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Cougars raise record to 5-0

DALEVILLE — The Pulaski County Cougar football team expected to be in a battle when they traveled to Botetourt County on Friday, but instead they took home a convincing win in a contest that was never in question, defeating the Lord Botetourt Cavaliers 40-6.
The Cougars got on the board with their first drive of the game, when fullback Seth Parris took the ball in from 7 yards out with 8:37 left in the first quarter.
After the Cougar defense held the Cavalier offense in check on their first drive of the game, Pulaski found pay dirt when Parris scored again from 4 yards out with 4:10 left in the quarter. After a failed Matt Songer PAT attempt, the score was 13-0.
The Cougars finished their first quarter scoring when Nubian Peak ran the ball in from 10 yards out at the 1:07 mark. A failed two-point conversion attempt left the score at 19-0 as Pulaski headed into the second quarter.
“We were able to run our offense effectively tonight, even though we had several players out due to injuries and illness,” said Head Coach Jack Turner. “The big story of the game was our defense though. We had four kids starting in positions they had never started in before. The fact that they were able to step up to the challenge and get the job done shows the type of kids we have on this team.”
Peak found the end zone again at the 6:18 mark of the second quarter when he hit the corner and took the ball 39 yards for the score. The Songer kick made the score 26-0 Pulaski.
After the defense held, the Cavaliers were forced to punt again. Peak took the ball at the Cougar 30, and after some creative zigging and zagging took the ball 70 yards for the special teams score. Songer’s kick ended the scoring for the half, leaving the Cougars up 33-0 at the half.
Lord Botetourt got the ball to start the second half and they moved the ball into Cougar territory. The Cavs looked to be headed to the end zone, but a great defensive play by safety Zane Quesenberry stole the ball from the Cavaliers as he intercepted it in the end zone for a touchback.
The Cougars took the ball and drove it 80 yards with Jolly Martin taking it across the goal line from 1 yard out with 3:02 left in the quarter. Songer’s PAT put the score at 40-0 Pulaski.
The Cougar coaching staff had begun to pull the starters early in the third, and by the start of the fourth quarter there were mostly clean jerseys on the field for Pulaski County. With 5:19 left in the contest, Lord Botetourt was able to avoid the shutout with a 27-yard touchdown run. A failed two point conversion attempt left the score at it’s final margin of 40-6.
“We played team ball tonight,” said Turner. “A lot of kids were ask to step up and contribute, and they did. This is an unselfish team, and they are achieving their goals with hard work and by staying focused. I just can’t say enough about these kids.”
Leading the way for the Cougars’ rushing attack, Nubian Peak managed 104 yards on only 9 rushing attempts, scoring two touchdowns. Parris followed closely behind with 72 yards on 14 rushes and two touchdowns of his own. Tahrick Peak earned 16 yards on 2 attempts, while Tommy Wojick had 5 attempts for 14 yards. Three other Cougars carried the ball tonight also, as Randall Cobbs had 2 attempts for 9 yards, Martin had 5 rushes for 8 yards and a touchdown, and Robert Cobbs had 1 carry for 6 yards.
The Cougar passing game also added to the attack, as quarterback Luke Watson was 4 for 8 for 81 yards. Catching those passes, Taylor Akers lead the way with 2 catches for 35 yards. Tahrick Peak caught one pass for 26 yards, and Quesenberry had one catch for 20 yards.
Adding to the defensive effort, Antwyne Calfee picked off a Cavalier pass in the contest and returned it for 20 yards, giving the Cougars one of their chances to score.
“We were really ready for this game,” said senior defensive lineman Brandon Hazzard. “The coaches really put together a good plan for us, and we were able to go out and execute it. I really thought our defense came together tonight. Seth (Parris) couldn’t play defense tonight because of an injury, and E.J. (Dobbins) was out also, so we had to have some guys come in and pick up the slack for us. It felt really good to see us work so well together.”
Cougar defensive lineman Josh Miller was happy with the outcome of the game as well. “5-0 feels really good, but we can’t enjoy it too long. Now we have to start getting ready for next week. The River Ridge District is a tough place to play, and they’re going to be gunning for us now. We just need to keep our focus and continue to work hard,” said Miller.
That sentiment was echoed by Coach Turner as well. “Our second season starts Saturday morning when we start getting ready for Hidden Valley and the River Ridge District. Being 5-0 is great, but if you don’t win your district games there is no promise of making the playoffs. With the way things are going now, you don’t know how it’s going to turn out. Salem, Blacksburg, Hidden Valley and Cave Spring all have at least one loss in their out of district schedules, but those games don’t matter if they win the district. Now things get intense,” Turner said.
The Cougars return to action on Friday when they host the Hidden Valley Titans at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

