The JV football Cougars got their season off to a winning start Monday afternoon as the defeated the Breckinridge County Tigers 16-0 at Harned.
The game was close from start to finish, but the Cougars were able to take advantage of most of their opportunities while the Tigers were kept in check.
The Cougars received the first break of the game when the Tigers’ quarterback, Jacob Chappel was flagged for grounding the ball on a fourth-down, fake punt and the Cougars took over on the Tiger 11-yard line.
In spite of their excellent field position following the Breck penalty, they could not punch the ball in and the Tigers took the ball back at their own three-yard line. Chappel then directed a Tiger drive that took the ball into Cougar territory. Twice Chappel scrambled for first downs to keep the drive going.
As the second quarter began, the Tigers had moved to a first down at the Cougar 27, but on the next play, defensive back Logan Wiseman picked off a Chappel pass, giving the Cougars the ball at their own 16.
The Cougars were unable to move and were forced to punt. During the run back, the Tigers were flagged for holding and the ball was moved back to the Tiger 30.
The two teams, then exchanged punts, and the Tigers wound up with the ball at their own 21 with 3:04 left to play in the first half. On first down, a fumbled pitch cost the Tigers 12 yards, to the nine. Following an incomplete pass, a bad snap caused Chappel to be tackled in the end zone for a safety that put the Cougars on top 2-0 with 1:52 left.
The Tigers then kicked off from their own 20 and freshman Zac Johnson fielded the ball at the Cougar 40 and returned it 38 yards, to the Tiger 22.
The Cougars lost four yards on first down, but on the next play, quarterback Trey Waltermire connected with wide receiver Will Garland over the middle and Garland took it the rest of the way for the first Cougar touchdown of the season. Colby Hack then broke tackles at the goal line, and on a great, second-effort try, took the ball in for the two-point conversion. That made the score at the half 10-0.
Grayson County took control of the ball with 5:10 left in the third quarter and moved into Tiger territory at the 36, but Waltermire was intercepted to kill the drive.
The Tigers were unable to move and gave up the ball on downs at their own 23. Grayson County then overcame a holding penalty to move for their second touchdown of the game. Hack had runs of 16 and 15 yards to give the Cougars first-and-goal at the 10, and Waltermire carried it in from there to make it 16-0 with 14 seconds left in the third quarter as the two-point conversion was stopped.
Neither team was able to score the rest of the way, and the Cougars went home happy.
The JV Cougars will be back in action next Monday evening when they host the Elizabethtown Panthers at Cougar Field. Game time is set for 5 p.m.