Peewee Cougars Advance to Second Round

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Cooper Rabjohn (24) looks for running room in the Cougar win Saturday at Rector.
TD photo/Tim Blair

The Rector Cougar peewee teams split in first round action in the Northeast Arkansas Youth Football League Playoffs, played Saturday at Temerian Field. The fifth grade squad fell in the Cotton Bowl Bracket to unbeaten Valley View, while the sixth grade team remained undefeated with a win over Osceola in the Super Bowl Bracket.

With the victory the sixth grade squad advances to the second round, set for this Saturday in Harrisburg.

The Cougar fifth graders (3-3) played the first of the eight games scheduled Saturday, kicking off at 9 a.m. against Valley View (6-0) in the Cotton Bowl Bracket. But, the potent Blazer offense proved too much to handle for the youngest of the boys in blue, as they fell 44-6.

In other first round play in the Cotton Bowl Bracket on Saturday, Wynne (3-3) upset Earle (6-0); Osceola (4-2) downed EPC (4-2) 32-0 and Rivercrest (6-0) shut out McCrory (5-1) 14-0.

This sets up the second round, slated to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Harrisburg. The first game will be Valley View and Wynne followed at 11:15 by Osceola and Rivercrest in a true rivalry contest. The championship game will be played at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Newport.

Super Bowl Bracket

The first game in the Super Bowl Bracket was between Valley View and Hoxie, with the Blazers storming to a 38-14 win. The contest was also delayed for quit some time after a player suffered a compound fracture of the arm, and had to be transported from the scene.

In the second game the Cougars took on the Seminoles, with the Rector squad pulling out a 14-8 decision. All of the scoring came in the first half of play, as Cooper Rabjohn broke two touchdown runs—along with several other long runs called back on penalty flags. As for the Seminoles, they got their touchdown late in the second quarter but were plagued throughout by miscues, including double-digit penalty flags.

“I thought both teams played very hard Saturday, our sixth graders played very well,” Coach Nate Henderson observed later. Other than a big play on a couple of missed tackles, our defense was lights out. All 11 guys played hard-nosed, disciplined football.”

Henderson and Coach David Mosley also had praise for their offensive unit.

“Offensively, we did a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage. Our running backs only had one play where they saw a carry for a loss,” he added.

The Cougars will now advance to take on the undefeated Rivercrest Colts, with the game set for 1:45 p.m. this Saturday in Harrisburg. Rivercrest beat Marked Tree (4-2) in their first round game 36-0. In the upper half of the bracket Valley View's win over Hoxie earned them a 12:30 p.m. contest against the 5-2 Wynne Yellowjackets, as they eliminiated McCrory (5-1) 22-8.

With a win Saturday, the Cougars will advance to the Super Bowl Bracket championship game, set for noon on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Newport.

Henderson also applauded the work of those who helped put on the tournament, saying of the day, “we couldn't have asked for a better day weather-wise, and our volunteers and parents did a tremendous job as always. They worked extremely hard to ensure the day went just as planned. We had several patrons from visiting schools compliment the great work of those involved.”

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