Cougar Junior and JV Teams Notch Football Wins

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Members of the 2013 Rector Cougars are, from left: Front--Ty Haney, Isaac Lampkin, River Rice, Sam Westbrook, Austin Clairday and Alex Lamar. Middle--Hunter Arnold, Kyle Britt, Justice Beck, Austin Scott, Garrett Buck, Gage West and Damien Johnston. Back--Alex Banks, Hunter Kemper, Matt Henson, Blane Murray, Huston Highfill and Chase Jackson.

The Cougars started off their 2013 junior varsity campaign 1-0 following a 26-14 win over Westside Monday night at Jonesboro.

The Cougars didn't go to the air often, but the passing attack sure worked well when they did, yielding three touchdowns on three of four completions from quarterback Bam Westbrook to Garrett Buck. The Westbrook-Buck connection comprised 92 yards and three scores on three completions in the game.

Rector struck on their first drive, with Westbrook hitting Buck in stride for a 38 yard score, giving the Cougars a 6-0 advantage.

Westside, which utilized the triple option, broke away for the first of two big carries to tie the game at 6-6 later in the frame. The Warriors went ahead 7-0 following a successful PAT.

In the second quarter, Rector struck in the red zone to move ahead 12-7. Westbrook synched-up with Buck on an eight yard pass to score the go-ahead touchdown, keeping the advantage heading into intermission.

The Cougar defense came through on the first play of the second half. Alex Lamar created a fumble on the carry, allowing senior Justice Beck to scoop up the loose ball and return it 42 yards for a touchdown. Running quarterback Austin Scott carried in the two-point try, putting Rector ahead 20-7.

The hosting Warriors bounced right back, though, quickly scoring on a 70 yard rush on the very next drive. The Rector lead was cut to six, 20-14.

The Cougars would add an insurance score early in the fourth. Westbrook and Buck reunited for a 44 yard touchdown reception on the first drive of the frame to set the 26-14 final in place.

Rector stopped three drives cold in the remaining minutes of the frame, forcing Westside to go four-and-out to secure the victory.

Buck paced the Cougars in rushing with 74 yards on five carries. Austin Scott had 60 yards on nine carries. Kyle Britt added 46 yards on seven carries for Rector.

On the defensive side, Tommy Stokes, Garrett Buck, Austin Scott and Alex Lamar finished with six tackles each for the Cougars. Other defensive highlights included an interception by Westbrook, Beck's fumble recovery and score and Lamar's hit which led to the defensive touchdown.

"We looked 100 percent better than we did in our scrimmage," head coach Lewis Earnest said. "I thought we played well and looked like the team we're capable of being. We're ready to play. It's good to have Rector football back and headed in the right direction."

The JV Cougars are slated to host Midland Tuesday, Sept. 17 in Rector. The Cougars will take the field following the 5:30 p.m. junior high contest Tuesday evening.

Junior Squad Gets by Red Devils

The Junior Cougars began the regular season with a strong showing at Augusta this past Thursday night, emerging with an 8-6 victory over the hosting Junior Red Devils.

Quarterback Tommy Stokes led Rector's ground attack, rushing for 206 yards with a touchdown on 21 carries. Chance Scott added 41 yards on seven carries.

"I was impressed with our team," Rector coach Lewis Earnest said. "Tommy had a big game for us. He did a very good job of running the ball. I thought our line did a good job of creating room for him and he did the rest from there. I'm very proud of our kids after that game. That's the first time we've beaten Augusta since I've been here."

The hosts took a 6-0 advantage over the Junior Cougars in the first quarter of play, scoring on a quarterback sweep. Augusta maintained a 6-0 lead throughout the rest of the first half.

Tommy Stokes broke away for the big play early in the third frame, getting outside and cruising 65 yards for the touchdown. He kept the ball on the ensuing conversion, running in the go-ahead stroke for two more points.

"That was a big win for us," Earnest said. "We're starting the season off at 1-0, and more importantly, 1-0 in the conference. I'm happy for our guys because they work hard and deserve to see that pay off."

The Junior Cougars will return to the road Thursday night to visit the Salem Greyhounds. The boys will be at home Tuesday, Sept. 17, to host Midland, with the senior high junior varsity team playing Midland's JV squad immediately afterward.

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