Cougars Stumble Against Salem

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Cougar defenders swarm to the ball carrier in Friday night's game at Salem. Pictured for Rector are, from left: Tommy Stokes (22), Chance Scott (5), Frank Herrera (27), Conly Lockhart (8) and Andrew Carter (10).(TD photo/Gretchen Casey)

Salem scored twice in the first quarter, and three times in the second to gain a 35-0 prep football win against Rector on Friday. The Cougars (0-3) turned the ball over three times. As for the Greyhounds, they made all five PATs, leading 14-0 at the end of the first quarter and by the final margin by halftime.

"We've just got to keep getting better," said Cougars coach Dave Hendrix. "We've got to stop turning the ball over. We're a young group but that is no excuse. If you're not getting better, you're getting worse."

Andrew Carter led Rector's rushing attack by averaging 7.4 yards-per-carry and netting 59 yards on just eight attempts. Tommy Stokes carried the ball 11 times for 48 yards while Evan Dooley added 29 yards on five attempts and Chance Scott finished with 29 yards on six carries.

As a team, Rector finished with 164 rushing yards on 30 attempts, an average of 5.5 yards per carry.

Quarterback Hunter McNeely completed one of five pass attempts for 22 yards.

Frank Harerra, Stokes and Carter each finished with seven tackles to pace the Cougars defense.

Rector will play in back-to-back weeks for the first time this season when the Cougars visit Earle on Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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