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Mental gaffes cost Cougars dearly in 35-6 loss at Midfield

Published 10:24am Monday, September 9, 2013

A domino effect of bad breaks cost the Cougars of Central High School-Coosa County dearly at Midfield, as the Cougars fell 35-6.
With the loss, the Cougars dropped to 0-2 on the year.
The Cougars came into the game missing key starters to injury, notably their top two cornerbacks and top pass rusher Tre Royal.
The Cougars kept the score managable for the first half of the game, as they headed into intermission down 12-6.
“It was close for a while,” said Cougars coach Richard Bell. “But in the second half of the third quarter, it got away from us. We had a couple of our punts blocked , and one of our snaps went over our punter’s head.”
Midfield recovered the snap and ran it into the end zone.
According to Bell, that’s when the deficit became too much for the Cougars to overcome.
“I feel like the kids played well. We had some interceptions, and the players came out motivated to play during the second half,” Bell said. “But we had some bad luck there in the third, and it kind of snowballed from there.”
The defense was responsible for the lone score for Central High School of Coosa County, as safety Shakerian Hayes picked off a pass in the second quarter and score from 30 yards out.
It was the sophomore’s first game action of the season.
“Our defense played very well,” Bell said. “They played a whole lot better than they did last week. Midfield is a big, fast team and for the most part, the kids were up to the challenge.”
Cougars linebacker Nick Harrison led the team with 12 tackles.
While the defense played admirably, according to Bell, the offense was stuffed for much of the night.
“We couldn’t do much of anything,” he said. “(CHSCC quarterback Andrew) Hammond was only 1-for-9 all night. he only threw for seven yards.”
The Cougars turn their attention to Thorsby, which will mark the first home game of the season for CHSCC.
Royal is expected to suit up for that contest.
“We’re going to keep working at it,” Bell said. “We played well but we just couldn’t maintain it. Those mental errors killed us.”