Cougars Fall to CC, Juniors End Season With Win

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Cougar Huston Highfill looks to the Rector bench for instructions during last week's home game with Cross County. (photo courtesy Virginia Shipley)

The Rector Cougar football program gained a split in the past week, with the junior squad ending their season on an up note with a road win at Marked Tree while the senior squad fell at home to Cross County.

Seniors vs CC

The Rector Cougars lost 34-0 to Cross County on Friday, Oct. 23, at Temerian Field.

"I thought we played well defensively, but wore down in the second half," coach Dave Hendrix said. "Offensively, we couldn't get much going."

Rushing was led by Garrett Buck with 36 yards on 12 carries. Danny Hager caught a pass from Lawson Ford, adding 42 yards.

"Defensively, Cross County shut us down -- they have a really good defense," Hendrix said.

Bam Westbrook led in tackles with seven, with two of them being for losses.

The Cougars will play Earle at 7 p.m. Friday on the Bulldogs' home field.

"Earle hasn't been beaten in conference; they're big, fast and strong," Hendrix said. "We just have to go out, stay strong and do what we do."

Juniors at Marked Tree

The Rector Junior Cougars ended the football season on a great note with a come-from-behind 24-22 win Thursday night at Marked Tree.

In the first quarter Evan Dooley notched in a seven-yard touchdown run set up by a 43-yard interception return by Shannon Patterson.

At the beginning of the third quarter the Cougars were down 22-6.

In the third quarter Shannon Patterson caught a 57-yard touchdown pass from Max Ford. The big turning point of the game was midway through the third quarter when Dooley stripped the ball from a Marked Tree running back and returned 25 yards to the Marked Tree 30-yard line.

Jason Braman ran in a two-yard touchdown with 4:36 left in the game.

Braman led with 76 rushing yards, and Ford was on his heels with 73 yards. Conly Lockhart and Ford led in tackles with nine apiece. Eight of Lockhart's tackles were solo.

"We got down early and it would have been easy to give up, but these kids didn't," the coach said. "They finally played a half like I think you'll see them play in the future; they have grown up a lot."

"Quarterback Parker Bucy did a heck of a job at the end managing the clock and the game. Not many junior high quarterbacks have the presence of mind to do that."

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