Junior Cougars Stumble Against Talented Warriors
The Junior Cougars went to Lepanto with their slings loaded this past Thursday, but were unable to upset the heavy artillery of the hosting EPC Junior Warriors, falling 28-0.
Rector, battling a few key injuries, made the trip with 15 players dressed and ready to play. EPC was waiting to welcome with a roster of 52 players, including 23 freshmen.
"It was one of those situations where we were just outgunned," Rector coach Lewis Earnest said. "Our guys showed a ton of heart, but they (EPC) just had us in numbers and size and were able to wear us down."
Undaunted by the difference on the sideline, the Junior Cougars came out and showed their opponent Rector would not be rolling over on the night.
"We came out and stopped them on their first drive," Earnest said. "That says a ton about this team and how much heart they have. It would have been so easy for us to just roll over and give up against a team like that, but we fought the entire game. I was very proud of how our guys played."
EPC took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter and emerged with a 20-0 advantage heading into intermission.
"We did some good things on both sides of the ball," Earnest said. "Tommy Stokes and Chance Scott both ran the ball well for us.
"I thought we played better on defense than we have in the past weeks. I thought Evan Dooley really stepped up and made some good tackles in the secondary. As a seventh grader, he set the edge for us in that game. That was huge for us and is something we need."
The Junior Cougars will return to action beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday when they play host to the Thunderbirds of Cross County.
"This is going to be a key game for us," Earnest said. "If we play like we're capable and show the kind of heart we have, I like our chances against Cross County."
Also, the JV Cougars will be returning to action at 7 p.m. Monday night at Greene County Tech in Paragould.