T-Birds Too Much For Junior Cougars

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Seventh grader Evan Dooley brings the ball out for a 27 yard kickoff return in the Junior Cougars' game with Cross County this past Thursday in Rector.

The Junior Cougars fell to 2-4 Thursday night Rector following a tough loss to the visiting Cross County Thunderbirds, 28-6.

Cross County led 8-0 after the first quarter and scored twice more in the second frame to take a 22-0 advantage into halftime. The T-birds scored again in the third to build an overpowering 28-0 advantage.

The Junior Cougars were undaunted by the first three acts of the story, putting together a scoring drive which dominated the fourth frame. Tommy Stokes recovered a Cross County fumble on the first play of the frame to give the ball back to the Cougars. The freshman gained 21 yards on back-to-back carries before quarterback Chance Scott completed three consecutive passes for first downs, connecting with Hunter McNeely, Tommy Stokes to move the ball to the eight-yard-line. A beautiful diving catch by McNeely brought the ball down to the one-yard-line, setting up a touchdown run by Tommy Stokes with 1:13 left in the contest. The try for two was stopped, leaving Cross County in front, 28-6.

The visitors kept the ball, running out the clock and bringing the game to a close.

The Junior Cougars looked to be on the verge of tying the contest early in the second frame, but fumbled the ball away on first and goal. Cross County would score on an 81 yard carry on second down before adding another score just before intermission. The visitors scored on the first possession of the second half to take away all momentum.

The Junior Cougars are set to host Walnut Ridge beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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