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Depleted Middle School Cougars struggle

By DAVID GRAVELY

sports@southwesttimes.com

 

What do you do when your starting quarterback along with several other key starters are out with either an injury or illness? You do the best you can and keep working to get better.

 

The Pulaski County Middle School Cougar football team has been dealing with that exact situation to start their season, with at least three other players out Monday as well as they hosted Andrew Lewis. To their credit, the hobbled Cougars put up a fight before falling 21-0.

 

Andrew Lewis scored on a 37-yard interception return with 5:10 remaining in the first quarter and a 38-yard run with 3:30 remaining in the second quarter to take a 14-0 lead into the halftime break.

 

The Wolverines scored a final touchdown on a 33-yard run with 5:14 remaining in the third quarter to take the 21-0 final lead.

 

Tyler Underwood was the leading rusher for the Cougars with 12 carries for 26 yards. He also caught one pass for four yards. Quarterback Brett Jones, who was actually supposed to be a key receiver for the middle school squad, rushed eight times for 10 yards and completed three of six passes for 11 yards with an interception.

 

The Cougars finished the game with just 36 total yards of offense and four first downs. The Wolverines had 19 carries for 103 yards, well below their average, and completed one of two passes for 10 yards. They had 113 total yards and only five first downs.

 

Despite the score, there were some bright moments for the younger Cougars. Jones raced across the field and ran down a Wolverine runner just shy of the goal line, forcing a fumble and a turnover and preventing a score late in the game. Lineman Nick Smith recovered a fumble to keep a Cougar drive alive. Defenders Gabriel Huff and Ethan Tickle each had either sacks or tackles for a loss against the Wolverines.

 

The younger Cougars will be back in action Thursday, Sept. 12, in a home double header with the junior varsity Cougars against the visiting Abingdon Falcons. Middle School action will begin at 5 p.m., the junior varsity contest is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

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