LEITCHFIELD -- If the middle school football teams had any hopes of winning the Green River Valley Conference Championship, they knew they had to beat arch-rival Ohio County.
The Cougars had been scheduled to play the Eagles last August 30, but the games were postponed because of heavy rains from the remnanats of Hurricane Katrina. The games were then rescheduled for this past Saturday, and the Cougars showed they were definitely the conference favorites.
Getting three touchdown runs from Hunter Gary and a 32-yard run from Seaver Stewart for a final touchdown as time expired, the seventh-grade Cougars (3-1) slammed the Eagles 28-0.
Aaron Deviney ran for two scores and quarterback Jacob Clemons snuck another TD in from a yard out and the Cougar eighth-graders shut out Ohio County 22-0 to move to 4-0 for the season.
The Eagles had the ball first, but the Cougar defense held on four plays and the offense took over at their own 46. A flag for a late hit assisted the Cougars taking the ball to the Eagle 15. On third down, Jacob Clemons hit Dustin Thomas for an apparent touchdown pass, but the play was called back as the entire offensive line was called for being illegally downfield.
The penalty moved the ball back to the 14, but on the next play, Deviney took it in for the score. A run for the two-point conversion failed, and with 3:10 left in the first period, the Cougars led 6-0.
The Eagles stopped another Cougar drive in the second period with a pass interception, but three plays later Andrew Brooks recovered a fumble and the Cougars were in business again at the Eagle 30.
Deviney carried to the 15 on first down before Brooks took the ball inside the one. Clemons then called his own number and carried for the second TD. Deviney passed to Hunter Gary for the two-point conversion to make it 14-0 with 4:32 left in the first half.
The Cougars threatened again just before the end of the half, but an Eagle interception at the two-yard line halted the Cougar drive.
Neither team could dent the scoreboard in the third quarter, but Deviney intercepted an Eagle pass as the third period ended, and as the final period began, the Cougars had the ball at the Eagle 19. Five plays later, the Cougars were on the board for the final time, with Deviney carrying in from two-yards out. Clemons hit Gary once more for the two-pointer to make the final score 22-0.
The game began with an exchange of fumbles, with Stewart covering an Eagle miscue on their initial possession, then with Gary coughing up the ball near the Eagle goal line.
Taking over at their own three, the Eagles narrowly missed giving up a safety, losing two yards on first down. On second down, Gary made up for his fumble by intercepting an Eagle pass in the flat for a touchdown. Gary then ran in for two to make it 8-0 at the 3:30 mark.
The Cougars threatened shortly before the end of the first half, but on fourth-and-goal at the four, Gary came up two yards short and the Eagles ran out the clock to end the half.
The Cougars lost another fumble on their first possession of the second half, but Seaver and Mark Williams combined for a fourth-down quarterback sack that gave the Cougars the ball at the Eagle 44. From there it took the Cougars just one long running play to score again.
Gary found a big hole off right tackle, took it to the sideline and went all the way, though not without a couple of stumbles and some juggling of the ball along the way. Cody Bertram carried for the successful two-pointer to make it 16-0 with 2:14 left in the third.
Grayson County took over on downs at the Eagle 26 with 4:16 left to play and three Gary carries saw the Cougars score again. A pass for two failed to connect to make it 22-0 with 3:30 remaining.
The Cougars were not done yet, though, as another sack of the Eagle quarterback on fourth down gave them the ball at the Eagle 24. A loss on first down and an illegal procedure penalty moved the ball back to the 32. With time for just one play, Stewart carried around the right side, and as the horn sounded ending the game, carried into the end zone to make the final score 28-0.