Junior Cougars Drop Road Opener
The Rector Junior Cougars visited Salem last Thursday, Sept. 14, and dropped a 28-8 decision to the Greyhounds. The previous week Salem had pounded Earle, as the are poised to make a run at the district title. This Thursday the Cougars will make the trip to Earle for their final meeting with the Bulldogs as conference foes.
The Greyhounds got on the board first last week, scoring midway through the first quarter. Adding the conversion, the home team extended their lead to 8-0. Salem added another touchdown on a long run late in the first, then completed a long touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Trailing 20-0 in the fourth quarter, the Cougars got a two yard touchdown run from Joseph Baker to break-up the shutout. John Ford Hendrix then added the two point conversion as the score moved to 20-8 in favor of the Greyhounds.
Salem added one more touchdown about mid-way through the fourth quarter, and the two point conversion, to set the final score and notch the conference win.
For Coach David Hendrix and the team, it's all part of the maturation process.
“They're doing alright, and coming along,” Hendrix said of the young squad. “You know our whole front line are seventh and eighth graders and it seems like they have one glaring moment on just about every drive where someone misses an assignment--and boy it just opens up.”
On the bright side, Hendrix notes the game experience is playing a big role in preparing the squad for the campaign to come. “But they are getting better,” he surmises. “And, by the end of the year they'll look like a whole different bunch.”
Following Thursday night's trip to Earle the Junior Cougars will return home for a conference game with Cross County on Thursday, Sept. 18. The following week they'll travel to Lepanto and take on the Junior Warriors of EPC.