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Cougars crush Cave, 42-0

CAVE SPRING — Pulaski County continued its perfect season in 2008 with a 42-0 hammering of Cave Spring on the road Friday evening. It was the first shutout of the season for the Cougars who are now 7-0 overall 2-0 in River Ridge District play.
Pulaski County was in complete control of this contest in every aspect from the very beginning to the end.
The Cougars rushed for 290 yards on 39 attempts. Cave Spring managed just 36 yards on 23 rushes. Pulaski County quarterback Luke Watson passed for 140 yards, completing six of nine aerials. The Knights connected on just five of 14 for 38 yards. Pulaski County had 430 yards of total offense and Cave just 74. The Cougars registered a season high 24 first downs.
Pulaski County averaged gaining 9.3 yards on each of its 47 snaps. Cave Spring managed a paltry per play average of 2.0 on its 37 plays. A continuous clock was used in the second half.
“That sure was a good one,’’ head coach Jack Turner told his charges in the locker room following the game. “The only problem with that is they don’t give us a trophy for being 7-0, so we have little choice other than to keep going, work hard, get ready, and keep it rolling.’’
There will be a lot at stake when the Cougars travel to play at new Bill Brown Stadium to face Blacksburg next Friday.
“A win next week over Blacksburg will put us at 8-0 and that will lock up a playoff berth for us. We want that, and this team is very deserving, but nobody is going to roll over and give it to us. All we have to do is just remember back to last year when we thought we had Blacksburg beat, and then let it get away from us. It’s only going to get harder to win because the opposition is going to get stronger. Blacksburg took Salem to the fourth quarter this week. I think that says enough. We had a ‘W’ against Blacksburg last year and let it get away from us. That’s one we need to get back,’’ said Turner.
Pulaski County scored the first and last points at Cave Spring and all those in between too.
The  first touchdown came on a pitch left to fullback Seth Parris from a yard out. Matt Songer’s conversion kick made it 7-0 with 4:31 left in the first quarter.
Most all of the Knight’s possessions ended up being three and outs so the Cougar offense enjoyed great field possession the first half. The only time that wasn’t the case Nubian Peak ran 70 yards to glory.
The second touchdown came on the sixth play of a 39-yard drive with Peak scoring on an inside reverse from 12 yards out, but it remained 13-0 when Songer was wide left.
The next scoring drive traveled 37 yards with Parris getting the final marker with 8:58 left before half. Songer’s PAT made it 20-0.
Finally Cave got a first down and a couple of penalties to go along with a decent punt that rolled dead at the Cougar 30. On first down Peak took a pitch right. The strong side of the offensive front cleaned house for Pulaski County and Peak was free, however, a couple of Knight defenders appeared to have a good angle as he crossed the midfield stripe, but no worry, Peak just kicked it into overdrive and left everybody far behind on his way to a 70-yard touchdown run.
“I had plenty of space. I got good blocking from my guys and got a good start. I could see them coming, but mostly all I saw was green and there was no way I was going to let them catch me,’’ smiled Peak.
Peak also had a touchdown run called back in the second half on a mysterious call. He was returning a punt that hit the ground and bounced in front of him. He picked it off the turf, made a couple of moves, sped toward the visiting sidelines and outran everybody again to the end zone, but it was called back for an illegal fair catch signal.
On the sidelines, Peak wanted to know what that was. It seems something is hard to do if you don’t even know what it is. “No way. I did not signal for a fair catch. The ball was bouncing on the ground. I was just trying to pick it up and take off before they got me.’’ Nobody else understood it either, but on this night, there was little complaining. It just didn’t make that much difference.
Following Peak’s 70-yard romp to the barn, quarterback Luke Watson kept for the two-point conversion and a 28-0 lead.
Cave just wouldn’t let well enough alone and continued to try and utilize trick plays in the effort to make a big play and it backfired, causing the Knights to fall farther behind rather than get to the locker room and out of harm’s way.
This time Jared Cole and Josh Miller made the big play behind the line of scrimmage, and the Cougars had the ball at the midfield stripe. Four plays later Watson found Peak from 34 yards out down the slot for another touchdown with 3:49 still left to play in the first half. Songer made it 35-0 at the break.
Cave tried to move the pigskin into scoring position late in the third quarter, but Antwyne Calfee made a nice leaping interception at the Cougars’ two. This set up the longest scoring drive of the game as Pulaski County moved 98 yards on only six plays.
The drive featured big hunks of yards on almost every snap. Parris ran for eight. Jolly Martin got three and a first down at 12. Watson ran the option keeper for 21 to the 33. Parris got 11 more up the gut. Watson ran the option again for 12 more yards and then the Knights were hit with a 15-yard penalty for a late hit on the play, and it was first down at the Cave 31. On the next snap, Watson faked into the line, rolled left, avoided a Cave defender, and fired a strike to the left corner of the end zone to wideout Zane Quesenberry. Songer’s foot made it the final 42-0 count as backups finished the game for the Cougars.
Peak finished with 120 yards rushing on nine carries for Pulaski County, Watson had 62 on five, Parris 46 on 12, Martin 23 on four, J.T. Edney got 22 yards on three carries, and Tyler Cole 13 on three attempts.
In the receiving department Peak caught two for 28, Taylor Akers one for 42, Calfee one for 27, and Quesenberry two for 43. 

