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Cougars dominated by Spartans

By DAVID GRAVELY

SWT Sports Editor

Pulaski County found themselves outmatched and overpowered Friday night in a 42-6 loss to the Salem Spartans.

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The loss moves the Cougars to 4-6 on the season, while the Spartans move to 8-2.  The Spartans will hold on to their number two spot in the VHSL rankings, while Pulaski County will most likely move from the fourteenth spot to either the thirteen spot or possibly even higher due to wins and losses by other teams throughout the state.

The top six teams in last weeks rankings…Sherando, Salem, G.W. Danville, King George, Courtland, and Eastern View..all won.  Handley High School was scheduled to play on Saturday.  Woodgrove and Liberty won, but last week’s number ten team Loudoun County lost.  Dominion High School won, but E.C. Glass and Fauquier lost.  The Cougars, who were fourteen, lost while Charlottesville won.  Amherst, who was ranked sixteen, lost as well.

Despite the fact that many have said that the Cougar’s schedule was not tough this season, that very schedule is what has the Cougars the points to make it into the playoffs.

“We know there were some mismatches out there tonight, but the kids we had on the field played hard and did the best they could,” said Cougar Head Coach Todd Jones.  “Salem was good.  The two guys we had playing nose guard were giving up a hundred to a hundred and fifty pounds to the guy across from them every play.  They kept trying though.  I was proud of the effort most of our guys gave.”

The scoring started early for the Spartans.  After returning the opening kickoff to the 36-yard line, Coleman Fox took the handoff and raced 64 yards for the score.  Kyle Reighard kicked the point after to give Salem the 7-0 lead.  After a four and out by the Cougars, the Spartans used seven plays to move 62 yards.  The scoring play came on an 18 yard run by Alex Ramsey with 7:21 remaining in the first quarter.  Reighard was good on the PAT, and Salem led 14-0.

Pulaski County earned their first first down of the game on the next drive, but that would be it as they were again forced to punt.  The Spartans drove the ball from their own 13-yard line down to the Cougar 3-yard line before a good hit knocked the ball loose and J.D. Sutphin recovered for the Cougars.

Two rushes by Cougar quarterback Marcus Johnston earned Pulaski six yards, but on third down a Johnston pass was intercepted by Fox at the 50-yard line.  A 17-yard run by Fox was followed by a 33-yard pass from Austin Coulling to Isaiah Parker for the score.  The Reighard PAT put the score at 21-0 in favor of the Spartans.

Salem would close out the first half with another drive, this one covering 56 yards in seven plays with DeVante Payne carrying the ball into the end zone from 14 yards out.  The Cougars finished the first half with 58 total yards of offense, while the Spartans had earned 294 yards.

The second half started much the same as the second, with the Cougars being forced to punt the ball away.  The Spartans took over on their own 31-yard line, and five plays later were back in the end zone after Chandler Hunt carried the ball in from two yards out.  That put the score at 35-0 with 8:01 remaining in the third quarter.

With the clock running nonstop, the Spartans forced another Cougar punt to take over at their own 30-yard line.  Several short rushes moved the ball just across mid-field, and then Fox broke free for a 42-yard scoring run down the home sideline.  The PAT by Reighard moved the score to 42-0 with 1:19 remaining in the third quarter.

The Cougars finally got on the scoreboard with just 1:39 remaining in the game.  After a long pass completion from Johnston to Dillon Alley moved the ball to the Spartan4-yard line, Quincy Rollins broke into the end zone for the touchdown.  The PAT by Tyler Harrison was no good, leaving the score at 42-6.

Malik Eaves led the Cougars on the ground with 31 yards on five rushing attempts.  Rollins had six carries for 15 yards, Johnston had five yards in 16 attempts, Ervine had two attempts for four yards, and Alley had four carries for no yards.

Fox led all rushers with seven carries for 142 yards.  Devanta Womack had four carries for 67 yards, Ramsey had five carries for 35 yards, and Payne and five carries for 26 yards.  Hunt carried the ball three times for nine yards.

“We’re going to figure out for sure who we play, put together a plan for them and get to work,” said Coach Jones.  “Starting now everybody is back to 0-0.  Each week is your last week if you don’t win.  We’re going to do everything we can to win.  The regular season is over now, and all it takes is one young man to step up and make a play that moves us forward.  We’re going to give it our best.”

The playoffs will be set up so that the top eight teams out of the sixteen that will play in the first round will host.  The Cougars will be ranked in the bottom half, and will have to travel.  Once the final official rankings and playoff schedule have been released, we will post it here and online at our regular website and on our sports Facebook page.

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18 Responses to Cougars dominated by Spartans

  1. The LIGHT

    November 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Jim Mora,
    “PLAYOFFS??!! Playoffs??? You wanna talk about PLAYOFFS??!! I just hope we can win a game!

    JONES MUST GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. the truth

    November 11, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    MORE EXCUSES. Their players were bigger and faster than mine. LMAO. That is certainly the one thing Jones can do well is provide EXCUSES. How about this (Jones) you were simply out coached and out played PERIOD by a far better team and coaching staff. No big shock there as that has happened the entire season(especially the out coached part). Lets look at the numbers of the 10 teams PC played this year only 3 had a winning record (PH, Cburg, Salem) 4 had a losing record (SR, Bburg, Carroll, Franklin) 3 finished .500 (Radford, HV, CS) and yet with these poultry numbers of the opponents PC goes a WHOPPING 4-6(another losing season). I guess if Jones stays (let’s all hope he doesn’t) the administration can start scheduling rec league teams for him to play because they certainly can’t get a more cupcake schedule for him to try and win some games. JONES MUST GO!!!

