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Cougars take show on road

The Pulaski County Cougar football team takes their show on the road this week as they travel to face the Jefferson Forest Cavaliers in an important out of district game between two undefeated teams.
Pulaski County is coming off of a huge win last week, in which they defeated AAA Division 6 Franklin County, which gave them a huge boost in the all-important power points rankings. Last Friday night was also a big week for the Cougar football program as they were able to honor former Cougar Head Coach Joel Hicks by naming the playing surface at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium after him.
Before we get into this week’s game, I thought I’d take a minute to mention a few of the polls that the Cougars are mentioned in this week.
First, the AP Top Ten is out, and Pulaski County is tied in second place with Sherando in the state AA ranks behind Brookville. You may remember Brookville from the Cougar Touchdown Classic, where Pulaski defeated them 20-0 in the Cougars’ first session of the night. R. E. Lee of Staunton comes in ranked at #4, followed by Bassett at #5. The top ten are rounded out by Courtland, Tabb, Jefferson Forest, Broad Run and a tie for tenth place between Amherst County and Chancellor. This is the first AP poll in many years in which the Salem Spartans are not ranked in the top ten, but I wouldn’t count the Spartans out for the season by any means.
The most important poll that’s out right now is the power points rating. This is based on a team’s strength of schedule and win / loss record. Pulaski County is currently ranked No. 1 in Region 4, Division 4 with 24.66 power points. Bassett and Blacksburg sit at No. 2 with 22.0 points each, followed by Christiansburg with 21.0 and Salem with 19.33 points. Abingdon is in the wings with 14.66 points, and Hidden Valley has 14.33. Magna Vista and Carroll County round out the top of the pack with 10.5 points each.
The Cougars’ schedule doesn’t get any easier this week, as they face Jefferson Forest. The last time these two teams met on the Cavs’ home field was in 2006. Most Cougar fans will never forget this game, as it was a huge emotional win for Pulaski County. Pulaski County was going into the game with a very disappointing 0-3 record. On Friday, September 15 the Cougars lost a heartbreaking game at home to the Franklin County Eagles. Later that night, Kenneth J. Dobson was at his home when he had a massive heart attack that he unfortunately did not survive. I’ll never forget the call I got that morning from Dan Callahan, and the hurt that was in his voice and in the faces of everyone who knew “Mr. D.”
It was a tough week that week, with the memorial service and funeral held that Monday. On Friday, the team boarded the bus to head to Jefferson Forest without a man who had been with them since the day the school had opened it’s doors.
In the end, Ben Buckland’s three field goals made the difference in the game. Buckland was the last kicker coached by Mr. Dobson. In his helmet that night, Ben had his final weekly report card from Mr. Dobson. After that game, there were tears on the faces of players, parents and coaches alike.
While Pulaski County has swept the series to this point, it has been a competitive game each year. Pulaski County leads the series with Jefferson Forest three games to none. The 2006 game was the closest the Cavs ever came to beating the Cougars, but this could be a different Jefferson Forest team this season. JF comes into the contest with a fine 3-0 record. That’s right, they’re undefeated. They’ve got a 44-17 win over Staunton River, a 40-6 win over Rockbridge, and a 20-0 win over E.C. Glass last week. The Cavs are big, they are fast, and they are healthy. What’s even worse is that they are starting to believe in themselves. Make no mistakes about it folks, this team can beat Pulaski County, and they WANT to beat Pulaski County.
The Cougars may be looking to fill a big hole in their lineup this week on offense, as senior Nubian Peak may possibly be held out of the game due to a slight injury in last week’s Franklin County matchup. It’s looking like a game time decision at this point, but Coach Turner and his staff have put together a solid plan should that event come to be. Should he be held out, you can expect to see a healthy dose of Jolly Martin and Trey Smith, as well as a possible appearance by a few other younger Cougars who would love to take advantage of some playing time.