Pulaski County 13 22 7 0 —42
Cave Spring 0 0 0 0 —0

Scoring Summary

1st QTR
4:31—1 yd run Parris, Songer PAT good, 7-0 PC
:08 — 12 yd run Peak, Songer PAT no good, 13-0 PC

2nd QTR
8:58 — 1 yd run Parris, Songer PAT good, 20-0 PC
7:37 — 70 yd run Peak, 2-PT Con. good, 28-0 PC
3:49 — 29 yd TD pass Watson to Peak, Songer PAT good, 35-0 PC

3rd QTR
1:21 — 31 yd TD pass Watson to Quesenberry, Songer PAT good, 42-0 PC

Cave PC
First Downs 7 24
Yards Rushing 36 290
Passes C-A-I 5-14-1 6-9-0
Yards Passing 38 140
Penalties-Yards 5-41 9-97

Individual Stats

Rushing — Pulaski County: Peak 9-120, Watson 5-46, Parris 12-46, Martin 4-23, Edney 3-22, Cole 3-14

Receiving — Pulaski County: Peak 2-28, Akers 1-42, Calfee 1-27, Quesenberry 2-43

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Cougars crush Cave, 42-0

CAVE SPRING — Pulaski County continued its perfect season in 2008 with a 42-0 hammering of Cave Spring on the road Friday evening. It was the first shutout of the season for the Cougars who are now 7-0 overall 2-0 in River Ridge District play.
Pulaski County was in complete control of this contest in every aspect from the very beginning to the end.
The Cougars rushed for 290 yards on 39 attempts. Cave Spring managed just 36 yards on 23 rushes. Pulaski County quarterback Luke Watson passed for 140 yards, completing six of nine aerials. The Knights connected on just five of 14 for 38 yards. Pulaski County had 430 yards of total offense and Cave just 74. The Cougars registered a season high 24 first downs.
Pulaski County averaged gaining 9.3 yards on each of its 47 snaps. Cave Spring managed a paltry per play average of 2.0 on its 37 plays. A continuous clock was used in the second half.
“That sure was a good one,’’ head coach Jack Turner told his charges in the locker room following the game. “The only problem with that is they don’t give us a trophy for being 7-0, so we have little choice other than to keep going, work hard, get ready, and keep it rolling.’’
There will be a lot at stake when the Cougars travel to play at new Bill Brown Stadium to face Blacksburg next Friday.
“A win next week over Blacksburg will put us at 8-0 and that will lock up a playoff berth for us. We want that, and this team is very deserving, but nobody is going to roll over and give it to us. All we have to do is just remember back to last year when we thought we had Blacksburg beat, and then let it get away from us. It’s only going to get harder to win because the opposition is going to get stronger. Blacksburg took Salem to the fourth quarter this week. I think that says enough. We had a ‘W’ against Blacksburg last year and let it get away from us. That’s one we need to get back,’’ said Turner.
Pulaski County scored the first and last points at Cave Spring and all those in between too.
The  first touchdown came on a pitch left to fullback Seth Parris from a yard out. Matt Songer’s conversion kick made it 7-0 with 4:31 left in the first quarter.
Most all of the Knight’s possessions ended up being three and outs so the Cougar offense enjoyed great field possession the first half. The only time that wasn’t the case Nubian Peak ran 70 yards to glory.
The second touchdown came on the sixth play of a 39-yard drive with Peak scoring on an inside reverse from 12 yards out, but it remained 13-0 when Songer was wide left.
The next scoring drive traveled 37 yards with Parris getting the final marker with 8:58 left before half. Songer’s PAT made it 20-0.
Finally Cave got a first down and a couple of penalties to go along with a decent punt that rolled dead at the Cougar 30. On first down Peak took a pitch right. The strong side of the offensive front cleaned house for Pulaski County and Peak was free, however, a couple of Knight defenders appeared to have a good angle as he crossed the midfield stripe, but no worry, Peak just kicked it into overdrive and left everybody far behind on his way to a 70-yard touchdown run.
