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‘It ain’t all good, but it ain’t all bad either’

It many ways it was a typical season opener. There’s always some mistakes, physical as well as mental ones, but like they say, there is no such thing as a bad win.
Pulaski County opened its football season in Dobson Stadium Friday night with a solid 27-7 victory over the Vikings of Northside, and two things were obvious. This Cougar team is pretty good, but it sure has a lot of room to get better, and if it is to accomplish anything of magnitude in 2008 getting better is a must.
After three quarters of play Northside had less than 50 yards of total offense and only three first downs, yet the game was tied 7-7. Why? The list of reasons why is long.
A high punt snap gave Northside a first down deep in Pulaski County territory. There was also a dropped extra point snap. There was a blown field goal opportunity at the end of the first half when it seemed that confusion reigned. That left the score only 7-0 at the half and Northside had just 28 total yards of offense. You know the old story about letting somebody hang around.
But there were still more mistakes to come. How about three dead ball unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for no apparent reason. Two of them were on senior Jared Cole, he was ejected from the game, and will not get to play the next two games against Patrick Henry and Franklin County. Since the Cougars have an open date next week, Cole’s football has pretty much ended for the next month.
The hullabaloo took place close to midfield and when it was over and all the yellow hankies were picked up, the head ref walked all the way to the Pulaski County four-yard line and it was first and goal for the Vikings. I’ve been covering Cougar football ever since the doors opened to the school, and that’s without question the most penalties ever on a single play and the most yardage ever penalized at one time in school history. The Vikings scored on the next play and suddenly it was a 7-7 tie in a game the Cougars had basically dominated.
But the mistakes weren’t over. Believe it or not, there was another 15-yard penalty called on Pulaski County for a tackle that was ruled out-of-bounds early in the fourth quarter.
Yep, it was a win and all wins are good, but everything about this game was not all good, however, it certainly wasn’t all bad either, and here’s why that’s the case.
The Cougars received the opening kickoff and immediately established themselves with a 14-play, 71-yard drive for a touchdown. After the high punt snap Northside had first down at the Pulaski County 23 and four plays later the Cougars took over at the 26. The highlight of this night was the Cougar defense and this unit could end up being the best in many moons next to the big cornfield. The three stupid penalties are the only reason Northside scored. That’s a shame because this defense could have posted a shutout, something not seen too often in recent seasons.
The Cougars capitalized on a Viking mistake and took back the lead late in the third quarter. Isaiah Martin fumbled a punt and Pulaski County’s Brandon Hazzard gobbled it up at the Northside six and it was first and goal.
Following the tackle out of bounds the Vikings were at the Cougar 36, but got taken out of scoring range quickly when Josh Miller got a 10-yard quarterback sack. Miller did it again not much later when he got his second sack for a 12-yard loss as the Cougar defensive front and linebackers dominated Northside’s offense. Inside backers C.J. Burleson and Tahrick Peak seemed to be all over the field making tackles.
Not long after the Cougars put the game away with a 51-yard drive behind the tough inside running of fullback Seth Parris. He carried the mail six times in nine plays for 39 yards as Pulaski County moved 51 yards to put victory number one away.
After Miller’s second sack forced Northside to give up the ball, Nubian Peak broke one big time, zooming 54-yards to … as they say, ice the cake.
The Cougar offense was good enough, but the defense was the shining light. How about this for a telling statistic? In the second half the Viking offense snapped the pigskin 20 times. They gained a total of 33 yards in the third and fourth quarters.
What Pulaski County has to realize and put an end to is that while Northside could only manage 66 total yards in the game against the Cougar defense, it gained more yardage because of Pulaski County mistakes, 69 yards in penalties.
The unnecessary penalties were evident during the “Harvey’s GM Touchdown Classic’’ as well the week before. They must stop or else a lesser team can win, or a great opportunity can go down the drain. The game of football is certainly physical, but it is also mental, and those type problems must be fixed.

