Cougars get much needed win over Fleming

By DAVID GRAVELY
SWT SPORTS EDITOR

The Cougar football team struck fast and struck often on their way to a 62-19 win over the visiting William Fleming Colonels Thursday at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium.

“I thought we played better this week, but we still have plenty of work to do,” Cougar head coach Stephen James said. “It’s always good to get everyone in the game, but we’ve still got some questions on our team that we need answered.”

Jaylin Nowlin bulled his way into the end zone from 2 yards out with 5:27 remaining in the first quarter. Ryan Castle hit the PAT to give Pulaski County a 7-0 lead.

Castle connected for a 33 yard field goal with 1:33 remaining in the first to put the Cougars up 10-0. Reymon Williams recovered a Colonel fumble two plays later. Jaceri Eaves took advantage of the short field position and ran in from 4 yards out for the next score. Alex Akers ran in the 2-point conversion and the Cougars led 18-0.

The second quarter saw William Fleming get on the board with 11:18 remaining with a 9 yard touchdown pass. The Cougars answered with an 18 yard touchdown pass from Kade Akers to a wide open E.J. Horton. Castle was again good with the kick, moving the score to 25-7.

Power running put the next touchdown in the books. Eaves ran over, around and through defenders for a 13 yard touchdown. Castle’s PAT made it 32-7. The score remained that way until the halftime break.

William Fleming kicked off to start the second half. Pulaski County began driving down the field but an interception ended that drive. The Cougars returned the favor when Connor Martin stepped in front of a Colonel pass and returned it to the Cougar 11 yard line. Eleven plays later the Cougars turned the ball over on downs, but on their first play they fumbled again and Williams picked up his second recovery of the night.

With 4:18 left in the third the Cougars finally got on the board again. Kellen Dalton took the ball up the middle for a 6 yard scoring run. Castle’s PAT made it 39-7. Three minutes later Akers rolled out to his right and hit Dalton on an out pass. Dalton made one move and raced 55 yards for his second score of the night and a 46-7 Cougar lead.

William Fleming kept fighting. On the next kickoff a Colonel return man caught the ball at the 3 yard line and broke free for a 97 yard kickoff return touchdown. The PAT was blocked, leaving the score at 46-13.

Pulaski County began to empty the bench, but the results stayed the same. With sophomore James Jackson at quarterback, the Cougars marched down the field quickly. Sophomore Gage Mannon, who had played defense most of the night, broke through the first line of defenders and into the end zone for a 4 yard touchdown run with 10:59 remaining in the game. After a penalty negated a good kick, the PAT was no good to move the score to 52-19.

Fleming caught the Cougar backup defensive players napping three plays later, connecting for a 73 yard touchdown pass. The PAT failed, leaving the Cougars up 52-19.

Castle was given the chance to try a 48 yard field goal with 4:22 remaining on a running clock. It was good and would have been good from another 5 or 6 yards back, moving the score to 55-19.

With freshman linemen, backup receivers, a freshman running back and Jackson still at quarterback, the Cougars went back to work minutes later. Jackson took the ball on a keeper just off the right side and raced 22 yards for the final score of the night. The Castle PAT left it 62-19.

“It’s always good to get a win, but we can’t get overly excited about this one,” James said. “I’m glad we got the game in before the rain. We’ll get an extra day of rest now and bring the guys in Monday to start getting ready for Abingdon.”

The Cougars travel to Abingdon Friday to face the Falcons for the first time in program history. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Game Stats
Team
First Downs
PC – 25
WF – 7

Rushing
PC – 44 att/330 yards
WF – 18 att/1 yards

Passing
PC – 11 of 18/3 INT/174 yards
WF – 9 of 21/3 INT/210 yards

Total Yards
PC – 504 yards
WF – 211 yards

Fumbles/Lost
PC – 1-0
WF – 2-2

Penalties
PC – 9/66 yards
WF – 6/62 yards

Punting
PC – 0/0 avg.
WF – 6/23.5 avg.

Return Yards
PC – 182
WF – 86 yards

Individual Stats
Rushing
PC – Eaves 16/112 yards, Nowlin 8/67, Finley 8-45, Dalton 4/42, Akers 4/24, Jackson 1/22
WF – #44 2/6, #3 2/5, #15 3/3, #21 4/0, #2 1/5, #28 2/-7, #4 4/-16

Passing
PC – Akers 11 of 18/3 INT/174 yards
WF – #2 0 of 1, #15 0 of 1/INT, #4 9 of 19/3 INT/210 yards

Receiving
PC – Dalton 3/61, Hotron 4/29, Blevins 2/39, Clark 2/45
WF – #7 1/73, #2 5/52, #10 2/76, #3 1/9

Interceptions
PC – Martin, D. Williams
WF – #21/2, #10/1

Fumble Recoveries
PC – R. Williams/2
WF – 0

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