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Cougars win on Hicks’ big night

What a perfect night. The rain stayed away. Pulaski County pushed its football record to 3-0 on the season with a second straight win over a Group AAA opponent, and the playing field at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium was named after former head coach Joel Hicks with an impressive half-time ceremony.
The Cougars thrashed Franklin County, 40-14 in a series the Eagles chose not to renew following this season. Pulaski County now owns a 27-6 advantage in the series.
For the first time this season, the Cougars cut loose running back Nubian Peak and he did not disappoint, and the defense continues to perform extremely well.
Were it not for a pass interception that set up Franklin’s only first half touchdown, the Cougar defense would have scored its third straight first half shutout, held the Eagles to zero first half first downs, and minus yardage.
The front eight of Josh Miller, Jared Cole, Brandon Hazzard, Langston Lewis, C.J. Burleson, Tahrick Peak, Seth Parris and E.J. Dobbins dominated the line of scrimmage. Franklin ended the game with zero yards rushing, 15 running plays for nothing.
The Eagles did manage 157 passing yards, mostly in the second half as space in the Cougar secondary was too easily found, but Cougar safety Zane Quesenberry came up with his second interception of the season. Parris also recovered a fumble.
While Franklin (1-2) could seldom make anything happen offensively, the Cougar offense rolled with 347 yards rushing on 61 attempts, and 71 more yards on four of six passing for a total offensive output of 418 yards. Pulaski County finished with 23 first downs in the game, Franklin just seven, and the Cougars had two touchdowns called back due to holding penalties.
Nubian Peak was the offensive standout. After getting only five touches last week against Patrick Henry of Roanoke, the senior running back carried the mail 23 times for 192 yards and if not for two penalties that nullified long scoring plays, Peak would have easily gone over 200 yards on the night.
But production continues to come from a variety of areas for the Cougars. Jolly Martin ran six times for 61 yards, Parris got 44 yards on 15 attempts, Dobbins 28 on seven runs, and Trey Smith 22 yards on four tries. Peak also caught three passes for 48 yards, and Parris one for 23.
Compare those stats to Franklin’s Justin Seay. He ran 10 times for four yards, and he was the Eagles’ leading ball carrier. Quarterback Aaron Corn did hit Dominic Novia three times with passes for 68 yards, J.T. Edwards caught four aerials for 63 yards, and Thad Basham caught two for 15.
Pulaski County’s Luke Watson continues to complete a high percentage of his passes. Watson is now 10 of 16 on the season for 185 yards. He did suffer his first interception, but he also tossed a touchdown against Franklin.
“It was a great win for the team,’’ said Pulaski County head coach Jack Turner. “We beat a second Group AAA team and that’s good. Our rushing defense was outstanding, but we gave up too much in the passing game. We may have to work a little harder in that area. But I’m really pleased with the win, especially since it was on a special night for coach (Joel Hicks). It made things real nice. I couldn’t have faced him if the Cougars didn’t win on the night the field was named after him. I thought Nubian ran hard for us tonight. Our offensive production was good, but we’re still making too many mistakes, and penalties. We’ve just got to cut down on the penalties. We now have our toughest test of the season at undefeated Jefferson Forest next Friday. That’s going to be a big challenge for us. We just need to keep working, stay focused each week, and keep getting better,’’ said Turner.
Pulaski County drove with the opening possession of the game and had the ball for over eight minutes, but after getting first and goal at the Franklin five, a penalty, and two plays for minus yards resulted in Matt Songer trying a 34-yard field goal which was wide right.
The Cougars made it count on the second possession. They drove 45 yards in five plays and Peak swept left to paydirt from 25 yards out. Songer was good for a 7-0 lead with 11:50 on the clock in the second quarter.
The Cougars scored three times on the next possession before one of them counted. Watson hit Peak on a pass and run play of 59 yards, but the score was nullified because of holding. Peak then ran 23 yards to the end zone four plays later, but holding called that touchdown back too. Finally Watson rolled left and hit Peak from 21 yards out for the score with 5:22 left in the first half. Songer was good for a 14-0 lead.
With 2:52 left in the half the Eagles still didn’t have a first down, and Pulaski County went up 21-0 and this time from long range as Martin galloped 53 yards on an inside reverse play.
The late interception set up Franklin’s lone first half score when Corn connected with Novia from 30 yards outs with just 1:10 left, but the point after was botched and the score at the half was Pulaski County 21, Franklin 6.
Quesenberry got the second half off to a hot start for the Cougars with his second theft of the season and it was first down Pulaski County at the Franklin 28. Six plays later Peak swept left to score from three yards out. Songer was wide right, and it was 27-6.
The Eagles made their last push in the game when they came up with a Martin fumble at the Cougar 47. Four plays later Corn connected with Edwards from 20 yards out and got the two-point conversion on a pass to Basham, and it was Pulaski County, 27-14.
But the Cougars put the game away following the kickoff with a nine-play, 68-yard drive. Peak ran for 25, four, four, nine, 12, two, and nine on the drive before Martin scored from the two with 9:55 left to play. Songer was wide left for a 33-14 score.
On its next possession the Cougars traveled 55 yards in a time consuming 12-play drive. Pulaski County did not punt in the game, and has punted but once the past two games. This time Dobbins bulled over from a yard out, and Songer was good for the final 40-14 victory. 

