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Game 2: Cougars expect battle from PH

It’s been almost like a replay so far. Last season Pulaski County opened with a win over Northside. Patrick Henry had an open date the first week of the football season, but lost badly to Bassett the second week. The Cougars were open in week two. The same thing happened again.
And just when you felt like Pulaski County (1-0) should easily handle Patrick Henry (0-1) in the second game of the 2007 season, the Cougars were fortunate to get a 14-6 victory at home.
The stage is set exactly the same this time, except the game will be played at PH’s new facility in Roanoke, and an outstanding facility it is, for the teams, the fans, the whole works. The new stadium named after former PH coach Merrill Gainer, has a playing surface of field turf so do not expect rain to postpone Friday’s game. The seating, concessions, and all other facilities are top notch as well. In short, it’s an outstanding place to go watch a high school football game.
Pulaski County coach Jack Turner just hopes his team is mentally ready to play, and doesn’t get caught up in the new facility and all it offers.
“PH will play a lot better this week against us than they did at Bassett. It was like that last year. PH made a lot of mistakes, mainly fumbles last week at Bassett, but they won’t make that many mistakes against us. We didn’t play. It’s not a great thing to have an open date this early in the season. You try to keep your rhythm, but this makes it tough early.’’
Turner is also concerned about what PH might do, and if the Cougar defense can defend consistently.
“PH is running out of the single wing. Most of our kids don’t even know what that is. We have worked hard on recognition type stuff. One of the kids asked who’s the quarterback? I told him there is no quarterback. He wanted to know how you play without a quarterback. Being focused, getting rid of the rust from having a week off, and our overall preparedness and how well we recognize things will determine if we win this game,’’ said Turner. “Those things as well as playing physical that is.’’
The two schools have met on the gridiron 34 times. Pulaski County has won 22 games, PH 12.
The Patriots’ leading threats are tailback Terrell Wilson, and fullback Xavier Stanley. Leading the way up front are Phillip Mesadieu, 6-2, 260, and Larry Gunter, 6-2, 240.
Defensively, the Pats return most of their up front players; Dillon Yopp, 6-3, 230, Gunter, Stephen Washington, 6-3, 265, and Mesadieu.
Offensively, Pulaski County will start Tim Wojcik, 5-9, 265 senior at center, the guards will be 5-9, 245 senior Ralph Miller, and 6-1, 265 senior Cam Bailey. The tackles will be 6-5, 230 junior Josh Lambert, and 6-1, 300 senior Josh Miller, and the tight end is 6-0, 245 senior Brandon Hazzard.
The Cougar offense went over the 300-yard total offense mark against Northside and will have 6-1, 180 junior Luke Watson at quarterback, 6-0, 190 senior Seth Parris at fullback, 6-0, 165 junior Jolly Martin will be a slotback, and leading rusher Nubian Peak, 5-11, 190 senior will be the other running back.
Defensively, the front will have Josh Miller, Hazzard, 5-11, 290 junior Kody McDaniel, and 6-3, 360 senior Langston Lewis. The linebackers will be Parris, 5-11, 225 senior E.J. Dobbins, 6-2, 200 junior Tahrick Peak, and 6-0, 200 senior C.J. Burleson. The cornerbacks will start Taylor Akers and Antwyn Calfee, and Zane Quesenberry  will be the safety. Trey Smith and Austin Cox are also likely to see some playing time in the secondary, Tommy Wojcik and Steven Jones could also see the field at linebacker.

COUGAR PAWS:   The Pulaski County junior varsity team (1-0) will host PH in Dobson Stadium this evening. Kickoff is slated for 6:30 … The River Ridge District has currently posted an overall 6-1 record the first two weeks of the season. Cave Spring leads the way with a 2-0 record … All other five River Ridge teams are in action Friday evening: Blacksburg travels to Graham, Cave Spring plays at Northside, Christiansburg makes the short jaunt over the Pearisburg to play Giles, Lord Botetourt is a Hidden Valley, and Salem hosts Brookville in a feature matchup … Kickoff at PH tomorrow evening is slated for 7:30. 

