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Over by the half … again

Like most of the football games involving Pulaski County this season, it was over at the half, or even sooner than that actually.
Pulaski County hit Lord Botetourt from all directions Friday night in Daleville. The damage came from the offensive unit, the defensive unit, and special teams too. Nobody  could have blamed the Cavaliers if they went to the locker room at half-time flinching a little bit wondering from what direction the next attack would come.
The final score was 40-6, but it was 33-0 and the issue had long since been decided at the half. A Luke Walton pass of 26 yards to Tahrick Peak setup the first touchdown. The second score was setup by the defense when cornerback Antwyne Calfee got an interception. A big play in the third scoring drive was a 20-yard pass completion from Walton to Zane Quesenberry on a crossing pattern. Then Nubian Peak opened up with a 39-yard touchdown run, and a 70-yard punt return. Nubian Peak had three touchdowns in the first half, and fullback Seth Parris two as the senior had a very productive game running the pigskin inside.
It has long been said, and it’s very true, that in those years when you’re really good, it almost always means you’re really good on defense. The Cougar defense continues to be almost impossible to score on in the first half, or pretty much anytime during a game for that matter. This is easily the best defense Pulaski County has put on the gridiron in years, and while this team can attack from all directions, the biggest improvement without a doubt is the quality of play defensively.
In the first half alone, Josh Miller, Brandon Hazzard and Jared Cole all had tackles in the Boty backfield. Those three along with Langston Lewis, make up what has been the most dominant defensive front in the region in 2008.
But this team of Cougars can make plays. It should be obvious to all that the talent level is up next to the big cornfield. You get big runs, you get tough, physical runs, you get big plays out of the passing game, the defense has yet to allow 100 yards of total offense in an opening half, the offensive front has shown terrific improvement, the linebacking corps of Parris, E.J. Dobbins, C.J. Burleson, Tahrick Peak, and sometimes Steven Jones has been extremely impressive, and the secondary gets to the football. On Boty’s first possession of the second half it tried to move, but in the end Pulaski County safety Zane Quesenberry picked off a pass in the end zone. It was Quesenberry’s fourth pass interception of the season. This team of Cougars makes plays!
The ability is there, the experience is there, the combination of size and strength is very impressive, the overall team speed factor is greatly improved, the attitude has been super to date, and there appears to be a good blend of proven performers who are leading the way for some underclass players who appear to have excellent potential. Dobbins was out at Boty with a bum ankle. Jones and Josh Lambert stepped in and played well.
But the preliminary battles are over. Pulaski County won them all. The Cougars are 5-0, and have been the most impressive team in Region 4 as the season has reached the midway point. Next week Hidden Valley comes to Dobson Stadium as the River Ridge season opens. Needless to say, that game is far and away the most important so far this season for Jack Turner’s crew. Ironically, this Cougar team will try and snap a negative streak. Pulaski County has lost the last two times it has faced the Titans in Dobson Stadium.
Once again, a whole bunch of Cougars saw action at Daleville in the final game between the two schools in the foreseeable future. It’s always nice when the game is over and a bunch of clean white jerseys are on the field. It enabled the Cavaliers to get on the board, but that’s okay. It should be said, however, that the first unit Cougar defense has actually allowed two scores on the season.
But as pleasurable as the first half of the season has been, things are about to get real serious. It’s “River Ridge’’ time, and that means it’s time to get very focused. Are the Cougars good enough to bring the trophy back to Pulaski County? We’re about to find out the answer, but make no mistake, this team certainly appears to be ready to make a serious run at top honors in 2008. 

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Over by the half … again

Like most of the football games involving Pulaski County this season, it was over at the half, or even sooner than that actually.
Pulaski County hit Lord Botetourt from all directions Friday night in Daleville. The damage came from the offensive unit, the defensive unit, and special teams too. Nobody  could have blamed the Cavaliers if they went to the locker room at half-time flinching a little bit wondering from what direction the next attack would come.
The final score was 40-6, but it was 33-0 and the issue had long since been decided at the half. A Luke Walton pass of 26 yards to Tahrick Peak setup the first touchdown. The second score was setup by the defense when cornerback Antwyne Calfee got an interception. A big play in the third scoring drive was a 20-yard pass completion from Walton to Zane Quesenberry on a crossing pattern. Then Nubian Peak opened up with a 39-yard touchdown run, and a 70-yard punt return. Nubian Peak had three touchdowns in the first half, and fullback Seth Parris two as the senior had a very productive game running the pigskin inside.
It has long been said, and it’s very true, that in those years when you’re really good, it almost always means you’re really good on defense. The Cougar defense continues to be almost impossible to score on in the first half, or pretty much anytime during a game for that matter. This is easily the best defense Pulaski County has put on the gridiron in years, and while this team can attack from all directions, the biggest improvement without a doubt is the quality of play defensively.
In the first half alone, Josh Miller, Brandon Hazzard and Jared Cole all had tackles in the Boty backfield. Those three along with Langston Lewis, make up what has been the most dominant defensive front in the region in 2008.
But this team of Cougars can make plays. It should be obvious to all that the talent level is up next to the big cornfield. You get big runs, you get tough, physical runs, you get big plays out of the passing game, the defense has yet to allow 100 yards of total offense in an opening half, the offensive front has shown terrific improvement, the linebacking corps of Parris, E.J. Dobbins, C.J. Burleson, Tahrick Peak, and sometimes Steven Jones has been extremely impressive, and the secondary gets to the football. On Boty’s first possession of the second half it tried to move, but in the end Pulaski County safety Zane Quesenberry picked off a pass in the end zone. It was Quesenberry’s fourth pass interception of the season. This team of Cougars makes plays!
The ability is there, the experience is there, the combination of size and strength is very impressive, the overall team speed factor is greatly improved, the attitude has been super to date, and there appears to be a good blend of proven performers who are leading the way for some underclass players who appear to have excellent potential. Dobbins was out at Boty with a bum ankle. Jones and Josh Lambert stepped in and played well.
But the preliminary battles are over. Pulaski County won them all. The Cougars are 5-0, and have been the most impressive team in Region 4 as the season has reached the midway point. Next week Hidden Valley comes to Dobson Stadium as the River Ridge season opens. Needless to say, that game is far and away the most important so far this season for Jack Turner’s crew. Ironically, this Cougar team will try and snap a negative streak. Pulaski County has lost the last two times it has faced the Titans in Dobson Stadium.
Once again, a whole bunch of Cougars saw action at Daleville in the final game between the two schools in the foreseeable future. It’s always nice when the game is over and a bunch of clean white jerseys are on the field. It enabled the Cavaliers to get on the board, but that’s okay. It should be said, however, that the first unit Cougar defense has actually allowed two scores on the season.
But as pleasurable as the first half of the season has been, things are about to get real serious. It’s “River Ridge’’ time, and that means it’s time to get very focused. Are the Cougars good enough to bring the trophy back to Pulaski County? We’re about to find out the answer, but make no mistake, this team certainly appears to be ready to make a serious run at top honors in 2008. 

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