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Cougars go for ninth victory

Pulaski County’s football team can move one step closer to the River Ridge District championship and an undefeated season tomorrow evening in Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium as the Cougars entertain Christiansburg.
This matchup has turned into a spirited affair in recent seasons. Pulaski County leads the series between the two schools, 7-2, but the Cougar defense hasn’t been very hard for the Blue Demons to figure out the past three seasons scoring 109 points, 36.3 per game. The Demons enter the fray with a 5-3 record and their Region 4 playoffs hopes are very much alive and a victory over Pulaski County would put them right on the doorstep.
Christiansburg has wins over Graham, Giles, Patrick Henry of Roanoke, Radford and Cave Spring. The Demons’ losses have come to Hidden Valley, Bassett and Salem.
The Cougars are 8-0 overall on the season and 3-0 in the RRD, but the Pulaski County defense was tested a bit more last week against Blacksburg, and the Cougar defense should expect to be called out again this week if the last three seasons can be used as an example.
Offensively, the two teams are much alike. Both operate out of a version of the “Double-Wing’’ and “Wing-T’’ offenses, but both use motion in different ways as the Demons have been very successful using jet sweeps out of their scheme while Pulaski County utilizes a lot of motion and option out of its spread variation. There is one difference. The Cougars are throwing the football a little more, and Christiansburg a little less.
Keith Johnson is a bull of a fullback who also has excellent speed, and he leads the Christiansburg offense, hitting the scales at 5-11, 197. Johnson has rushed for almost 900 yards after eight games, and scored 60 points. Ryan Fisher, a scatback, is the second leading rusher for the Demons at close to 600 yards. Johnson had a huge second half and roared through Cave Spring last Friday for 196 yards.
Christiansburg has also benefited by having an outstanding kicker and punter in senior Brad Cox.
The Demons are led defensively by linebackers Zack Weller, a 6-0, 211 junior, and Ethan Dickerson, a 6-0, 183 senior. Up front, 6-3, 234 Brent Bostwick, and 5-11, 257 Donte Hayden have been standouts.
It is evident that Pulaski County head coach Jack Turner feels Christiansburg is better than its 5-3 record.
“It just seemed like they had a bad game against Hidden Valley, but we had a little trouble with them too. They have played people tough. Christiansburg has an excellent mixture of talent, good, young players, and solid, dependable seniors. Without question, we think they are the best team we will have played so far this season. Johnson is an excellent running back, and Weller might be the best linebacker around. It’s a team that is bigger and stronger than a year ago, but still has very good speed. We must play very well if we are to win this game,’’ said Turner.
Much will be determined by the outcome of this game, and Turner says both teams will be focused. “If one of us isn’t ready to go, that team is in trouble,’’ said Turner. “Both teams have a lot to play for. I expect this will be a slam, bam kind of game.’’
While Pulaski County is trying to get to 9-0 and setup a meeting with Salem for the district title next week, Christiansburg would love to ruin that opportunity just like it did three years ago, and the Demons need to do that in order to increase their playoff chances.
Pulaski County and Salem have both already locked up playoff bids out of the River Ridge District in Region Four, Division 4, however, Christiansburg and Blacksburg are still both very much alive, and a win by the Demons over Pulaski County would be a great boost to their opportunity. Christiansburg takes on Montgomery County rival Blacksburg in the final week of the season. The Demons and Bruins are battling Bassett out of the Piedmont for the final two playoff spots. Should either Christiansburg or Blacksburg win both their final regular season games, a playoff bid is extremely likely so there is much on the line in Dobson Stadium tomorrow evening.
To pull off the upset, Christiansburg’s defense will have to slow down a Pulaski County offense that has scored 40 or more points in five of its eight games, and scored less than 27 points just one time all season.
Luke Watson (5-11, 180 jr.) will be the starting quarterback for the Cougars, Nubian Peak (5-11, 190 sr.), and Jolly Martin (6-0, 186 jr.) will be the halfbacks, the fullback will be 6-0, 190 sr. Seth Parris. The offensive front will have Brandon Hazzard (6-0, 245 sr.) at tight end, Josh Miller (6-3, 295 sr.) and Josh Lambert (6-5, 230 jr.) will be the tackles, Ralph Miller (5-9, 245 sr.), and Cam Bailey (6-1, 265 sr.) will be the guards, Tim Wojcik (5-9, 265 sr.) will be at center. Zane Quesenberry and Taylor Akers will play the wideout position. Logan Haynes will do the punting, Matt Songer will take care of the placements, and Jon Humphrey will be the holder.
