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“People are probably tried of hearing this is a typical Salem – Pulaski County football game every year, but that’s what it is,’’ Pulaski County head coach Jack Turner said Wednesday.
“There is so much at stake. The key might be which team has the ability to relax and play at its highest level. In games like this, mistakes, penalties, turnovers, and things of that nature are always huge factors. We must play our best game because we must assume that’s what Salem is going to do,’’ says Turner. “I think both programs respect each other a great deal, but both want very much to beat the other. Certainly we have come up short too often in recent years (lost seven in a row). We need this one,’’ added Turner.
But Turner is not concerned if his Cougars will be ready to play. “You cannot be certain that you will play your best, but our team will play its hardest. We will give it everything we’ve got. That’s all you can ask. It will be one of those fired up kind of nights. There is no need for a fire and brimstone pre-game speech.
“This game is really important to our seniors. They want to beat Salem before their careers are over, and it’s big for our program. Pulaski County has a lot of pride in its football program, and we work very hard. I’m proud of this team. These kids set a goal for themselves for this season and we’re right where we all wanted to be. This group of seniors has elevated Pulaski County’s football program back to the level we wanted it to be. Coaching this team has been a joy, a real pleasure. I want to keep this season going as long as we possibly can because our team is having fun, and everything they accomplish will come from a lot of hard work and a great team attitude,” said Turner.
The starting offense for the Spartans tomorrow evening in Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium will have Joey Bikkers (5-10, 220 jr.) at center, the guards will be Trevor Stump (5-7, 202 sr.) and Matt Carr (6-1, 242 sr.), the tackles are Tyler Person (6-4, 232 sr.) and Chris Sweatt (5-10, 250 sr.), and the tight end is Hunter Cox (6-2, 179 sr.). The Spartans start five seniors across the front. Donte Harvey is a blurr at wide receiver and kick returner too. Kirk Coles is Salem’s leading rusher and scorer at tailback, Adam Collie is the fullback and scatback Antonio Medley will see lots of time in the backfield as well with the other wideouts being the Barnette twins, Stephen and Reggie, both standing in at 6-2.
The Spartan quarterback is where the major change has occurred in the lineup. Junior Hunter Sturgill has taken over for injured Derrick Hickman. Sturgill is more of a thrower, Hickman was more of a runner. Sturgill likes to throw long. He completed five passes last week for an average completion of 38 yards per catch. He connected with Harvey on a play that went for 93 yards.
Defensively, the Spartans are impressive as they almost always are at the line of scrimmage. Jacob Semones (5-11, 225) is the nose tackle, Ryan Dowe (6-1, 230 sr.) and Brandyn Turley (6-1, 247 sr.) are two returning all-district and all-region tackles, Seth Fisher (6-1, 185 sr.) and Johnny Walker (6-0, 193 sr.) are the two ends, Harvey and Reggie Barnette are the two corners, Wes Pritchett (5-6, 165 sr.), and Lang Hawkins (6-1, 208 sr.) are the inside linebackers, and two outstanding safeties Jackson Bradley (6-0, 166 jr.) and Kyle Schwizer (6-0, 161 sr.) keep the Salem defense steady.
For Pulaski County, Luke Watson will be the quarterback. He has 1,093 yards of total offense, 307 rushing and 780 passing. One halfback will be junior Jolly Martin and the other senior Nubian Peak. Peak has rushed for 984 yards, and caught 13 passes for another 211 yards and 1,195 total offensive yards. He has tallied 104 points. The fullback is senior Seth Parris who has rushed for 525 yards and scored 11 touchdowns for 66 points. The leading receiver for the Cougars is starting wideout, senior Zane Quesenberry who has caught nine passes for 245 yards. Junior Taylor Akers and senior Antwyne Calfee will both see plenty of action as receivers too.
The center will be Tim Wojcik (5-9, 265 sr.), the guards Cam Bailey (6-1, 265 sr.) and Ralph Miller (5-9, 245 sr.), the tackles will be Josh Lambert (6-5, 230 jr.), and Josh Miller (6-3, 295 sr.), and the tight end is Brandon Hazzard (6-0, 245 sr.).

