Generals finish regular season with win over Central-CoosaPublished 12:09am Saturday, November 3, 2012
The Generals rolled past Central-Coosa Friday, grabbing a 28–0 win to finish the regular season with a 8-2 record.
“This is the first time we have gone 8-2 in the regular season, so that is a pretty big feat here,” said coach Jason Franklin. “It wasn’t pretty, but at the end of the night, I don’t care how it looked as long as we scored more than they did.”
The Cougars caused the Generals to cough the ball up on their first drive to get prime field position. But after a three and out, the Generals got the ball back on their own 11-yard line.
Chase Cheaney took it 45 yards down the field on a quarterback keeper to push the Generals to the Cougars’ 39-yard line. A few plays later, Cheaney found Tyler Meadows in the air for 24 yards. Corey Battle punched from five yards out to give the Generals a 7-0 lead with 4:35 left in the first quarter.
The next six offensive drives ended in punts. With 4 minutes left in the second quarter, Central-Coosa lined up on their own 9 yard line. On second down, however, Horseshoe Bend’s Jordan Funderburk grabbed an interception and took it all the way to give the Generals a 14-0 lead.
Central-Coosa’s next drive faired no better. Again on second down, the Cougars turned it over, this time with a fumble. With 0:32 left in the half, Cheaney aired it up to Battle for a 17-yard touchdown reception. At half, the score was 21-0 Generals.
The Cougar offense had some flickers of life in the third quarter, but they couldn’t seal the deal, despite finding the redzone twice.
The Generals got the ball back on their own 20-yard line after a turnover on downs. Luke Holt tore off around the corner for a 78-yard run, but was tackled on the Cougar’s two-yard line. Holt broke through the next play for the final touchdown of the game bringing the score to 28-0.
Central-Coosa Head Coach Richard Bell said he has been happy with his team’s performance this year, despite the 28-0 loss.
“We are starting off, and I think our guys did well this year,” Bell said. “We are trying to get our offense and defense down and move on and grow.”
Quon Benson was the leading rusher for the Cougars with 16 carries for 83 yards.
Meanwhile, the Generals will ready themselves for next week’s playoff matchup against Walter Wellborn.
“At this point in the year, there is not much room for error,” Franklin said. “We have got be better at finishing drives. I am just looking for us to cut down the mistakes, execute better, play better defensively, and it will all take care of itself.”
Holt was the leading rusher for the night for the Generals with 85 yards of 3 carries.
Cheaney was 10 for 16 in the air for 128 yards. Jackson Sexton was the defensive juggernaut for the Generals with 9 tackles, followed by Holt with 6.