Nubian Peak is the team’s leading rusher and scorer with 874 yards, an average of 109 per game, and has scored 92 points. Parris is a solid second with 522 rushing yards, 65 per game, and 66 points on 11 touchdowns. Watson is having a very good overall total offensive season to date with 290 yards rushing and 655 yards passing for 945 total offensive yards. Quesenberry and Nubian Peak have combined for 20 pass receptions.
Defensively, the Cougars had not allowed more than 16 points to an opponent in 2008 until last week at Blacksburg when they gave up 20. Pulaski County will line up Josh Miller, Hazzard, Jared Cole (6-0, 230 sr.), and Langston Lewis (6-3, 360 sr.) up front. The linebackers will be Parris, C.J. Burleson (6-0, 200 sr.), E.J. Dobbins (5-11, 225 sr.), and Tahrick Peak (6-2, 200 jr.). Quesenberry will be the safety and Akers and Trey Smith will be the corners on the secondary.
Tahrick Peak leads the defense in tackles with 97 on the season, but a lot of players are getting in on the action as Burleson has 55 total tackles, Quesenberry also has 55, Lewis has 53, Hazzard 52, and Dobbins 50. Cole leads the team with five sacks and 10 tackles for lost yardage. Hazzard has tackled the opposition nine times for minus yards, and Josh Miller has tossed the enemy for a loss seven times. Quesenberry leads the way with six pass interceptions.
COUGARS PAWS — The Pulaski County junior varsity team will play at Christiansburg tonight at 6 p.m. … Gates to Dobson Stadium will open at 6 p.m. tomorrow evening … In other River Ridge games Cave Spring is at Salem and Hidden Valley is at Blacksburg … The Touchdown Club 50/50 raffle and the concessions stands on both sides of the field will be in full operation when the gates open to Dobson Stadium. 

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Cougars go for ninth victory

Pulaski County’s football team can move one step closer to the River Ridge District championship and an undefeated season tomorrow evening in Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium as the Cougars entertain Christiansburg.
This matchup has turned into a spirited affair in recent seasons. Pulaski County leads the series between the two schools, 7-2, but the Cougar defense hasn’t been very hard for the Blue Demons to figure out the past three seasons scoring 109 points, 36.3 per game. The Demons enter the fray with a 5-3 record and their Region 4 playoffs hopes are very much alive and a victory over Pulaski County would put them right on the doorstep.
Christiansburg has wins over Graham, Giles, Patrick Henry of Roanoke, Radford and Cave Spring. The Demons’ losses have come to Hidden Valley, Bassett and Salem.
The Cougars are 8-0 overall on the season and 3-0 in the RRD, but the Pulaski County defense was tested a bit more last week against Blacksburg, and the Cougar defense should expect to be called out again this week if the last three seasons can be used as an example.
Offensively, the two teams are much alike. Both operate out of a version of the “Double-Wing’’ and “Wing-T’’ offenses, but both use motion in different ways as the Demons have been very successful using jet sweeps out of their scheme while Pulaski County utilizes a lot of motion and option out of its spread variation. There is one difference. The Cougars are throwing the football a little more, and Christiansburg a little less.
Keith Johnson is a bull of a fullback who also has excellent speed, and he leads the Christiansburg offense, hitting the scales at 5-11, 197. Johnson has rushed for almost 900 yards after eight games, and scored 60 points. Ryan Fisher, a scatback, is the second leading rusher for the Demons at close to 600 yards. Johnson had a huge second half and roared through Cave Spring last Friday for 196 yards.
Christiansburg has also benefited by having an outstanding kicker and punter in senior Brad Cox.
The Demons are led defensively by linebackers Zack Weller, a 6-0, 211 junior, and Ethan Dickerson, a 6-0, 183 senior. Up front, 6-3, 234 Brent Bostwick, and 5-11, 257 Donte Hayden have been standouts.
It is evident that Pulaski County head coach Jack Turner feels Christiansburg is better than its 5-3 record.