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‘It ain’t all good, but it ain’t all bad either’

It many ways it was a typical season opener. There’s always some mistakes, physical as well as mental ones, but like they say, there is no such thing as a bad win.
Pulaski County opened its football season in Dobson Stadium Friday night with a solid 27-7 victory over the Vikings of Northside, and two things were obvious. This Cougar team is pretty good, but it sure has a lot of room to get better, and if it is to accomplish anything of magnitude in 2008 getting better is a must.
After three quarters of play Northside had less than 50 yards of total offense and only three first downs, yet the game was tied 7-7. Why? The list of reasons why is long.
A high punt snap gave Northside a first down deep in Pulaski County territory. There was also a dropped extra point snap. There was a blown field goal opportunity at the end of the first half when it seemed that confusion reigned. That left the score only 7-0 at the half and Northside had just 28 total yards of offense. You know the old story about letting somebody hang around.
But there were still more mistakes to come. How about three dead ball unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for no apparent reason. Two of them were on senior Jared Cole, he was ejected from the game, and will not get to play the next two games against Patrick Henry and Franklin County. Since the Cougars have an open date next week, Cole’s football has pretty much ended for the next month.
The hullabaloo took place close to midfield and when it was over and all the yellow hankies were picked up, the head ref walked all the way to the Pulaski County four-yard line and it was first and goal for the Vikings. I’ve been covering Cougar football ever since the doors opened to the school, and that’s without question the most penalties ever on a single play and the most yardage ever penalized at one time in school history. The Vikings scored on the next play and suddenly it was a 7-7 tie in a game the Cougars had basically dominated.
But the mistakes weren’t over. Believe it or not, there was another 15-yard penalty called on Pulaski County for a tackle that was ruled out-of-bounds early in the fourth quarter.
Yep, it was a win and all wins are good, but everything about this game was not all good, however, it certainly wasn’t all bad either, and here’s why that’s the case.
The Cougars received the opening kickoff and immediately established themselves with a 14-play, 71-yard drive for a touchdown. After the high punt snap Northside had first down at the Pulaski County 23 and four plays later the Cougars took over at the 26. The highlight of this night was the Cougar defense and this unit could end up being the best in many moons next to the big cornfield. The three stupid penalties are the only reason Northside scored. That’s a shame because this defense could have posted a shutout, something not seen too often in recent seasons.
The Cougars capitalized on a Viking mistake and took back the lead late in the third quarter. Isaiah Martin fumbled a punt and Pulaski County’s Brandon Hazzard gobbled it up at the Northside six and it was first and goal.
Following the tackle out of bounds the Vikings were at the Cougar 36, but got taken out of scoring range quickly when Josh Miller got a 10-yard quarterback sack. Miller did it again not much later when he got his second sack for a 12-yard loss as the Cougar defensive front and linebackers dominated Northside’s offense. Inside backers C.J. Burleson and Tahrick Peak seemed to be all over the field making tackles.
Not long after the Cougars put the game away with a 51-yard drive behind the tough inside running of fullback Seth Parris. He carried the mail six times in nine plays for 39 yards as Pulaski County moved 51 yards to put victory number one away.
After Miller’s second sack forced Northside to give up the ball, Nubian Peak broke one big time, zooming 54-yards to … as they say, ice the cake.
The Cougar offense was good enough, but the defense was the shining light. How about this for a telling statistic? In the second half the Viking offense snapped the pigskin 20 times. They gained a total of 33 yards in the third and fourth quarters.
What Pulaski County has to realize and put an end to is that while Northside could only manage 66 total yards in the game against the Cougar defense, it gained more yardage because of Pulaski County mistakes, 69 yards in penalties.
The unnecessary penalties were evident during the “Harvey’s GM Touchdown Classic’’ as well the week before. They must stop or else a lesser team can win, or a great opportunity can go down the drain. The game of football is certainly physical, but it is also mental, and those type problems must be fixed.

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