    • A True Brother!

      November 12, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Once again, speaking these bold words behind a pretty screen name!! COWARD! What’s the matter? Afraid of your own ridicule if you put a real name for people to know who you “truth”fully are? Kind of ironic but totally COWARDLY!

      • The man on the sideline

        November 12, 2013 at 9:05 pm

        You should know whatever job you have you need to win?
        If you teach math your kids should pass sol.
        If you coach your kids should Win Football games?

        • A True Brother!

          November 17, 2013 at 11:05 am

          And you should know that whatever you speak on here behind a screen name that it is the work of a COWARD! You’re not a fan, just someone who wants to go to a game andthen throw your 2¢ out to whoever will listen. I’m listening! Was waiting for you to come see me, COWARD!

  3. The man on the sideline

    November 11, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Leaders don’t blame anyone they take it. I want our leader to stand up and say I’m not getting the job done!!!!! JONES MUST GO!

    • A True Brother!

      November 18, 2013 at 7:37 am

      And we, or maybe just I, would like you to MAN up and show your true face. The season is over, I waited on you in Courtland, but you never spoke (to me). So now that it is all said and done, why not let the cat out of the bag?
      Seems like you have done your research on the family, with the ironic post of a math teacher. Yet it is all done behind a computer keyboard. I called you out and gave you the chance to cone out if the coward lifestyle that you live and you did nothing. Therefore, yes I will always call you a COWARD!

  4. disgusted

    November 12, 2013 at 1:44 am

    I have lived in Pulaski County all my life and have never seen so much whining and complaining in all my life. Regardless of who coaches you would never be able to satisfy this bunch of hypocrits and backstabbers in Pulaski County. You people need to worry about more serious things that go on in our schools like the drugs and the bullying. GET A LIFE.

  5. concerned

    November 12, 2013 at 7:35 am

    I agree. These are the same ones calling for Hicks to go because the game had passed him by, calling for Turner to go, and now Jones. They won’t ever come to the realization that they are part of the problem and Pulaski just isn’t what it used to be. It doesn’t matter who you get in there to coach, the Cougars are an average football team over the long run and might be able to sprinkle an 8-2 season here and there but even that won’t be good enough.

    • Mike

      November 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Turner has taken a team that has no football history and on a long losing streak and guided them to a 6-4 record and a playoff spot. Amazing / funny how things have worked out . For those who care I am a Cougar fan and could less who the coach is, I only want our team to succeed.

      • The man on the sideline

        November 12, 2013 at 9:01 pm

        Turner should be coach of the year! It is funny how things turn out carma

        • concerned

          November 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

          Turner has done a great job down there in Auburn and the program is definitely on the rise. The weight program will pay huge dividends at that level and the rise in community spirit will continue to help that program develop in the future.

          However, let’s not get carried away. Who has Auburn beaten? Roanoke Catholic, Narrows, Craig County, East Mont, and Floyd. Those teams combined won about a total of 10 or 11 games and those wins were against each other & Bland.

          • pchsdad

            November 17, 2013 at 10:06 pm

            Jack quit his job at Pulaski….who cares how well he does.

  6. Dave Price

    November 13, 2013 at 9:06 am

    It’s Karma with a K. And cheaters never win so true Karma with a K should be right around the corner if there is such a thing. I do not have a dog in this hunt per se. I’m sure you idiots posted every other day on the “maybe Pulaski just isn’t good enough” and blamed your sorry football team on everything from the coaches to the rec. system and the schools that feed it. Some of you obviously like the warm, wet blanket of anonymity, in the real world, it’s call TROLLING. Notice the emphasis with the RAISED LETTERING. Coach Jones does more than you know to help the kids off the field and cannot play the game for them on it. I’ll gladly let him coach my kid in a few years. But if he (my son) doesn’t fulfill his gridiron glory dreams (which by the way you or your children probably never did and that’s why you’re griping)I will not blame his coach, or the rec. system, or the referees or the sun being in his eyes, or injury, or Karma with a K.
    And I will bet my retirement you idiots are Chokie fans as well, you sound just like them: fire Beamer, fire Stinespring!, we need new blood (how’s all those new coaches working out for ya ;-)this year and so since your QB sucks, you gonna blame Loefler?). Soooo, stop complaining, pat the man (Jones) on the back and tell him, we’ll get ‘em next year!

    • pchsdad

      November 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      Spoken like a true WVU fan……..

  7. concerned

    November 13, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Forgot to add Montcalm (I think they had 2 wins and were beated by several teams on the above list.)

  8. disgusted

    November 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    The way I see it is that Mr. Jones and The Cougars are not the losers here. The idiots that are putting all of the negative feedback on this site are the real LOSERS.

  9. sad day for Cougar track fans

    November 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    It’s a sad day for Cougar track fans as Leslie Monghan was named head boy’s and girls track coach. She led the cougars to a last place finish in cross country and couldn’t field a full team most of the year. Now she takes over a track program that has been near the top of the state the past 9 years. She doesn’t have a clue how to run a track program and her assistants are ready to jump ship.

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