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Cougars win on Hicks’ big night

What a perfect night. The rain stayed away. Pulaski County pushed its football record to 3-0 on the season with a second straight win over a Group AAA opponent, and the playing field at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium was named after former head coach Joel Hicks with an impressive half-time ceremony.
The Cougars thrashed Franklin County, 40-14 in a series the Eagles chose not to renew following this season. Pulaski County now owns a 27-6 advantage in the series.
For the first time this season, the Cougars cut loose running back Nubian Peak and he did not disappoint, and the defense continues to perform extremely well.
Were it not for a pass interception that set up Franklin’s only first half touchdown, the Cougar defense would have scored its third straight first half shutout, held the Eagles to zero first half first downs, and minus yardage.
The front eight of Josh Miller, Jared Cole, Brandon Hazzard, Langston Lewis, C.J. Burleson, Tahrick Peak, Seth Parris and E.J. Dobbins dominated the line of scrimmage. Franklin ended the game with zero yards rushing, 15 running plays for nothing.
The Eagles did manage 157 passing yards, mostly in the second half as space in the Cougar secondary was too easily found, but Cougar safety Zane Quesenberry came up with his second interception of the season. Parris also recovered a fumble.
While Franklin (1-2) could seldom make anything happen offensively, the Cougar offense rolled with 347 yards rushing on 61 attempts, and 71 more yards on four of six passing for a total offensive output of 418 yards. Pulaski County finished with 23 first downs in the game, Franklin just seven, and the Cougars had two touchdowns called back due to holding penalties.
Nubian Peak was the offensive standout. After getting only five touches last week against Patrick Henry of Roanoke, the senior running back carried the mail 23 times for 192 yards and if not for two penalties that nullified long scoring plays, Peak would have easily gone over 200 yards on the night.
But production continues to come from a variety of areas for the Cougars. Jolly Martin ran six times for 61 yards, Parris got 44 yards on 15 attempts, Dobbins 28 on seven runs, and Trey Smith 22 yards on four tries. Peak also caught three passes for 48 yards, and Parris one for 23.
Compare those stats to Franklin’s Justin Seay. He ran 10 times for four yards, and he was the Eagles’ leading ball carrier. Quarterback Aaron Corn did hit Dominic Novia three times with passes for 68 yards, J.T. Edwards caught four aerials for 63 yards, and Thad Basham caught two for 15.
Pulaski County’s Luke Watson continues to complete a high percentage of his passes. Watson is now 10 of 16 on the season for 185 yards. He did suffer his first interception, but he also tossed a touchdown against Franklin.
“It was a great win for the team,’’ said Pulaski County head coach Jack Turner. “We beat a second Group AAA team and that’s good. Our rushing defense was outstanding, but we gave up too much in the passing game. We may have to work a little harder in that area. But I’m really pleased with the win, especially since it was on a special night for coach (Joel Hicks). It made things real nice. I couldn’t have faced him if the Cougars didn’t win on the night the field was named after him. I thought Nubian ran hard for us tonight. Our offensive production was good, but we’re still making too many mistakes, and penalties. We’ve just got to cut down on the penalties. We now have our toughest test of the season at undefeated Jefferson Forest next Friday. That’s going to be a big challenge for us. We just need to keep working, stay focused each week, and keep getting better,’’ said Turner.
Pulaski County drove with the opening possession of the game and had the ball for over eight minutes, but after getting first and goal at the Franklin five, a penalty, and two plays for minus yards resulted in Matt Songer trying a 34-yard field goal which was wide right.
The Cougars made it count on the second possession. They drove 45 yards in five plays and Peak swept left to paydirt from 25 yards out. Songer was good for a 7-0 lead with 11:50 on the clock in the second quarter.
The Cougars scored three times on the next possession before one of them counted. Watson hit Peak on a pass and run play of 59 yards, but the score was nullified because of holding. Peak then ran 23 yards to the end zone four plays later, but holding called that touchdown back too. Finally Watson rolled left and hit Peak from 21 yards out for the score with 5:22 left in the first half. Songer was good for a 14-0 lead.
With 2:52 left in the half the Eagles still didn’t have a first down, and Pulaski County went up 21-0 and this time from long range as Martin galloped 53 yards on an inside reverse play.
The late interception set up Franklin’s lone first half score when Corn connected with Novia from 30 yards outs with just 1:10 left, but the point after was botched and the score at the half was Pulaski County 21, Franklin 6.
Quesenberry got the second half off to a hot start for the Cougars with his second theft of the season and it was first down Pulaski County at the Franklin 28. Six plays later Peak swept left to score from three yards out. Songer was wide right, and it was 27-6.
The Eagles made their last push in the game when they came up with a Martin fumble at the Cougar 47. Four plays later Corn connected with Edwards from 20 yards out and got the two-point conversion on a pass to Basham, and it was Pulaski County, 27-14.
But the Cougars put the game away following the kickoff with a nine-play, 68-yard drive. Peak ran for 25, four, four, nine, 12, two, and nine on the drive before Martin scored from the two with 9:55 left to play. Songer was wide left for a 33-14 score.
On its next possession the Cougars traveled 55 yards in a time consuming 12-play drive. Pulaski County did not punt in the game, and has punted but once the past two games. This time Dobbins bulled over from a yard out, and Songer was good for the final 40-14 victory. 

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