Junior Cougars Fall to Talented Cedar Ridge Squad

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Nick Mesa fires a pass while running back Chance Scott blocks defenders in Thursday's game with Cedar Ridge

The Junior Cougars ran into a tough outing this past Thursday, falling to the Junior Timberwolves of Cedar Ridge in Rector, 44-12.

The Junior Cougars fell behind 6-0 in the first frame, but knotted things up at 6-6 on a 23-yard touchdown run by quarterback Tommy Stoke with 7:40 left in the second quarter. A big 21-yard completion from Tommy Stokes to receiver Hunter McNeely set up the score.

Unfortunately for the home fans, Cedar Ridge rattled off back-to-back touchdowns by recovering an onside kick to jump ahead 22-6. The Rector woes continued with a Junior Timberwolf interception and return for a touchdown killing the following drive. The visitors moved ahead 28-6 with 3:34 left in the first half.

The Junior Cougars hit the end zone once more with a 17-yard touchdown stomp by strong back Chance Scott with 1:32 remaining in the first half. The try for two was halted, leaving Rector trailing, 28-12.

Cedar Ridge scored again with under a minute left in the frame to lead 36-12 at intermission.

The visitors scored once in the third quarter to set the final in place.

"Cedar Ridge is a good team," RHS head coach Lewis Earnest said. "We had a couple of turnovers there that hurt us, and you can't do that against a team like that. They're just a lot faster than we are, and kept getting to the edge. We tried to take it away from them, but they were able to get outside and run."

Despite the outcome, Earnest saw things he liked in the game.

"Chance Scott did a good job running the ball and really stepped up for us," Earnest said, noting Scott came in at quarterback in the third frame after Tommy Stokes went down with an injury. "I thought another big play was the catch made by Hunter McNeely. Tommy continued to play well for us at quarterback, too. He should be back next week, ready to go."

The Junior Cougars are set to visit Lepanto Oct. 3 to meet East Poinsett County. The boys will be back in Rector on Oct. 19 to host Cross County.

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