Peewee Cougars Advance in Playoffs
The Peewee Cougars' sixth grade team advanced to the semifinals of the NEA Youth Football League Playoffs with a 26-0 over the Gosnell Pirates Saturday morning in Rector.
Rain-soaked conditions slowed both teams early, with the first quarter ending with no scoring.
Rector took an 8-0 lead into intermission following a five-yard touchdown run by quarterback Parker Bucy. Shannon Patterson, who had a top-notch effort on the day, ran in the two-point conversion with just under two minutes left in the second quarter.
Bucy struck again in the third quarter, breaking free from two tackles with timely spins on a 12-yard keeper with 6:37 left in the frame. The try for two was stopped, leaving the Cougars in front, 14-0.
Patterson scored from four yards out early in the fourth quarter to put Rector on top, 20-0.
The final, and likely most thrilling, play of the day came at the end of the contest. Rector lineman Trace Sanders recovered a Gosnell fumble near the 30-yard-line and ran the ball nearly 70 yards for the touchdown with the final buzzer sounding in the process. The sixth grader had remarked earlier in the morning how he wanted to score a touchdown before his peewee career had ended. He took advantage of the opportunity Saturday, much to the delight of the Rector crowd.
"I'm proud of these kids and how hard they've worked," coach Kirk Ford said. "They wanted this; they're the ones who did all the work and made this possible. This is a really good group."
Rector improved to 5-2 on the season with the win. The squad is set to face Wynne at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at Manila. A win there will advance Rector to the finals for the second year in a row.