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Titans forgot to cover the ‘up’

  The play before Pulaski County coaches noticed something. It was about how the Hidden Valley cornerback was committing quickly to cover the out route. Time was running out on Pulaski County. Time was precious for the Cougars. They needed to get in scoring position, move the pigskin, but save as much time as possible.
The usual sort of out pass pattern made a lot of sense in such a situation. But one play later, Pulaski County added a little wrinkle. It was not only the out, but the “up’’ was added at the end. Wide receiver Antwyne Calfee explains the play in simple terms.
“The cornerback on my side (home sideline) was defending me. We noticed how he defended me on my out route the play before. We added a double move. We went to an out and up route. The corner covered the out, but I don’t think he was expecting the up part because I was wide open,’’ said a smiling Calfee in a victorious Cougar locker room as the team managed to move its record to 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the River Ridge District with a dramatic 28-16 come-front-behind triumph in a game that was closer than the final score indicates.
It had been an up and down game for Pulaski County. The team had gained over 200 yards of total offense the first half, but led by only seven, 14-7 at the half.
Wide receiver Matt Aiken was a one-man show for Hidden Valley. He caught a long touchdown pass in the first half, and returned the second half kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. Following a field goal the Titans led 16-14 coming down the stretch and for the first time this season, Pulaski County didn’t seem to be capable of finishing the job. They made some big plays, but the Cougars couldn’t make the biggest play.
While quarterback Luke Watson led his team in rushing with 99 yards, and had another solid game as a passer, the Cougar offense was not able to capitalize on most of its opportunities, and missed making available big plays on a number of occasions. Walton had Nubian Peak wide open for a touchdown pass in the third quarter and overthrew him badly, and then Peak was open again for six, but saw the pigskin bounce off out of his hands.
“It was frustrating,’’ said Watson. “We had a lot of opportunities. I had some shots at making some big plays, but we just didn’t pull them off like we have in past games. I’m just glad we were finally able to come through before we ran out of time. It feels great to pull out a game like this, to come from behind and win at home in front of such a large crowd, but I have to admit, I was concerned.’’
Watson said his eyes opened wide when he looked down the field on the winning touchdown pass.
“The play was ‘X-Out-And Down.’ I rolled left like I did the previous play. We noticed that the Hidden Valley cornerback bit on the sideline move real quick. He was totally committed to covering the out route. So we went to what we call the out and up. Antwyne faked a move toward the sideline and then turned up and headed for the end zone right down the hash. I was hoping he would be open, but I didn’t think he would be that open. The play worked perfect. I just lofted the ball over their secondary and Antwyne pulled it in. That’s about as happy as I’ve been on a football field,’’ said Watson.
The mark of a good team is one that figures out how to win, and the formula is not always the same. This was an interesting game. It was a game of big plays. Pulaski County was not able to take advantage of all its big plays, certainly not with the consistency of games past. It also gave up some big plays defensively, and more yardage than usual.
However, Watson scored on a 60-yard run in the first quarter when Pulaski County pulled the option series out of the play book for really the first time this season, and after galloping all the way to the end zone untouched, it was evident that the Titans didn’t know where that play came from. The Cougars are giving the opposition more to worry about as the season moves on and that’s good.
Then came the “Out And Up’’ with just 1:09 left on the clock for a 21-16 lead.
So how did it get to be 28-16? Well, while the defense gave up more than it’s accustomed to, it did make some big plays. It’s just that the offense didn’t take advantage of all of them. Linebacker Tahrick Peak ran an interception deep into Hidden Valley territory, but the Cougars botched a field goal attempt that would have given them the lead.
But the biggest thief, pick pocket, or whatever next to the big cornfield in some time proved to be the slickest defender once again. Cougar safety Zane Quesenberry picked off a Matt Castro pass and zig-zagged his way 45 yards to paydirt with just 35 seconds left to play for the final 28-16 tally, but Quesenberry wasn’t through. He picked off Castro again for his sixth interception of the season on the game’s final play.
Friday night in Dobson Stadium was also evidence of something that has been proven time and time again among the schools that makeup the River Ridge District. The games the second half of the season are not like those of the first half. Hidden Valley came to Pulaski County ready to give a maximum effort to knock off the Cougars. It would have made their season.
The rest of the way will be no different. Pulaski County has won so much over the years on the gridiron that a victory over the Cougars is a cherished accomplishment, and hopefully it will remain that way in the years ahead because that would mean continued success for the program.
But it also demands continued preparedness on the part of Pulaski County’s team. It will get the best effort possible from every opponent so the Cougars must be ready to give the same.

It’s on to Cave Spring in Roanoke next Friday. Don’t worry about the record. Hidden Valley was 1-4. It doesn’t matter. But the Knights do need to remember one thing. The Cougars really do have a passing game, and Pulaski County can run the “Out And Up.’’ 

