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Cougars held scoreless by Stallions on homecoming

Published 11:33pm Friday, September 27, 2013

The Central High School of Coosa County Cougars could not cap off the homecoming festivities with a victory, as they fell 14-0 to the South Lamar Stallions in non-region play.
Cougars head coach Richard Bell said Coosa (1-4) simply was not able to sustain drives when it needed to.
“We played pretty well on the defensive side of the ball, but our offense is just not keeping drives alive. We have to work on that more,” Bell said. “We had a lot of starters out, but still it’s a one man down, next man up kind of thing.”
After a scoreless first quarter, the Stallions (2-3) capped off a 42-yard second quarter drive with an 8-yard touchdown run by Hershel Smith, as a Dominik Busselman extra point made it 7-0 with 8:33 left in the first half.
Coosa threatened once in the opening half, getting down to the Stallions’ 12-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs with 2:42 left in the second.
The Stallions opened the second half with an 87-yard drive, as Talbert Pate broke up the middle for a 13-yard touchdown run with the extra point making it 14-0 with 8:16 left in the third.
The Cougars showed signs of life in the third, recovering a fumbled snap by the Stallions at the Coosa 30-yard line, but immediately followed it up with a three and out.
Coosa threatened one final time on the night, getting down to the Stallions’ 10-yard line, but turned the ball over on downs.
The Stallions had 294 yards of total offense, with 261 coming on the ground.
Smith led South Lamar with 125 yards on 16 carries, while James Fields added 116 yards on 18 carries for the Stallions.
Coosa had 162 yards of total offense.
Coosa quarterback Andrew Hammond was 8 for 14 for 105 yards with one interception.
Tre Royal led the Cougars with 96 yards receiving on seven catches.
Rod Whetstone added 61 yards on 18 carries for Coosa.
The Cougars return to action next Friday at home against Tarrant in region play.