Bulldogs bite Central Coosa in season finalePublished 11:59pm Friday, October 28, 2011
The Central Coosa Cougars (0-7, 0-10) gave up three quick touchdowns in the first quarter and never recovered, losing to the Montevallo Bulldogs 25-6. The loss concluded a disappointing winless season, especially for first year head coach Richard Bell.
“This season has been difficult, especially for our seniors,” said Bell. “But, we do have a young team and we’ve started a lot of freshmen and sophomores. There is hope for the future of our team and I’m excited about what we’re going to do.”
The Cougar’s defensive unit could not stop the Bulldogs during the first half, giving up 10 first downs and 275 total yards. Montevallo running back Garrius Chappell led all rushers with 115 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Taylor Burr scorched the Cougar secondary with 94 yards in the air, highlighted by two passes over 30 yards.
Central Coosa’s offense was as lethargic as their defensive counterparts, only managing 150 total yards for the entire game. Senior quarterback Jalen Thomas produced most of this yardage, with 84 yards on the ground and an additional 64 though the air.
The Bulldogs came out of the gate fast with a 4-play, 51-yard touchdown drive that ended with a 14-yard run by running back Ronald Scaife for a 7-0 lead with 10:25 to go in the first quarter. Montevallo’s offense wasn’t finished and scored two more consecutive touchdowns on 71 and 73-yard drives.
Chappell, who raced to the end zone on a 53-yard run that pushed the score to 19-0, delivered the highlight of the game. The only negatives in the first half for the Bulldogs came when the field goal unit missed two extra points.
Finding themselves in a huge hole, the Cougars got a spark when Javaris Whetstone returned the ensuing kickoff 75-yards for the Cougars’ only score of the game with 1:09 to go in the first quarter. The extra point was no good.
Now behind 19-6, Central Coosa’s defense stiffened and held the Bulldogs on their next possession to a 29-yard field goal with 6:40 to go in the second quarter.
After the kickoff, the offense responded with their best effort of the night, a 14-play, 69-yard drive that got the Cougar’s inside the Bulldog 5 yard line.
However, a fumbled snap on 2nd and goal ended any hope of a Cougar victory when Bulldog linebacker Dajion Young pounced on the ball, preserving a 22-6 lead as the half expired.
The second half featured sloppy play, penalties and very little offense from both teams. Montevallo managed only 45 total yards and committed 6 penalties for 65 yards. The Cougars had 52 total yards and committed 5 penalties for 55 yards.
The only score came when the Bulldogs kicked a 37-yard field goal for 25-6 lead with 8:45 to go in the game.
“All of our players feel real bad about losing this game and about the entire season,” said Bell. “My goal this season has been to lay a foundation with these kids and getting them to care about what they’re doing. We have a lot of young guys coming back and I expect them to be motivated going into spring practice.