Playing on Muhlenberg County’s new, multi-million dollar turf field last Friday evening, the Cougar football team trounced the Mustangs 42-7 to move to 4-0 on the season.
Unofficially, the Cougars ran for more than 400 yards against the Mustang defense, including 103 yards by sophomore quarterback, Talon Gary.
Senior Dustin Crain had 80 yards on six carries and a pair of touchdowns. Senior Braxton Williams also scored twice, carrying six times for 58 yards. Senior Dalton Logsdon had 70 yards on 10 carries and scored once for the Cougars.
The final touchdown of the night came in the waning moments of the game when the Cougars had their second teams on the field. Sophomore Taylor Wright scored on an end around to make it 42-0 with just over four minutes left to play.
The Cougar defense held the Mustangs in check all night, keeping them out of the end zone until the 1:29 mark of the fourth quarter when they scored against the Cougar subs. Grayson County recovered two Mustang fumbles on the night as well.
Muhlenberg County had the ball first and went three-and-out, punting the ball away and setting up the Cougars on their own 38, where they began their first scoring drive. With the Cougars facing a second-and-14 at the 50 following an illegal procedure penalty, Gary kept the ball and got loose for 44 yards, down to the Mustang six.
On first down, Gary pitched the ball to Williams, who skirted the end for the first score of the night. Michael Thomas then missed on the extra point, his first miss in four games, and the Cougars led 6-0 at the 9:13 mark. Thomas was pefect on his next four kicks for the Cougars.
The Mustangs were able to sustain a drive that took them into Cougar territory, but on a first down at the Cougar 42, fumbled the ball. Playing safety on defense, Gary recovered the ball at the Cougar 44 and Grayson County began another scoring march.
Gary had another big run in the second possession, taking the ball 25 yards, down to the Mustang 19. After Logsdon picked up a first down at the five, Crain took a pitch and scored his first TD of the night. Gary scored on a two-point conversion, and with 1:57 sshowing on the clock, the Cougars held a 14-0 lead.
Just a few seconds into the second period, the Mustangs gave up the ball on downs at the Cougar 30 and Grayson County started their third consecutive scoring drive. Logsdon did most of the heavy lifting on this drive, carrying five time for 40 yards, including a nine-yard run for a score that put the Cougars ahead 21-0 at the 8:32 mark of the second period.
The Cougars forced another three-and-out and had great field position, at the Mustang 37 on their next possession, but a lost fumble stopped that drive.
But the defense held again and got the ball back again for the offense. The Cougars then drove 50 yards in three plays, capped off by a 27-yard pass play from Gary to Crain for another touchdown. Gary completed just two of seven passes in this game for 28 yards, but did have this one score. Grayson County led 28-0 at the half.
After the two teams exchanged punts opening the second half, the Cougars were on the go again from their own 28 with 7:27 left in the period. Crain gained 26 yards on first down, then Logsdon carried twice, to the Mustang 23. Williams then carried the rest of the way for his second touchdown of the night, and with 5:44 left in the third quarter, it was 35-0.
Head coach Ed Smart then began using his second-string players and they took up where the first-string left off. They began the final scoring drive of the night at their own nine-yard line. Eleven plays later, Wright carried around the right side for the final TD of the night.
In that final, 91-yard drive, sophomore Thomas Walton carried four times for 45 yards, and sophomore quarterback Trey Waltermire carried twice for 11 yards. Wright carried three times for 39 yards, including his 23-yard scoring run.
The Mustangs avoided the shutout when Anthony Mason capped a 69-yard drive with a 31 yard run for a touchdown with 1:29 left in the game.
The Cougars will be at home this coming Friday night as they play host to Butler County. It should be a hard battle as the Bears come in with a perfect 4-0 record. Game time at Cougar Field is set for 7 p.m.