For anyone making the trip to Jefferson Forest, you can get directions online by searching the school’s address, which is 1 Cavalier Drive, Forest, VA, 24551. For those without that option, here are the directions from Mapquest: Head towards Roanoke on I-81 North. Merge onto US-220 ALT S via EXIT 150A toward US-11 South to CLOVERDALE US-460 East. Turn LEFT onto US-221 North US-460 East BLUE RIDGE BLVD. Continue to follow US-221 N/ US-460 East. Merge onto US-221 N/ US-460 E toward LYNCHBURG. Take the US-221 N/ VA-122 N ramp toward VA-714/ BEDFORD/ BIG ISLAND. Turn LEFT onto US-221/ US-460 BR/ VA-122/ VA-43/ N BRIDGE ST/ E MAIN ST. Turn RIGHT onto INDEPENDENCE BLVD. Turn RIGHT onto FOREST RD/ US-221. Turn LEFT onto PERROWVILLE RD. Turn RIGHT onto CAVALIER CIR. Parking should be no problem, and there is an elementary school directly across the road from the stadium to park at if necessary.
On a sad side note, this will be only the second game since the opening of Pulaski County High School that long time Cougar football writer Dan Callahan won’t be able to attend the game.
Late last week Dan received the news that a mass of some type had been detected in his back. Dan was rushed to UVA Medical Center on Tuesday due to an infection that was found during his checkup. Unfortunately, the infection has begun to attack three of his vertebrae and is causing him severe pain.
On Wednesday night, I received a call from his brother that gave some hope, however.
First, the doctors have reported that they have yet to find any indications of cancer. Second, Dan is going to undergo some final tests today to pinpoint the exact locations of the infection so that they can begin to treat him. If all goes well, he says that he should see a big improvement within a couple of weeks.
When Dan called on Tuesday and asked me to cover this week’s game, I didn’t hesitate, but I made sure that he knew that HE was the Cougar football writer, and as soon as he can get back at it, there is nobody in Pulaski County other than him that we all want to read the story from on Thursdays and Sundays.
For anyone who would, please take a moment to add a special prayer for Dan this week.

Cougars take show on road

The Pulaski County Cougar football team takes their show on the road this week as they travel to face the Jefferson Forest Cavaliers in an important out of district game between two undefeated teams.
Pulaski County is coming off of a huge win last week, in which they defeated AAA Division 6 Franklin County, which gave them a huge boost in the all-important power points rankings. Last Friday night was also a big week for the Cougar football program as they were able to honor former Cougar Head Coach Joel Hicks by naming the playing surface at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium after him.
Before we get into this week’s game, I thought I’d take a minute to mention a few of the polls that the Cougars are mentioned in this week.
First, the AP Top Ten is out, and Pulaski County is tied in second place with Sherando in the state AA ranks behind Brookville. You may remember Brookville from the Cougar Touchdown Classic, where Pulaski defeated them 20-0 in the Cougars’ first session of the night. R. E. Lee of Staunton comes in ranked at #4, followed by Bassett at #5. The top ten are rounded out by Courtland, Tabb, Jefferson Forest, Broad Run and a tie for tenth place between Amherst County and Chancellor. This is the first AP poll in many years in which the Salem Spartans are not ranked in the top ten, but I wouldn’t count the Spartans out for the season by any means.
The most important poll that’s out right now is the power points rating. This is based on a team’s strength of schedule and win / loss record. Pulaski County is currently ranked No. 1 in Region 4, Division 4 with 24.66 power points. Bassett and Blacksburg sit at No. 2 with 22.0 points each, followed by Christiansburg with 21.0 and Salem with 19.33 points. Abingdon is in the wings with 14.66 points, and Hidden Valley has 14.33. Magna Vista and Carroll County round out the top of the pack with 10.5 points each.