“I had plenty of space. I got good blocking from my guys and got a good start. I could see them coming, but mostly all I saw was green and there was no way I was going to let them catch me,’’ smiled Peak.
Peak also had a touchdown run called back in the second half on a mysterious call. He was returning a punt that hit the ground and bounced in front of him. He picked it off the turf, made a couple of moves, sped toward the visiting sidelines and outran everybody again to the end zone, but it was called back for an illegal fair catch signal.
On the sidelines, Peak wanted to know what that was. It seems something is hard to do if you don’t even know what it is. “No way. I did not signal for a fair catch. The ball was bouncing on the ground. I was just trying to pick it up and take off before they got me.’’ Nobody else understood it either, but on this night, there was little complaining. It just didn’t make that much difference.
Following Peak’s 70-yard romp to the barn, quarterback Luke Watson kept for the two-point conversion and a 28-0 lead.
Cave just wouldn’t let well enough alone and continued to try and utilize trick plays in the effort to make a big play and it backfired, causing the Knights to fall farther behind rather than get to the locker room and out of harm’s way.
This time Jared Cole and Josh Miller made the big play behind the line of scrimmage, and the Cougars had the ball at the midfield stripe. Four plays later Watson found Peak from 34 yards out down the slot for another touchdown with 3:49 still left to play in the first half. Songer made it 35-0 at the break.
Cave tried to move the pigskin into scoring position late in the third quarter, but Antwyne Calfee made a nice leaping interception at the Cougars’ two. This set up the longest scoring drive of the game as Pulaski County moved 98 yards on only six plays.
The drive featured big hunks of yards on almost every snap. Parris ran for eight. Jolly Martin got three and a first down at 12. Watson ran the option keeper for 21 to the 33. Parris got 11 more up the gut. Watson ran the option again for 12 more yards and then the Knights were hit with a 15-yard penalty for a late hit on the play, and it was first down at the Cave 31. On the next snap, Watson faked into the line, rolled left, avoided a Cave defender, and fired a strike to the left corner of the end zone to wideout Zane Quesenberry. Songer’s foot made it the final 42-0 count as backups finished the game for the Cougars.
Peak finished with 120 yards rushing on nine carries for Pulaski County, Watson had 62 on five, Parris 46 on 12, Martin 23 on four, J.T. Edney got 22 yards on three carries, and Tyler Cole 13 on three attempts.
In the receiving department Peak caught two for 28, Taylor Akers one for 42, Calfee one for 27, and Quesenberry two for 43. 

Pulaski County 13 22 7 0 —42
Cave Spring 0 0 0 0 —0

Scoring Summary

1st QTR
4:31—1 yd run Parris, Songer PAT good, 7-0 PC
:08 — 12 yd run Peak, Songer PAT no good, 13-0 PC

2nd QTR
8:58 — 1 yd run Parris, Songer PAT good, 20-0 PC
7:37 — 70 yd run Peak, 2-PT Con. good, 28-0 PC
3:49 — 29 yd TD pass Watson to Peak, Songer PAT good, 35-0 PC

3rd QTR
1:21 — 31 yd TD pass Watson to Quesenberry, Songer PAT good, 42-0 PC

Cave PC
First Downs 7 24
Yards Rushing 36 290
Passes C-A-I 5-14-1 6-9-0
Yards Passing 38 140
Penalties-Yards 5-41 9-97

Individual Stats

Rushing — Pulaski County: Peak 9-120, Watson 5-46, Parris 12-46, Martin 4-23, Edney 3-22, Cole 3-14

Receiving — Pulaski County: Peak 2-28, Akers 1-42, Calfee 1-27, Quesenberry 2-43

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