cobbs, could also get some carries.  Junior Matt Songer has won the place kicking job and he will handle extra points and field goals.
Defensively, the front will be 6-3, 360 senior Langston Lewis, 6-0, 230 senior Jared Cole, the 305 Miller, and the 245 Hazzard. The linebackers will be Parris and Dobbins on the outside, and 6-0, 200 senior C.J. Burleson and 6-2, 200 Tahrick Peak on the inside. In passing and spread situations, Tommy Wojcik,  a 5-10, 185 sophomore could enter the game at linebacker, and Burleson would move into the defensive front.
The secondary will have Quesenberry at safety, Calfee and Smith will be the cornerbacks, but Martin, Akers, and Austin Cox could also see some field time. Logan Haynes returns for his senior season to handle the punting.

GAME NOTES: Gates to Dobson Stadium will open at 6 p.m. … Pulaski County will have an open date next week before returning to action against Group AAA Patrick Henry of Roanoke on the road in two weeks … In other games involving River Ridge District schools and area teams of interest Friday, Cave Spring will journey to Alleghany, Graham will play at Christiansburg, and Bassett travels to Carroll County … Salem, Hidden Valley and Blacksburg, the other three River Ridge schools, do not open their seasons until next Friday. 

Cougars open Friday vs. Northside

DUBLIN — Coming off an impressive pre-season of work, Pulaski County’s football team opens the 2008 season at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium Friday evening at 7:30.  The opponent is Northside, a team that also had a solid pre-season in scrimmages against Rustburg and Liberty.
This will be the 26th time the two schools have met on the gridiron. Pulaski County holds the series lead with a 16-9 mark against the Vikings. Last season the two teams opened the season and the Cougars were fortunate to come away with a two-point, 21-19 victory in Roanoke.
The Cougars were 7-3 in 2007, the Vikings 2-8, but Northside came up short four times by less than a touchdown. Most expect Burt Torrence’ team to contend for the Blue Ridge District title and a playoff spot this season.
In some ways, it will seem like Pulaski County is playing itself tomorrow evening. Northside has changed its offense and is almost identical to the “rocket’’ scheme used by the Cougars. The main reason for that is Torrence has three legs of the state champion four by 100 meters relay team all lining up in the backfield at the same time, so while Northside always has some size on its squad, this time the Vikings are very speedy.
Head coach Jack Turner says his team is excited for the season opener, but knows the Cougars will have some things to contend with.
“There are certainly some keys to winning this game and one of them is certainly containing their speed. We cannot let them get turned down field because it’s almost impossible to catch them. It will be important that we swarm to the football on defense, and take care of the football while we’re on offense. You’re always concerned about special teams the first game because you haven’t had that much work. We need to eliminate dumb penalties, and play together and play hungry. It’s a big game. It’s the first one. We want to win it bad,’’ said Turner.
The starting center and guards for the Vikings will be Matt Sandoval, Phillip Bailey and Dusty Price at 192, 190 and 225. The tackles are Matt Brookman at 185 and Nick Sigmon at 243.
Usually there is no tight end for Northside and the Vikings will try and create running space by spreading the field.
The flankers will be Andrew Mitchell and Xavier Duckett. The slotbacks are Isaiah Martin and Dustin Phelps. The fullback is 5-10, 225 Jonathan Anderson, and the quarterback is Keith Ryan.
The Vikings are huge up front defensively with 6-4, 380 Cameron Carter, the 225 Bailey, Logan Greenway at 6-3, 237, and 6-4, 365 A.J. Johnson. The inside linebackers are also hefty with Sigmon at 243 and Anderson at 225.
Pulaski County will counter with a starting lineup that will have some size and speed as well. The center will be senior Tim Wojcik, 5-9, 265. The guards will be senior Ralph Miller, 5-9, 245, and senior Cam Bailey, 6-1, 265. The starting tackles will be senior Josh Miller, 6-3, 305, and junior Josh Lambert, 6-5, 230. When a tight end is utilized senior Brandon Hazzard, 6-0, 245 will be in the game.
When the Cougars utilize  twin wide receivers they will be senior Antwyn Calfee, 6-1, 175, senior Zane Quesenberry, 5-11, 170, or junior Taylor Akers, 5-8, 150 rotating.
The starting backfield will have 6-1, 180 junior Luke Watson at quarterback, 6-0, 190 senior Seth Parris will be the fullback, but 5-11, 225 senior E. J. Dobbins will also see plenty  of action as both start at outside linebackers on defense. The halfbacks will be senior 5-11, 190 Nubian Peak, and 6-0, 165 junior Jolly Martin. Junior Trey Smith, and junior Ramell Cobbs, could also get some carries.  Junior Matt Songer has won the place kicking job and he will handle extra points and field goals.
Defensively, the front will be 6-3, 360 senior Langston Lewis, 6-0, 230 senior Jared Cole, the 305 Miller, and the 245 Hazzard. The linebackers will be Parris and Dobbins on the outside, and 6-0, 200 senior C.J. Burleson and 6-2, 200 Tahrick Peak on the inside. In passing and spread situations, Tommy Wojcik,  a 5-10, 185 sophomore could enter the game at linebacker, and Burleson would move into the defensive front.
The secondary will have Quesenberry at safety, Calfee and Smith will be the cornerbacks, but Martin, Akers, and Austin Cox could also see some field time. Logan Haynes returns for his senior season to handle the punting.

GAME NOTES: Gates to Dobson Stadium will open at 6 p.m. … Pulaski County will have an open date next week before returning to action against Group AAA Patrick Henry of Roanoke on the road in two weeks … In other games involving River Ridge District schools and area teams of interest Friday, Cave Spring will journey to Alleghany, Graham will play at Christiansburg, and Bassett travels to Carroll County … Salem, Hidden Valley and Blacksburg, the other three River Ridge schools, do not open their seasons until next Friday.