Josh Miller leads the team with 18 “pancake’’ blocks, Bailey has 15, and Lambert 11. Pulaski County’s offense has averaged 18.4 first downs per game to the opposition’s 8.9. The Cougars have put up 357.4 total yards of offense per game and allowed only 172.3. Pulaski County also has given the pigskin away by fumble or pass interception just five times, but the Cougars have totaled 18 turnovers, for a plus-13 advantage.

Defensively, Josh Miller, who has recovered two fumbles, will start across the front along with E.J. Dobbins (5-11, 225 sr.), Jared Cole (6-0, 230 sr.), Langston Lewis (6-3, 365 sr.), and Hazzard will man up at the line of scrimmage. Tahrick Peak (6-2, 200 jr.), C.J. Burleson (6-0, 200 sr.), and Parris will be the linebackers. Calfee will be at one cornerback, Trey Smith and Akers will share time at the other corner, and Quesenberry will be the safety.
Tahrick Peak leads the team with 112 tackles, Quesenberry is second with 67, and he also has seven pass interceptions, Burleson has 64 tackles, Hazzard, Lewis, and Dobbins all have 59, and Cole 55. Cole leads the team with 12 tackles for lost yardage and Hazzard is next with 11.
COUGAR PAUSE — Gates will open to Dobson Stadium tomorrow evening at 5:30 … both the gates at the upper and lower levels of the stadium will be selling tickets … Concessions and the 50/50 raffle will both be in full operation when the gates open … Just how close is the series between these two proud football programs? Consider the following statistics. In the previous 32 games between the Cougars and Spartans, Pulaski County has outscored Salem 584-553 … the most points the Cougars ever scored in a game between the two is 46, the most for Salem is 47 … Pulaski County has the longest winning streak in the series between the two schools with eight straight, but Salem is currently working on a seven-game streak and could tie for the top run with a win Friday night … the lowest scoring game in the series between the two teams came when Salem won 6-3 in 1987, and the highest scoring game came when Salem won 41-21 in 1999 … The two teams could actually meet again, so all is not lost regardless of the victor tomorrow evening. Pulaski County and Salem are the only two teams that have already locked up a region playoff berth and will be seeded first and second. Should both win in the opening round of the playoffs, they would face each other a second time with the Region Four, Division 4 championship up for grabs.

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Fire and brimstone not necessary

“People are probably tried of hearing this is a typical Salem – Pulaski County football game every year, but that’s what it is,’’ Pulaski County head coach Jack Turner said Wednesday.
“There is so much at stake. The key might be which team has the ability to relax and play at its highest level. In games like this, mistakes, penalties, turnovers, and things of that nature are always huge factors. We must play our best game because we must assume that’s what Salem is going to do,’’ says Turner. “I think both programs respect each other a great deal, but both want very much to beat the other. Certainly we have come up short too often in recent years (lost seven in a row). We need this one,’’ added Turner.
But Turner is not concerned if his Cougars will be ready to play. “You cannot be certain that you will play your best, but our team will play its hardest. We will give it everything we’ve got. That’s all you can ask. It will be one of those fired up kind of nights. There is no need for a fire and brimstone pre-game speech.
“This game is really important to our seniors. They want to beat Salem before their careers are over, and it’s big for our program. Pulaski County has a lot of pride in its football program, and we work very hard. I’m proud of this team. These kids set a goal for themselves for this season and we’re right where we all wanted to be. This group of seniors has elevated Pulaski County’s football program back to the level we wanted it to be. Coaching this team has been a joy, a real pleasure. I want to keep this season going as long as we possibly can because our team is having fun, and everything they accomplish will come from a lot of hard work and a great team attitude,” said Turner.
The starting offense for the Spartans tomorrow evening in Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium will have Joey Bikkers (5-10, 220 jr.) at center, the guards will be Trevor Stump (5-7, 202 sr.) and Matt Carr (6-1, 242 sr.), the tackles are Tyler Person (6-4, 232 sr.) and Chris Sweatt (5-10, 250 sr.), and the tight end is Hunter Cox (6-2, 179 sr.). The Spartans start five seniors across the front. Donte Harvey is a blurr at wide receiver and kick returner too. Kirk Coles is Salem’s leading rusher and scorer at tailback, Adam Collie is the fullback and scatback Antonio Medley will see lots of time in the backfield as well with the other wideouts being the Barnette twins, Stephen and Reggie, both standing in at 6-2.
The Spartan quarterback is where the major change has occurred in the lineup. Junior Hunter Sturgill has taken over for injured Derrick Hickman. Sturgill is more of a thrower, Hickman was more of a runner. Sturgill likes to throw long. He completed five passes last week for an average completion of 38 yards per catch. He connected with Harvey on a play that went for 93 yards.
Defensively, the Spartans are impressive as they almost always are at the line of scrimmage. Jacob Semones (5-11, 225) is the nose tackle, Ryan Dowe (6-1, 230 sr.) and Brandyn Turley (6-1, 247 sr.) are two returning all-district and all-region tackles, Seth Fisher (6-1, 185 sr.) and Johnny Walker (6-0, 193 sr.) are the two ends, Harvey and Reggie Barnette are the two corners, Wes Pritchett (5-6, 165 sr.), and Lang Hawkins (6-1, 208 sr.) are the inside linebackers, and two outstanding safeties Jackson Bradley (6-0, 166 jr.) and Kyle Schwizer (6-0, 161 sr.) keep the Salem defense steady.
For Pulaski County, Luke Watson will be the quarterback. He has 1,093 yards of total offense, 307 rushing and 780 passing. One halfback will be junior Jolly Martin and the other senior Nubian Peak. Peak has rushed for 984 yards, and caught 13 passes for another 211 yards and 1,195 total offensive yards. He has tallied 104 points. The fullback is senior Seth Parris who has rushed for 525 yards and scored 11 touchdowns for 66 points. The leading receiver for the Cougars is starting wideout, senior Zane Quesenberry who has caught nine passes for 245 yards. Junior Taylor Akers and senior Antwyne Calfee will both see plenty of action as receivers too.
The center will be Tim Wojcik (5-9, 265 sr.), the guards Cam Bailey (6-1, 265 sr.) and Ralph Miller (5-9, 245 sr.), the tackles will be Josh Lambert (6-5, 230 jr.), and Josh Miller (6-3, 295 sr.), and the tight end is Brandon Hazzard (6-0, 245 sr.).

