Cougars Drop 2A-3 Contest to Warriors

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Rector's Andrew Carter (10) follows the block of Evan Dooley on a kick-off return in the Cougar's game with EPC.(TD photo/Anthony Cossey)

Rector (0-8, 0-5) traveled to Lepanto Friday for 2A-3 conference game with the EPC Warriors. The Warriors (5-3, 3-1) jumped out early, and the Cougars could never recover on their way to a 52-7 loss at Warrior Field.

Rector got the ball first as Hunter McNeely returned the kick-off to Cougars 40-yard line for their first possession. The Cougars went three and out and punted the ball away with EPC starting from their own 27-yard line. The Warriors wasted little time scoring on a 73 yard touchdown pass with 10:05 left. The two-point try was no good making the score 6-0 EPC.

Throughout the remainder of the first three quarters it was all Warriors, as they continued to extend the lead.

The lone bright spot for the Cougars occurred as they started the fourth quarter. With the ball on their own 48-yard they moved the ball into EPC territory, Tommy Stokes broke loose down the left sideline and sprinted 43 yards for the Rector touchdown with 9:10 left in the game. Stokes also added the PAT to make the score 52-7 EPC. Jobe took the short Rector kick-off and hit the sideline going to the Cougars' 27-yard line where Stokes made a touchdown saving tackle with 5:35 left. EPC ran the clock out to take the win.

"We were out-manned and that is part of the game. They (EPC) has a good team," Rector head coach David Hendrix said after the game. "Our kids played hard but we have to quit self-destructing. We have to hang on to the football and eat up the clock and we are not doing that," Hendrix added.

Stokes led the Rector offense with 67 yards rushing and a touchdown as Carter finished the night with 61 yards rushing for the Cougars.

Walker led the Warriors with 106 yards rushing and two touchdowns as Driver added 55 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

The Cougars will return home Friday night as they host the Marked Tree Indians with kickoff set for 7 p.m. They'll close out the regular season on Thursday, Nov. 3, with a home contest with the Midland Mustangs, which will also serve as senior night for the class of 2017.

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