Junior Cougars Lose Heartbreaker at Earle
The Junior Cougars and the hosting Junior Bulldogs had fought to a 0-0 standstill through nearly four quarters of play this past Thursday night in Earle before a winner was determined. Unfortunately for the Rector faithful, Earle was able to escape with a win in the final seconds, connecting on a game-ending 25-yard touchdown as time expired. The final play lifted the Junior Bulldogs to a 6-0 win over a surging Junior Cougar squad.
"That was a tough loss, but our guys really came to play and that was just a really good game overall," Rector assistant coach Robert Dorman said. "I've been impressed by how hard our guys have worked, especially these past four games where they seem to just get better and better."
Rector hung tough with a skilled EPC team on the road the final week of September before defeating Midland in Rector and battling Cross County and Earle in back-to-back losses, both of which came by just one touchdown.
Rector fell to 1-6-1 on the season, but has shown marked improvement as the season has progressed.
The Junior Cougar defense was fearless at Earle.
"That was probably the best we've played defensively this year," Dorman added. "They're working hard and are fun to watch."
The Junior Cougars are set to host Marked Tree beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday in the final contest of the season. The entire Rector community is invited to come out and show their support for the young team.
The Seventh Grade Cougars improved to a perfect 7-0 on the season with a 16-0 victory over Earle Thursday evening prior to the start of the junior high contest.
Shannon Patterson got things going with a 70-yard touchdown run on the first play of the contest. Max Ford would add the finishing touches with a rushing touchdown later in the second half.
Not only is the young team undefeated, but the Cougars have not allowed a touchdown in seventh grade play this season. Each player contributes and works hard during the games and practices, something which has not gone unnoticed by coaches.
"They are a very hard-working group and they're talented," Dorman said. "A lot of those seventh graders play pretty big roles on our junior high team, too."
The Seventh Grade Cougars are set to host Marked Tree beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.