Junior Cougars Post win over Corning

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Rector Junior Cougars rebounded from the 0-0 tie with the Piggott Junior Mohawks the previous week, posting a 16-6 road win at Corning last Thursday. The victory capped-off a rainy, but successful, evening in Corning as the seventh grade team made it a sweep with a 28-0 win in the early contest.

Both of Rector's scores came in the second quarter of play, with the first coming on a six yard touchdown run by John Ford Hendrix with 6:36 to go until the halftime break. Jeron Bucy hit Sam Shipley for the two point conversion, as the Cougars took the first half lead.

But, the boys in blue weren't finished for the half, as they added a five yard touchdown run by Connor McCluskey with 2:13 to go in the second. This time Hendrix got the nod, and carried the ball in for the two point conversion.

The only score by the Bobcats came early in the fourth quarter, as they turned a Rector botched play into an 86 yard touchdown. But, the conversion attempt was no good, setting the final score.

I thought we played extremely hard. We didn't play as well as we could, but we played hard, Cougar head coach David Hendrix said of the win. I was very proud of the effort. We just have to keep improving each week.

Leading the way for the junior Cougars was Hendrix with 118 yards on 13 carries, while McCluskey finished with 49 yards on eight totes. Bucy was one-for-one passing, as he hit Shipley for the two point conversion.

With the exception of the blown play, the Cougar defense was able to stifle the young Bobcats led by Logan Emerline with nine tackles, including three for a loss, while Jackson Hill had an interception which helped seal the win.

With the win the Rector Junior Cougars move to 1-0-1 on the season. Thursday night they're slated to begin conference play with a home game against the McCrory Jaguars. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Temerian Field.

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