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Cougars looking for first win

Published 10:04am Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Cougars of Central High School of Coosa County will try to reverse their offensive misfortunes when Thorsby comes to Rockford this Friday night.
The Cougars (0-2) have been short-handed for the early part of the year, but expect to have some of their difference makers back in the fold from injury.
“We have Tre Royal coming back, and our top cornerback is also returning from injury,” said Richard Bell, CHSCC coach. “We’re not quite fully healthy, but we have a few of our guys back. So we’re going to see how it goes from there.”
With Royal back, this not only gives the Cougars their top pass-rushing threat, but also their No. 1 tight end.
Bell said the return of Royal and others should help to return some firepower to an offense that has only scored six points in two games.
“The guys we had hurt were major personnel not only on defense, but on offense as well,” Bell said. “Having them back in the lineup should definitely help our offense.”
CHSCC defeated Thorsby 27-0 last year in what was the schools’ first-ever meeting.
The Cougars were able to put the clamps on Thorsby’s offensive scheme in that meeting, and Bell said the team would need a similar defensive performance this season in order to win.
“They’re a spread-option team, so we have to keep their quarterback in the pocket, and we have to prevent those long outside runs,” Bell said.
While the spread-option attack that the Rebels employ is still in effect, Bell said the team will see a completely different version of it thanks to new personnel.
“Based on the tape we’ve seen, they still run the same scheme, but they have a new quarterback,” Bell said. “Their guy is a lot more athletic, and that makes their scheme a whole lot different. As where Thorsby’s quarterback last season was more of a thrower, this guy is basically a running back playing quarterback, so we have to be on our P’s and Q’s in trying to contain him.”
The Cougars/Rebels contest kicks off at 7 p.m. at Central Stadium in CHSCC.