Iroquois Raiders shut out Cougars 21-0

By Don Brown

October 8, 2013

Coming off a rousing win over North Hardin last week, the Cougar football team hoped to make it two district wins in a row last Friday at Iroquois High School, in Louisville, but the Raiders had winning ideas of their own, and used three big plays to down the Cougars 21-0.

It was a warm, humid evening in Louisville and about 20 minutes before the start of the game, the area around Iroquois Park was inundated with a torrential rain squall. The field itself seemed to drain pretty well and the footing was good, but the sidelines quickly became a quagmire.

It was difficult to figure out who was doing what for the Raiders as many of their starters were not even listed on their roster. Two running backs accounted for all three Raider touchdowns, but neither was listed on the roster.

It was a totally frustrating night for the Cougar offense as they were unable to move the ball at all. Grayson County had 10 possessions in the game, six of which resulted in punts. They gave the ball up on downs twice and twice possessions ended with Raider interceptions. The Cougars were on the Raider side of the field only three times on the night, with their deepest penetration being to the Raider 31 early in the third quarter.

The Cougars had the ball first, but went three-and-out and punted the ball away, with the Raiders taking over at their own 47. On first down, a Raider runner (#23, but not listed) swept the right side. The Cougars had him hemmed in for what should have been a loss, but numerous broken tackles later the ball-carrier burst down the far sideline, 57 yards for a touchdown to make it 7-0.

To add to the problems on the night, the Raider scoreboard was not working, so the time was kept on the field. After the first score, the officials notified the Cougar sideline that the score came at 9:26. Neither team was able to move the ball after that and the first period ended with the score still at 7-0.

On their first possession of the second period, the Cougars were forced to punt again from their own 21-yard line. When the punt was blocked, the Raiders took over at the Cougar 29.

On third down at the Cougar 12, a Raider ball-carrier took it to the one, but a holding call moved it back to the 22. On the next play, though, the Raiders scored again with 2:34 left in the half to make it 14-0, which is the way the half ended.

Talon Gary came up with an interception on Iroquois’ first play of the second half, giving the Cougars the ball at their own 40. They converted a fourth-and-inches for a first down at the Raider 46. Gary then completed a pass to junior Dylan Decker for nine yards, but a pass interference penalty moved it to the 31.

That would be the high-water mark for the Cougars as they started going backwards after that. A fumbled snap and two straight losses on runs pushed the Cougars back to the 44-yard line, where on fourth-and-22 they punted once more.

The Raiders had the ball at their own 23 following the punt. Grayson County seemed to be in good shape after two illegal procedure penalties and a quarterback sack moved the ball back to the nine, where the Raiders faced a second-and-24. But once again, that #23 swept the left side and found clear sailing down the far sideline for the final score of the night.

The Cougars (3-4) will continue district play this Friday at Cougar Field when they host Jeffersontown at 6:30 p.m. The Chargers (1-5) are coming off a 24-23, double-overtime win over North Hardin last week for their first win of the season.