Cougars unable to slow running backs in lossPublished 10:35am Tuesday, September 24, 2013
By Erich HilkertTalladega Daily Home
SYLACAUGA—It was an ugly first half for both B.B. Comer and Central Coosa, but Comer put the ball in the hands of freshman Chris Lynch and Lynch found the end zone three times to fuel Comer on a 32-0 homecoming win.
“You can tell he’s a special player when he’s got the ball in his hands,” Comer head coach Anthony Jacks said. “Good things happen a lot of the time when he touches the ball. ”
Play in the first half was marked by a multitude of mistakes on both sides of the ball.
After the Comer defense forced a three-and-out from the Cougars, the Tigers took over in excellent field position at the Cougars’ 33.
Quarterback Tyler Holmes connected with Dylan McClure on a screen pass that netted 27 yards and brought the Tigers to the 6-yard line. On the ensuing play, Caldwell fumbled the ball in the end zone and the Cougars recovered.
Once again, the defense forced a three-and-out to give the Tigers the ball and once again the team had excellent field position, taking over at the Cougars’ 29. The drive eventually resulted in a punt.
On Comer’s next drive, they were able to get into the end zone without a penalty or fumble.
Daniel Caldwell led the drive with five carries for 28 yards including a 5-yard touchdown, as well as the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.
Central Coosa finally began to get momentum on offense with four straight plays of 10 yards or more.
With the ball at the Comer 38, quarterback Andrew Hammond completed a pass over the middle to Jaterius Vincent, but Vincent was tackled as time in the first half expired.
Caldwell started the second half strong with two carries for 52 yards, but Holmes threw an interception on 2nd-and-goal at the 6-yard line.
Devin Thomas made the interception for the Cougars.
However, the Comer defense forced another three-and-out.
Tay McElrath fielded the punt near the Coosa sideline around the 50-yard line and proceeded to sprint to the Comer sideline and return the punt to the 9-yard line.
One play later, freshmen Chris Lynch scored on a pitch right from eight yards out.
On the ensuing Central Coosa drive, Jaylun Thomas stripped the ball and Darius Hale recovered the fumble for Comer.
Lynch scored on another pitch right, this one from 25 yards out. On the two-point conversion, Lynch lowered his shoulders to plow into the end zone to push Comer’s lead to 24-0.
“We played good defense for about a half, but our offense made too many mental mistakes, a lot of bad snaps,” Central Coosa head coach Richard Bell said. “We kept putting our self in a hole and really got behind the eight-ball there.”
Lynch continued to make strong runs into the fourth quarter, scoring on a pitch left from five yards out. McClure scored the two-point conversion to give Comer a 32-0 lead.
With the win, Comer moves to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in region play, while Central Coosa falls to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in region play.