Josh Miller leads the team with 18 “pancake’’ blocks, Bailey has 15, and Lambert 11. Pulaski County’s offense has averaged 18.4 first downs per game to the opposition’s 8.9. The Cougars have put up 357.4 total yards of offense per game and allowed only 172.3. Pulaski County also has given the pigskin away by fumble or pass interception just five times, but the Cougars have totaled 18 turnovers, for a plus-13 advantage.

Defensively, Josh Miller, who has recovered two fumbles, will start across the front along with E.J. Dobbins (5-11, 225 sr.), Jared Cole (6-0, 230 sr.), Langston Lewis (6-3, 365 sr.), and Hazzard will man up at the line of scrimmage. Tahrick Peak (6-2, 200 jr.), C.J. Burleson (6-0, 200 sr.), and Parris will be the linebackers. Calfee will be at one cornerback, Trey Smith and Akers will share time at the other corner, and Quesenberry will be the safety.
Tahrick Peak leads the team with 112 tackles, Quesenberry is second with 67, and he also has seven pass interceptions, Burleson has 64 tackles, Hazzard, Lewis, and Dobbins all have 59, and Cole 55. Cole leads the team with 12 tackles for lost yardage and Hazzard is next with 11.
COUGAR PAUSE — Gates will open to Dobson Stadium tomorrow evening at 5:30 … both the gates at the upper and lower levels of the stadium will be selling tickets … Concessions and the 50/50 raffle will both be in full operation when the gates open … Just how close is the series between these two proud football programs? Consider the following statistics. In the previous 32 games between the Cougars and Spartans, Pulaski County has outscored Salem 584-553 … the most points the Cougars ever scored in a game between the two is 46, the most for Salem is 47 … Pulaski County has the longest winning streak in the series between the two schools with eight straight, but Salem is currently working on a seven-game streak and could tie for the top run with a win Friday night … the lowest scoring game in the series between the two teams came when Salem won 6-3 in 1987, and the highest scoring game came when Salem won 41-21 in 1999 … The two teams could actually meet again, so all is not lost regardless of the victor tomorrow evening. Pulaski County and Salem are the only two teams that have already locked up a region playoff berth and will be seeded first and second. Should both win in the opening round of the playoffs, they would face each other a second time with the Region Four, Division 4 championship up for grabs.

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