Cougars get in a good day of work

By DAVID GRAVELY
SWT SPORTS EDITOR

It rained, but nobody really cared. Football season is here.

Pulaski County took the football field for their first taste of live action Friday in a four way scrimmage with Radford, Magna Vista and Liberty Christian Academy.

By the end of the day each of the four teams had a better idea of where they stood and a good idea of what adjustments they needed to make before their final preseason action next week.

The rain did cause some inconveniences. The matchups had to be moved from the stadium to the two practice fields to prevent damage to the surface of Joel Hicks Field. That was ok with most people. It got them a little closer to the action.

For the Cougars the day started with the Radford Bobcats. Senior Kellen Dalton got the starting nod at quarterback. Junior Kade Akers swapped in and out with him frequently to give the coaching staff a good chance to see both in action.

Akers connected with Noah O’Dell on a short pass for the only score of the matchup. Both quarterbacks had completions and both had good runs.

It’s hard to judge an event like this because, as it moves along, the coaches are constantly putting players in and out of the lineup to get as many on film as possible. The Cougar defense looked good against the Bobcats, giving up some plays but holding when it counted.

Magna Vista was next on the list for Pulaski County, and they came out firing on all cylinders. A short pass turned into a long scoring run, and on the next play a Warrior running back broke free for a long scoring run. On their seventh play, the Warriors caught a Cougar secondary player off guard for a long scoring pass.

Dalton connected with junior E.J. Horton on a beautiful pass and catch across the middle for the first Cougar score. Later Deamon Williams rolled over and through several defenders on short scoring run to end that session.

The LCA Bulldogs were up next, and the Cougars used the time to get as many players as possible on the field. Several Cougars got the chance to run the ball. Dalton handled the quarterback duties until sophomore James Jackson took the field in relief. Jackson, an athletic sophomore wide reciever and defender, was forced into service after an injury to starting junior varsity quarterback Chris Shay. Jackson performed admirably under the circumstances.

With the day over, the coaching staffs all went back to work. Adjustments will be made, lineups will have slight changes and players will be expected to perform even better next week.

For the Cougars that will be in a four way jamboree with George Wythe, Galax, Rustburg and Liberty-Bedford Friday at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium.

JV action is set to begin at 4:30, followed by varsity matchups at 5:00 p.m. Check back later this week for updates.

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