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Middle School Cougars fall to Colonels




An injury and illness riddled roster of middle school players took the field Thursday as they hosted William Fleming in the first game of their regular season. The end result was a 24-0 setback for the younger Cougars.


While Pulaski County did take a loss, they didn’t go down without a fight. A back-and-forth attack by both team saw the first quarter end scoreless. Pulaski County moved the ball to start the game, earning three first downs with Brett Jones taking the snaps in place of the starting quarterback.


A fumble ended the first Cougar drive, but William Fleming returned the favor four plays later. A steady dose of the Cougar ground game continued to move the ball, but on fourth down and four the Fleming defense held, giving the ball back to the Colonels.


Two intercepted Cougar passes ended the next two drives, leaving the Colonels with their backs against their own goal line. With time running out in the first half a William Fleming receiver made an athletic play, broke free down the visitors’ sideline and raced 86 yards for a touchdown as the clock ran out on the first half. The two-point conversion was stopped, leaving the Colonels up 6-0.


The second half saw William Fleming find their stride as they went on to score on a five-yard pass, a 10-yard run and a 48-yard punt return to put the game out of reach. To their credit, the outmanned Cougars stopped every two-point conversion, partially blocked a Fleming punt, recovered two fumbles and pressured the quarterback throughout the game.


Jones finished the night with 12 rushing attempts for 31 yards and was five of nine passing for 26 yards with two interceptions in his first start at the position. Tyler Underwood ran 11 times for 11 yards and was responsible for partially blocking the first William Fleming punt attempt. Davion Robinson ran one time for five yards. Trey Landreth came into the game at quarterback late in the fourth quarter, but issues with receiving the snap resulted in several plays for lost yardage. Jack Allen and Marcus Reed each recovered a Colonel fumble.


The Colonels had 16 rushing attempts for 32 yards. The difference maker was their passing game, which finished five of 13 for 139 yards.


The middle school Cougars will be back in action Thursday, Sept. 5, when they travel to Roanoke to face the Patrick Henry Patriots.



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