Cougars Mark Senior Night for Class of 2015
Eight seniors were recognized for their efforts prior to the start of Friday night's football contest in Rector. The Senior Night festivities highlighted the efforts of football players Blane Murray, Alex Lamar, Austin Scott and Matt Henson, as well as band members Nicholas Householder, Seth McAfee, Tyler Remagen and Mason McCluskey. The eight young men were joined by family members at midfield for a special ceremony, sharing their memories with the gathered crowd of fans and loved ones.
The heartwarming ceremony was the highlight of the evening, as Rector (0-8, 0-6) had a daunting task ahead in the night's game, facing off against the potent Earle Bulldogs (6-3, 5-1) in 2A-3 conference play. Earle would go on to win the game on the cold, windy night, 50-0.
The visitors scored on all but two of their possessions, taking firm control early. Earle scored twice in the first quarter, jumping out to a 14-0 advantage. The lead grew to 36-0 at intermission and was 44-0 heading into the final frame. Earle scored their final touchdown on the night as the horn sounded to end the game
There were a few defensive high spots for the Cougars. Bam Westbrook caused a fumble with a perfectly-time hit on a Cougar punt, which allowed Chito Martinez to recover the ball for Rector late in the third quarter. Westbrook's tenacity came through again late in the fourth, as the junior sparkplug intercepted a Bulldog pass at the Earle two-yard-line, halting what looked to be a scoring drive in its tracks.
Henson, Murray, Austin Scott and Alex Lamar have been four young men worthy of accolades as head coach David Hendrix and his players work to revitalize Rector football. Following the contest, Hendrix wanted to let the four know their efforts have not been in vain.
"Our seniors...they've battled through this and faced adversity at every turn," Hendrix said. "They've been in a bad situation. Somebody had to start this thing, and it was them. It's not fair to them, but that's the way things worked out. It's unfortunate what they've had to go through, but they can take pride in being the ones who got this started. Those four guys have been leaders, even though this is their first year of varsity football, too. They helped us get here; helped us get back. Rector football is going strong. We're coming."
The Cougars will finish the 2014 season by visiting Marked Tree (5-4, 3-3) at 7 p.m. Friday.