Pulaski Co. 40,
Lord Botetourt 6

Pulaski County 19 14 7 0 —40
Lord Botetourt 0 0 0 6 —6

Scoring Summary:
1st QTR
8:37.….7 yd run Parris…..Songer PAT good…..7-0 PC
4:10.….4 yd run Parris…..Songer PAT no good…..13-0 PC
1:07.….10 yd run Peak….2 pt att no good……19-0 PC
2nd QTR
6:18.….39 yd run Peak…..Songer PAT good…..26-0 PC
3:59.….70 yd punt return Peak….Songer PAT good…..33-0 PC
3rd QTR
3:02.….1 yd run Martin…..Songer PAT good…..40-0 PC
5:19.…..LB #22 27 yd run….2 pt att no good…..40-6 PC

Pulaski County Lord Botetourt
First downs 17 11
Yards Rushing 229 82
Passess C-A-I 4-8-0 9-23-0
Yards Passing 81 103
Penalties – Yards 6-70 6-45
Punts – Average 2-33 5-37.8

Individual Stats
Rushing
Pulaski County: N. Peak 9-104, Parris 14-72, T. Peak 2-16, Wojick 5-14, Ra. Cobbs 2-9, Martin 5-8, Ro. Cobbs 1-6
Receiving:
Pulaski County: Akers 2-35, T. Peak 1-26, Quesenberry 1-20