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Titans forgot to cover the ‘up’

  The play before Pulaski County coaches noticed something. It was about how the Hidden Valley cornerback was committing quickly to cover the out route. Time was running out on Pulaski County. Time was precious for the Cougars. They needed to get in scoring position, move the pigskin, but save as much time as possible.
The usual sort of out pass pattern made a lot of sense in such a situation. But one play later, Pulaski County added a little wrinkle. It was not only the out, but the “up’’ was added at the end. Wide receiver Antwyne Calfee explains the play in simple terms.
“The cornerback on my side (home sideline) was defending me. We noticed how he defended me on my out route the play before. We added a double move. We went to an out and up route. The corner covered the out, but I don’t think he was expecting the up part because I was wide open,’’ said a smiling Calfee in a victorious Cougar locker room as the team managed to move its record to 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the River Ridge District with a dramatic 28-16 come-front-behind triumph in a game that was closer than the final score indicates.
It had been an up and down game for Pulaski County. The team had gained over 200 yards of total offense the first half, but led by only seven, 14-7 at the half.
Wide receiver Matt Aiken was a one-man show for Hidden Valley. He caught a long touchdown pass in the first half, and returned the second half kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. Following a field goal the Titans led 16-14 coming down the stretch and for the first time this season, Pulaski County didn’t seem to be capable of finishing the job. They made some big plays, but the Cougars couldn’t make the biggest play.
While quarterback Luke Watson led his team in rushing with 99 yards, and had another solid game as a passer, the Cougar offense was not able to capitalize on most of its opportunities, and missed making available big plays on a number of occasions. Walton had Nubian Peak wide open for a touchdown pass in the third quarter and overthrew him badly, and then Peak was open again for six, but saw the pigskin bounce off out of his hands.
“It was frustrating,’’ said Watson. “We had a lot of opportunities. I had some shots at making some big plays, but we just didn’t pull them off like we have in past games. I’m just glad we were finally able to come through before we ran out of time. It feels great to pull out a game like this, to come from behind and win at home in front of such a large crowd, but I have to admit, I was concerned.’’
Watson said his eyes opened wide when he looked down the field on the winning touchdown pass.
“The play was ‘X-Out-And Down.’ I rolled left like I did the previous play. We noticed that the Hidden Valley cornerback bit on the sideline move real quick. He was totally committed to covering the out route. So we went to what we call the out and up. Antwyne faked a move toward the sideline and then turned up and headed for the end zone right down the hash. I was hoping he would be open, but I didn’t think he would be that open. The play worked perfect. I just lofted the ball over their secondary and Antwyne pulled it in. That’s about as happy as I’ve been on a football field,’’ said Watson.
The mark of a good team is one that figures out how to win, and the formula is not always the same. This was an interesting game. It was a game of big plays. Pulaski County was not able to take advantage of all its big plays, certainly not with the consistency of games past. It also gave up some big plays defensively, and more yardage than usual.
However, Watson scored on a 60-yard run in the first quarter when Pulaski County pulled the option series out of the play book for really the first time this season, and after galloping all the way to the end zone untouched, it was evident that the Titans didn’t know where that play came from. The Cougars are giving the opposition more to worry about as the season moves on and that’s good.
Then came the “Out And Up’’ with just 1:09 left on the clock for a 21-16 lead.
So how did it get to be 28-16? Well, while the defense gave up more than it’s accustomed to, it did make some big plays. It’s just that the offense didn’t take advantage of all of them. Linebacker Tahrick Peak ran an interception deep into Hidden Valley territory, but the Cougars botched a field goal attempt that would have given them the lead.
But the biggest thief, pick pocket, or whatever next to the big cornfield in some time proved to be the slickest defender once again. Cougar safety Zane Quesenberry picked off a Matt Castro pass and zig-zagged his way 45 yards to paydirt with just 35 seconds left to play for the final 28-16 tally, but Quesenberry wasn’t through. He picked off Castro again for his sixth interception of the season on the game’s final play.
Friday night in Dobson Stadium was also evidence of something that has been proven time and time again among the schools that makeup the River Ridge District. The games the second half of the season are not like those of the first half. Hidden Valley came to Pulaski County ready to give a maximum effort to knock off the Cougars. It would have made their season.
The rest of the way will be no different. Pulaski County has won so much over the years on the gridiron that a victory over the Cougars is a cherished accomplishment, and hopefully it will remain that way in the years ahead because that would mean continued success for the program.
But it also demands continued preparedness on the part of Pulaski County’s team. It will get the best effort possible from every opponent so the Cougars must be ready to give the same.

It’s on to Cave Spring in Roanoke next Friday. Don’t worry about the record. Hidden Valley was 1-4. It doesn’t matter. But the Knights do need to remember one thing. The Cougars really do have a passing game, and Pulaski County can run the “Out And Up.’’ 

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