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Game 2: Cougars expect battle from PH

It’s been almost like a replay so far. Last season Pulaski County opened with a win over Northside. Patrick Henry had an open date the first week of the football season, but lost badly to Bassett the second week. The Cougars were open in week two. The same thing happened again.
And just when you felt like Pulaski County (1-0) should easily handle Patrick Henry (0-1) in the second game of the 2007 season, the Cougars were fortunate to get a 14-6 victory at home.
The stage is set exactly the same this time, except the game will be played at PH’s new facility in Roanoke, and an outstanding facility it is, for the teams, the fans, the whole works. The new stadium named after former PH coach Merrill Gainer, has a playing surface of field turf so do not expect rain to postpone Friday’s game. The seating, concessions, and all other facilities are top notch as well. In short, it’s an outstanding place to go watch a high school football game.
Pulaski County coach Jack Turner just hopes his team is mentally ready to play, and doesn’t get caught up in the new facility and all it offers.
“PH will play a lot better this week against us than they did at Bassett. It was like that last year. PH made a lot of mistakes, mainly fumbles last week at Bassett, but they won’t make that many mistakes against us. We didn’t play. It’s not a great thing to have an open date this early in the season. You try to keep your rhythm, but this makes it tough early.’’
Turner is also concerned about what PH might do, and if the Cougar defense can defend consistently.
“PH is running out of the single wing. Most of our kids don’t even know what that is. We have worked hard on recognition type stuff. One of the kids asked who’s the quarterback? I told him there is no quarterback. He wanted to know how you play without a quarterback. Being focused, getting rid of the rust from having a week off, and our overall preparedness and how well we recognize things will determine if we win this game,’’ said Turner. “Those things as well as playing physical that is.’’
The two schools have met on the gridiron 34 times. Pulaski County has won 22 games, PH 12.
The Patriots’ leading threats are tailback Terrell Wilson, and fullback Xavier Stanley. Leading the way up front are Phillip Mesadieu, 6-2, 260, and Larry Gunter, 6-2, 240.
Defensively, the Pats return most of their up front players; Dillon Yopp, 6-3, 230, Gunter, Stephen Washington, 6-3, 265, and Mesadieu.
Offensively, Pulaski County will start Tim Wojcik, 5-9, 265 senior at center, the guards will be 5-9, 245 senior Ralph Miller, and 6-1, 265 senior Cam Bailey. The tackles will be 6-5, 230 junior Josh Lambert, and 6-1, 300 senior Josh Miller, and the tight end is 6-0, 245 senior Brandon Hazzard.
The Cougar offense went over the 300-yard total offense mark against Northside and will have 6-1, 180 junior Luke Watson at quarterback, 6-0, 190 senior Seth Parris at fullback, 6-0, 165 junior Jolly Martin will be a slotback, and leading rusher Nubian Peak, 5-11, 190 senior will be the other running back.
Defensively, the front will have Josh Miller, Hazzard, 5-11, 290 junior Kody McDaniel, and 6-3, 360 senior Langston Lewis. The linebackers will be Parris, 5-11, 225 senior E.J. Dobbins, 6-2, 200 junior Tahrick Peak, and 6-0, 200 senior C.J. Burleson. The cornerbacks will start Taylor Akers and Antwyn Calfee, and Zane Quesenberry  will be the safety. Trey Smith and Austin Cox are also likely to see some playing time in the secondary, Tommy Wojcik and Steven Jones could also see the field at linebacker.

COUGAR PAWS:   The Pulaski County junior varsity team (1-0) will host PH in Dobson Stadium this evening. Kickoff is slated for 6:30 … The River Ridge District has currently posted an overall 6-1 record the first two weeks of the season. Cave Spring leads the way with a 2-0 record … All other five River Ridge teams are in action Friday evening: Blacksburg travels to Graham, Cave Spring plays at Northside, Christiansburg makes the short jaunt over the Pearisburg to play Giles, Lord Botetourt is a Hidden Valley, and Salem hosts Brookville in a feature matchup … Kickoff at PH tomorrow evening is slated for 7:30. 

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