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Cougars raise record to 5-0

DALEVILLE — The Pulaski County Cougar football team expected to be in a battle when they traveled to Botetourt County on Friday, but instead they took home a convincing win in a contest that was never in question, defeating the Lord Botetourt Cavaliers 40-6.
The Cougars got on the board with their first drive of the game, when fullback Seth Parris took the ball in from 7 yards out with 8:37 left in the first quarter.
After the Cougar defense held the Cavalier offense in check on their first drive of the game, Pulaski found pay dirt when Parris scored again from 4 yards out with 4:10 left in the quarter. After a failed Matt Songer PAT attempt, the score was 13-0.
The Cougars finished their first quarter scoring when Nubian Peak ran the ball in from 10 yards out at the 1:07 mark. A failed two-point conversion attempt left the score at 19-0 as Pulaski headed into the second quarter.
“We were able to run our offense effectively tonight, even though we had several players out due to injuries and illness,” said Head Coach Jack Turner. “The big story of the game was our defense though. We had four kids starting in positions they had never started in before. The fact that they were able to step up to the challenge and get the job done shows the type of kids we have on this team.”
Peak found the end zone again at the 6:18 mark of the second quarter when he hit the corner and took the ball 39 yards for the score. The Songer kick made the score 26-0 Pulaski.
After the defense held, the Cavaliers were forced to punt again. Peak took the ball at the Cougar 30, and after some creative zigging and zagging took the ball 70 yards for the special teams score. Songer’s kick ended the scoring for the half, leaving the Cougars up 33-0 at the half.
Lord Botetourt got the ball to start the second half and they moved the ball into Cougar territory. The Cavs looked to be headed to the end zone, but a great defensive play by safety Zane Quesenberry stole the ball from the Cavaliers as he intercepted it in the end zone for a touchback.
The Cougars took the ball and drove it 80 yards with Jolly Martin taking it across the goal line from 1 yard out with 3:02 left in the quarter. Songer’s PAT put the score at 40-0 Pulaski.
The Cougar coaching staff had begun to pull the starters early in the third, and by the start of the fourth quarter there were mostly clean jerseys on the field for Pulaski County. With 5:19 left in the contest, Lord Botetourt was able to avoid the shutout with a 27-yard touchdown run. A failed two point conversion attempt left the score at it’s final margin of 40-6.
“We played team ball tonight,” said Turner. “A lot of kids were ask to step up and contribute, and they did. This is an unselfish team, and they are achieving their goals with hard work and by staying focused. I just can’t say enough about these kids.”
Leading the way for the Cougars’ rushing attack, Nubian Peak managed 104 yards on only 9 rushing attempts, scoring two touchdowns. Parris followed closely behind with 72 yards on 14 rushes and two touchdowns of his own. Tahrick Peak earned 16 yards on 2 attempts, while Tommy Wojick had 5 attempts for 14 yards. Three other Cougars carried the ball tonight also, as Randall Cobbs had 2 attempts for 9 yards, Martin had 5 rushes for 8 yards and a touchdown, and Robert Cobbs had 1 carry for 6 yards.
The Cougar passing game also added to the attack, as quarterback Luke Watson was 4 for 8 for 81 yards. Catching those passes, Taylor Akers lead the way with 2 catches for 35 yards. Tahrick Peak caught one pass for 26 yards, and Quesenberry had one catch for 20 yards.
Adding to the defensive effort, Antwyne Calfee picked off a Cavalier pass in the contest and returned it for 20 yards, giving the Cougars one of their chances to score.
“We were really ready for this game,” said senior defensive lineman Brandon Hazzard. “The coaches really put together a good plan for us, and we were able to go out and execute it. I really thought our defense came together tonight. Seth (Parris) couldn’t play defense tonight because of an injury, and E.J. (Dobbins) was out also, so we had to have some guys come in and pick up the slack for us. It felt really good to see us work so well together.”
Cougar defensive lineman Josh Miller was happy with the outcome of the game as well. “5-0 feels really good, but we can’t enjoy it too long. Now we have to start getting ready for next week. The River Ridge District is a tough place to play, and they’re going to be gunning for us now. We just need to keep our focus and continue to work hard,” said Miller.
That sentiment was echoed by Coach Turner as well. “Our second season starts Saturday morning when we start getting ready for Hidden Valley and the River Ridge District. Being 5-0 is great, but if you don’t win your district games there is no promise of making the playoffs. With the way things are going now, you don’t know how it’s going to turn out. Salem, Blacksburg, Hidden Valley and Cave Spring all have at least one loss in their out of district schedules, but those games don’t matter if they win the district. Now things get intense,” Turner said.
The Cougars return to action on Friday when they host the Hidden Valley Titans at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

Pulaski Co. 40,
Lord Botetourt 6

Pulaski County 19 14 7 0 —40
Lord Botetourt 0 0 0 6 —6

Scoring Summary:
1st QTR
8:37.….7 yd run Parris…..Songer PAT good…..7-0 PC
4:10.….4 yd run Parris…..Songer PAT no good…..13-0 PC
1:07.….10 yd run Peak….2 pt att no good……19-0 PC
2nd QTR
6:18.….39 yd run Peak…..Songer PAT good…..26-0 PC
3:59.….70 yd punt return Peak….Songer PAT good…..33-0 PC
3rd QTR
3:02.….1 yd run Martin…..Songer PAT good…..40-0 PC
5:19.…..LB #22 27 yd run….2 pt att no good…..40-6 PC

Pulaski County Lord Botetourt
First downs 17 11
Yards Rushing 229 82
Passess C-A-I 4-8-0 9-23-0
Yards Passing 81 103
Penalties – Yards 6-70 6-45
Punts – Average 2-33 5-37.8

Individual Stats
Rushing
Pulaski County: N. Peak 9-104, Parris 14-72, T. Peak 2-16, Wojick 5-14, Ra. Cobbs 2-9, Martin 5-8, Ro. Cobbs 1-6
Receiving:
Pulaski County: Akers 2-35, T. Peak 1-26, Quesenberry 1-20

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