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Dominant first half propels Cougars to victory

Published 5:32pm Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Central High School of Coosa County Cougars outlasted region foe Thorsby 24-16 thanks to big performances from key players returning from injury.
“We came out on fire and basically dominated the entire game during the first half,” said CHSCC coach Richard Bell. “In the second half, some of our guys who were just coming back from injury got a little banged up again, and that allowed Thorsby to make a run at us.”
The Cougars led 18-2 at the half, with Thorsby’s lone score coming via a snap over the punter’s head that went out of bounds.
Defensive end Trey Royal was a nightmare for Thorsby. He racked up nine tackles and one forced fumble. One of his hits resulted in a serious arm injury to Thorsby’s quarterback.
“Trey was knocking the hell out of them all night,” Bell said.  “He was dominant tonight.”
Running back Shakerian Hayes found a lot of running lanes, rushing for 126 yards and four touchdowns.
Defensively, linebacker Nick Harrison and cornerback Kyle Edwards led the way for the Cougars. Harrison had a team-leading 13 tackles, while Edwards – who had missed some time due to injury – picked off two passes in his first significant dose of playing time this season.
Thorsby was bottled up until the second half, where it cut the deficit to 18-16.
However, Hayes took over on the final drive, making key runs and scoring the touchdown that would put the game out of reach.
Thorsby only had one first down in the first half, and turned the ball over three times.

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