The Cougars’ schedule doesn’t get any easier this week, as they face Jefferson Forest. The last time these two teams met on the Cavs’ home field was in 2006. Most Cougar fans will never forget this game, as it was a huge emotional win for Pulaski County. Pulaski County was going into the game with a very disappointing 0-3 record. On Friday, September 15 the Cougars lost a heartbreaking game at home to the Franklin County Eagles. Later that night, Kenneth J. Dobson was at his home when he had a massive heart attack that he unfortunately did not survive. I’ll never forget the call I got that morning from Dan Callahan, and the hurt that was in his voice and in the faces of everyone who knew “Mr. D.”
It was a tough week that week, with the memorial service and funeral held that Monday. On Friday, the team boarded the bus to head to Jefferson Forest without a man who had been with them since the day the school had opened it’s doors.
In the end, Ben Buckland’s three field goals made the difference in the game. Buckland was the last kicker coached by Mr. Dobson. In his helmet that night, Ben had his final weekly report card from Mr. Dobson. After that game, there were tears on the faces of players, parents and coaches alike.
While Pulaski County has swept the series to this point, it has been a competitive game each year. Pulaski County leads the series with Jefferson Forest three games to none. The 2006 game was the closest the Cavs ever came to beating the Cougars, but this could be a different Jefferson Forest team this season. JF comes into the contest with a fine 3-0 record. That’s right, they’re undefeated. They’ve got a 44-17 win over Staunton River, a 40-6 win over Rockbridge, and a 20-0 win over E.C. Glass last week. The Cavs are big, they are fast, and they are healthy. What’s even worse is that they are starting to believe in themselves. Make no mistakes about it folks, this team can beat Pulaski County, and they WANT to beat Pulaski County.
The Cougars may be looking to fill a big hole in their lineup this week on offense, as senior Nubian Peak may possibly be held out of the game due to a slight injury in last week’s Franklin County matchup. It’s looking like a game time decision at this point, but Coach Turner and his staff have put together a solid plan should that event come to be. Should he be held out, you can expect to see a healthy dose of Jolly Martin and Trey Smith, as well as a possible appearance by a few other younger Cougars who would love to take advantage of some playing time.
For anyone making the trip to Jefferson Forest, you can get directions online by searching the school’s address, which is 1 Cavalier Drive, Forest, VA, 24551. For those without that option, here are the directions from Mapquest: Head towards Roanoke on I-81 North. Merge onto US-220 ALT S via EXIT 150A toward US-11 South to CLOVERDALE US-460 East. Turn LEFT onto US-221 North US-460 East BLUE RIDGE BLVD. Continue to follow US-221 N/ US-460 East. Merge onto US-221 N/ US-460 E toward LYNCHBURG. Take the US-221 N/ VA-122 N ramp toward VA-714/ BEDFORD/ BIG ISLAND. Turn LEFT onto US-221/ US-460 BR/ VA-122/ VA-43/ N BRIDGE ST/ E MAIN ST. Turn RIGHT onto INDEPENDENCE BLVD. Turn RIGHT onto FOREST RD/ US-221. Turn LEFT onto PERROWVILLE RD. Turn RIGHT onto CAVALIER CIR. Parking should be no problem, and there is an elementary school directly across the road from the stadium to park at if necessary.
On a sad side note, this will be only the second game since the opening of Pulaski County High School that long time Cougar football writer Dan Callahan won’t be able to attend the game.
Late last week Dan received the news that a mass of some type had been detected in his back. Dan was rushed to UVA Medical Center on Tuesday due to an infection that was found during his checkup. Unfortunately, the infection has begun to attack three of his vertebrae and is causing him severe pain.
On Wednesday night, I received a call from his brother that gave some hope, however.
First, the doctors have reported that they have yet to find any indications of cancer. Second, Dan is going to undergo some final tests today to pinpoint the exact locations of the infection so that they can begin to treat him. If all goes well, he says that he should see a big improvement within a couple of weeks.
When Dan called on Tuesday and asked me to cover this week’s game, I didn’t hesitate, but I made sure that he knew that HE was the Cougar football writer, and as soon as he can get back at it, there is nobody in Pulaski County other than him that we all want to read the story from on Thursdays and Sundays.
For anyone who would, please take a moment to add a special prayer for Dan this week.