Middle School Cougars outrun Abingdon


Keyonte Kennedy rushed 26 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns as the middle school Cougars defeated Abingdon 28-20 Wednesday at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium.

The Cougars kicked off, but a fumble on the second play of the game was recovered by Marcus Wright to give Pulaski County the ball.

It took just four plays for the Cougars to light up the scoreboard. Kennedy scored his first points of the night on a 2 yard run with 6:46 remaining in the first quarter. Jacob Johnson hit Caleb Underwood for the two point conversion to give the Cougars an 8-0 lead.

Abingdon began to move the ball downfield on their second drive, but another Falcon fumble was recovered by Cougar Jesse Cook near the Cougar goal line.

The Cougar drive stalled, forcing a punt. Abingdon, aided by an illegal substitution penalty by the Cougar defense, moved the ball into Cougar territory. The Falcon quarterback threw a 12 yard touchdown pass with 6:37 remaining in the half, but the two point conversion was no good to leave the score 8-6 Pulaski.

Pulaski County went back to work on the ground. Kennedy, Johnson and J.J. Gulley pushed the ball from their own 17 yard line to deep inside Falcon territory. With 1:53 remaining in the half, Gulley carried the mail from 13 yards out for the second Cougar touchdown of the night. Kennedy ran the two point conversion in to move the Cougars up 16-6.

The Falcons didn’t just throw in the towel. With 20.3 seconds remaining in the half they connected for a 29 yard touchdown pass. The two pointer made it 16-14 Cougars at the half.

The Cougars brought the second half kickoff out to the 24 yard line, but the Falcon defense held tough. On third down and eight Johnson dropped back and hit Gulley with a pass across the middle. The defender fell down, Gulley caught the ball and raced 77 yards for the score. The two pointer was no good, leaving the Cougars up 22-14 with 5:42 remaining in the third.

After forcing a punt, the Cougar offense took over again. A quick drive down the field moved Pulaski County to the Falcon five yard line. Trevor Burton ran the ball in for the score from there, but the two pointer was no good. Pulaski County led 28-14 at that point.

Abingdon scored on a four yard pass with 6:02 remaining in the contest, but the PAT failed leaving the Cougars up 28-20. Another Falcon drive was stopped when Garrison Coleman recovered another Abingdon fumble with under three minutes left in the game. The Cougars earned three first downs to finish out the game with the win.

In addition to Kennedy’s rushing show, Gulley added six carries for 64 yards. Johnson ran four times for 29 yards and Burton ran twice for 6 yards. Johnson connected on one of two pass attempts for 77 yards. The Cougars had 38 total carries for 311 yards, an 8.18 yard per carry average and 388 total yards.

The Falcons had 22 carries for 120 yards and completed six of 11 passes for 64 yards. That accounts for 184 total yards of offense.

The win moves the Cougars to 2-1 on the season. They go on the road Monday for their next game, which will be against Carroll County. Kickoff at Carroll County High School is set for 5:30 p.m.



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