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Cougars can clinch playoffs

Pulaski County can clinch a berth in the Region 4, Division 4 playoffs with a victory this Friday, but it won’t come easy.
The opponent is Blacksburg, and it’s Homecoming at the new “Bill Brown Stadium’’ on Price’s Fork Road in Blacksburg behind the new middle school.
The Cougars enter the fray undefeated with a spotless 7-0 record overall and 2-0 in River Ridge District play. The Indians, who could also clinch a spot in the playoffs with a victory over Pulaski County, are 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the RRD.
The Cougars would no doubt like to atone for a disappointing loss at home to Blacksburg last season when they led virtually the entire way before Bruin quarterback Trey Gresh got hot late and pulled out a big win for Blacksburg.
This will begin a huge three-game season ending stretch for Pulaski County, but boss man Jack Turner is quick to say his charges cannot afford to look even one second ahead.
“It gets tougher every week. Everybody is fighting for a spot in the playoffs and everybody is alive for the district championship. Blacksburg will be just as tough as last season and that means we’ve got to play a good full 48 minutes to win. Anything less than that won’t be good enough. We’re in a great position. We control our own fate. We’ve got to play some very good teams down the stretch (Christiansburg and Salem comes next), but nobody should have expected anything less. We have a great opportunity. It’s a huge challenge, but it’s a challenge we’ve all wanted and dreamed about. It’s up to us to get the job done, and that first step is Blacksburg, and if we win, we’ll clinch a berth in the playoffs. If our team isn’t excited about playing this game, it would surprise me,’’ said Turner.
Blacksburg is one of the surprise teams in the region for 2008. Dave Crist’s team suffered heavy losses to graduation, and many of their individual standouts were seniors in 2007, but many of the unsung players that made up the core of the team returned, and have formed a very solid squad.
The Bruins own victories over Giles, Graham, Liberty of Bedford, Northside and Cave Spring, but lost in overtime on the road at Lord Botetourt and Salem. Blacksburg has not lost a home game this season.
The Pulaski County defense will likely have its biggest test of the season as three-year starting quarterback Trey Gresh is under center for his senior season, and it was Gresh who led a dramatic come-from-behind fourth quarter rally that saw Blacksburg knock off the Cougars 34-27 in Dobson Stadium last year after Pulaski County had led for most of the game.
Gresh is having an outstanding senior campaign as most figured he would as the Bruins operate out of multiple sets and will likely lineup in the shot-gun spread offensive scheme that allows Gresh to be a passer as well as a runner much of the time. He is the Bruins’ top threat through the air or on the ground.
But Blacksburg has been a very stubborn opponent defensively as well, and the Bruins have allowed more than 20 points in a game just one time this season, and that was last week in a 28-14 loss at Salem, a game that Gresh was not able to play due to a reported pulled muscle injury.
The Bruins will start nine seniors offensively and are particularly mammoth in the middle of their offensive front with center John Skinner (6-0, 250), guard Jeff Davis (6-2, 290), and guard Mike Schomblitz (6-1, 222). Gresh’s leading receiver has been flanker Eric Houff, a 6-1, 178 senior, and wideout Casper Violette is also a threat down the field.
Except for Davis up front off the nose, the Bruins are smaller, but very quick defensively, and thrive off getting to the football quickly, and not giving up the big play. There are seven players in the starting lineup with first unit experience from 2007, and that has been a big help to the Bruins who are going for a third consecutive region playoff berth.

The game will be playoff off Price’s Fork Road in the new “Bill Brown Stadium’’ facility behind Blacksburg Middle School. Kickoff is the customary 7:30 as Blacksburg will celebrate its 2008 Homecoming. 

Cougars can clinch playoffs

Pulaski County can clinch a berth in the Region 4, Division 4 playoffs with a victory this Friday, but it won’t come easy.
The opponent is Blacksburg, and it’s Homecoming at the new “Bill Brown Stadium’’ on Price’s Fork Road in Blacksburg behind the new middle school.
The Cougars enter the fray undefeated with a spotless 7-0 record overall and 2-0 in River Ridge District play. The Indians, who could also clinch a spot in the playoffs with a victory over Pulaski County, are 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the RRD.
The Cougars would no doubt like to atone for a disappointing loss at home to Blacksburg last season when they led virtually the entire way before Bruin quarterback Trey Gresh got hot late and pulled out a big win for Blacksburg.
This will begin a huge three-game season ending stretch for Pulaski County, but boss man Jack Turner is quick to say his charges cannot afford to look even one second ahead.
“It gets tougher every week. Everybody is fighting for a spot in the playoffs and everybody is alive for the district championship. Blacksburg will be just as tough as last season and that means we’ve got to play a good full 48 minutes to win. Anything less than that won’t be good enough. We’re in a great position. We control our own fate. We’ve got to play some very good teams down the stretch (Christiansburg and Salem comes next), but nobody should have expected anything less. We have a great opportunity. It’s a huge challenge, but it’s a challenge we’ve all wanted and dreamed about. It’s up to us to get the job done, and that first step is Blacksburg, and if we win, we’ll clinch a berth in the playoffs. If our team isn’t excited about playing this game, it would surprise me,’’ said Turner.
Blacksburg is one of the surprise teams in the region for 2008. Dave Crist’s team suffered heavy losses to graduation, and many of their individual standouts were seniors in 2007, but many of the unsung players that made up the core of the team returned, and have formed a very solid squad.
The Bruins own victories over Giles, Graham, Liberty of Bedford, Northside and Cave Spring, but lost in overtime on the road at Lord Botetourt and Salem. Blacksburg has not lost a home game this season.
The Pulaski County defense will likely have its biggest test of the season as three-year starting quarterback Trey Gresh is under center for his senior season, and it was Gresh who led a dramatic come-from-behind fourth quarter rally that saw Blacksburg knock off the Cougars 34-27 in Dobson Stadium last year after Pulaski County had led for most of the game.
Gresh is having an outstanding senior campaign as most figured he would as the Bruins operate out of multiple sets and will likely lineup in the shot-gun spread offensive scheme that allows Gresh to be a passer as well as a runner much of the time. He is the Bruins’ top threat through the air or on the ground.
But Blacksburg has been a very stubborn opponent defensively as well, and the Bruins have allowed more than 20 points in a game just one time this season, and that was last week in a 28-14 loss at Salem, a game that Gresh was not able to play due to a reported pulled muscle injury.
The Bruins will start nine seniors offensively and are particularly mammoth in the middle of their offensive front with center John Skinner (6-0, 250), guard Jeff Davis (6-2, 290), and guard Mike Schomblitz (6-1, 222). Gresh’s leading receiver has been flanker Eric Houff, a 6-1, 178 senior, and wideout Casper Violette is also a threat down the field.
Except for Davis up front off the nose, the Bruins are smaller, but very quick defensively, and thrive off getting to the football quickly, and not giving up the big play. There are seven players in the starting lineup with first unit experience from 2007, and that has been a big help to the Bruins who are going for a third consecutive region playoff berth.

The game will be playoff off Price’s Fork Road in the new “Bill Brown Stadium’’ facility behind Blacksburg Middle School. Kickoff is the customary 7:30 as Blacksburg will celebrate its 2008 Homecoming.