“It just seemed like they had a bad game against Hidden Valley, but we had a little trouble with them too. They have played people tough. Christiansburg has an excellent mixture of talent, good, young players, and solid, dependable seniors. Without question, we think they are the best team we will have played so far this season. Johnson is an excellent running back, and Weller might be the best linebacker around. It’s a team that is bigger and stronger than a year ago, but still has very good speed. We must play very well if we are to win this game,’’ said Turner.
Much will be determined by the outcome of this game, and Turner says both teams will be focused. “If one of us isn’t ready to go, that team is in trouble,’’ said Turner. “Both teams have a lot to play for. I expect this will be a slam, bam kind of game.’’
While Pulaski County is trying to get to 9-0 and setup a meeting with Salem for the district title next week, Christiansburg would love to ruin that opportunity just like it did three years ago, and the Demons need to do that in order to increase their playoff chances.
Pulaski County and Salem have both already locked up playoff bids out of the River Ridge District in Region Four, Division 4, however, Christiansburg and Blacksburg are still both very much alive, and a win by the Demons over Pulaski County would be a great boost to their opportunity. Christiansburg takes on Montgomery County rival Blacksburg in the final week of the season. The Demons and Bruins are battling Bassett out of the Piedmont for the final two playoff spots. Should either Christiansburg or Blacksburg win both their final regular season games, a playoff bid is extremely likely so there is much on the line in Dobson Stadium tomorrow evening.
To pull off the upset, Christiansburg’s defense will have to slow down a Pulaski County offense that has scored 40 or more points in five of its eight games, and scored less than 27 points just one time all season.
Luke Watson (5-11, 180 jr.) will be the starting quarterback for the Cougars, Nubian Peak (5-11, 190 sr.), and Jolly Martin (6-0, 186 jr.) will be the halfbacks, the fullback will be 6-0, 190 sr. Seth Parris. The offensive front will have Brandon Hazzard (6-0, 245 sr.) at tight end, Josh Miller (6-3, 295 sr.) and Josh Lambert (6-5, 230 jr.) will be the tackles, Ralph Miller (5-9, 245 sr.), and Cam Bailey (6-1, 265 sr.) will be the guards, Tim Wojcik (5-9, 265 sr.) will be at center. Zane Quesenberry and Taylor Akers will play the wideout position. Logan Haynes will do the punting, Matt Songer will take care of the placements, and Jon Humphrey will be the holder.
Nubian Peak is the team’s leading rusher and scorer with 874 yards, an average of 109 per game, and has scored 92 points. Parris is a solid second with 522 rushing yards, 65 per game, and 66 points on 11 touchdowns. Watson is having a very good overall total offensive season to date with 290 yards rushing and 655 yards passing for 945 total offensive yards. Quesenberry and Nubian Peak have combined for 20 pass receptions.
Defensively, the Cougars had not allowed more than 16 points to an opponent in 2008 until last week at Blacksburg when they gave up 20. Pulaski County will line up Josh Miller, Hazzard, Jared Cole (6-0, 230 sr.), and Langston Lewis (6-3, 360 sr.) up front. The linebackers will be Parris, C.J. Burleson (6-0, 200 sr.), E.J. Dobbins (5-11, 225 sr.), and Tahrick Peak (6-2, 200 jr.). Quesenberry will be the safety and Akers and Trey Smith will be the corners on the secondary.
Tahrick Peak leads the defense in tackles with 97 on the season, but a lot of players are getting in on the action as Burleson has 55 total tackles, Quesenberry also has 55, Lewis has 53, Hazzard 52, and Dobbins 50. Cole leads the team with five sacks and 10 tackles for lost yardage. Hazzard has tackled the opposition nine times for minus yards, and Josh Miller has tossed the enemy for a loss seven times. Quesenberry leads the way with six pass interceptions.
COUGARS PAWS — The Pulaski County junior varsity team will play at Christiansburg tonight at 6 p.m. … Gates to Dobson Stadium will open at 6 p.m. tomorrow evening … In other River Ridge games Cave Spring is at Salem and Hidden Valley is at Blacksburg … The Touchdown Club 50/50 raffle and the concessions stands on both sides of the field will be in full operation when the gates open to Dobson Stadium. 

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