JV Cougars Drop Close Game to Cedar Ridge
The JV Cougars fell to the visiting Cedar Ridge Timberwolves, 14-12, in a tough contest Monday night at Rector.
The Cougars jumped out to a 12-0 lead, but couldn't hold off the visitors.
Rector's first touchdown came on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Austin Scott to Garrett Buck with 55 seconds left in the first frame. RHS went for a PAT, but the attempt missed, leaving the hosts in front, 6-0.
The Cougars forced Cedar Ridge to go three-and-out on their following drive. Rector struck gold on a five yard pass from Scott to Bam Westbrook for a five-yard touchdown with 3:13 left in the first half. Scott notched a 21-yard carry on the drive to help move the ball downfield.
Cedar Ridge bounced back with a 17-yard touchdown pass with 37 left in the half.
Rector's first possession of the second half stalled with penalties and a tough run defense.
The visitors made their way into the end zone on their ensuing possession, capped with a 35-yard touchdown carry with 18 seconds left in the third. Cedar Ridge went to the air on the two-point try, but the ball sailed high. Pass interference was called on the play, though fans and coaches thought the contact was light and the pass was not catchable. The penalty moved the ball closer for a second attempt at two points, which the visitors ran in to take the lead, 14-12.
The Cougars threatened on the first possession of the fourth quarter, driving down to the Cedar Ridge 10-yard-line for a fourth-and-four situation. The visitors stacked the line, deflecting a pass from Westbrook to end the Cougar charge.
Cedar Ridge ran the ball for the remainder of the frame, burning up the remainder of the clock.
The T-Wolves were able to take control of the game by working in an efficient passing game.
"I thought our defense played well on the whole, but they gave us trouble with their passing," head coach Lewis Earnest said. "JV teams don't trade game film, and I wasn't expecting them to throw the ball as well as they did. We had two busted coverage plays where they really hurt us.
"Overall, though, I'm proud of these guys. We played hard the entire game."
Earnest noted the Cougars must improve their passing attack.
"The inability to throw the ball consistently is hurting us right now. Teams are loading the box on us. We've got to complete more passes one-on-one. That's something we've got to work on."
Rector fell to 2-3 in JV action with the loss.
Rector is set to visit Greene County Tech on Oct. 14. The Cougars will have a chance for payback when they visit Cedar Ridge on Oct. 21 in the final game on their schedule.