Thursday, October 27, 2011
Lions, Cougars combine for 110
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Coldwater Cougars came to the H.W. Byers Lions’ Den last Friday for a game which had some import for both teams in their quests for a preferred berth in the Class 1A playoff seedings.
The Cougars won the toss and elected to receive with Jordan Robinson calling the signals. They logged a pair of quick first downs and then Kalonji Mack skirted left for a runaway six. The conversion try failed and Coldwater led 6-0.
After the kick, Anthony Rubin was running the show for the Lions from the shotgun. Marquis Moore gave them a first down and then Rubin called on Dominic Jones, who gave them another at midfield. The next call was a play action on a second and 2. The aerial was caught by Ronnie Dennis, who crossed into pay dirt. With an unsuccessful point-after try, the game was tied at 6.
The Cougars received the kick and their quarterback was sacked on the first play from scrimmage. Marcel Newson broke out of the backfield and scored. Devin Leverson capped it with a deuce, and 14-6 was the score.
The Cougars were right back over the ball after recovering a fumble from the Lions at the 40. They turned a big first down and the quarter ended with the Cougars over the ball at the 18. After the change of direction, Coldwater kept pounding the ball until it reached a first down at the 4. Robinson then sneaked it in right over the nose guard. The Cougars missed the conversion but improved their advantage to 20-6.
On the Lions’ next possession, Moore got a lot of yards with a personal foul penalty added on. They advanced to Cougar territory with a first down and then stalled and went out after three. A good punt was fumbled by the visitors and covered by the Lions.
Moore put it on the 2. Rubin sneaked it in and Tre Stephen, who was seeing limited duty because of an injury, ran in the two-point conversion. It pulled the Lions to within six.
Byers took another ball from the Cougars on a fumble. Moore rushed for yet another first down then came right back and broke it all the way. Rubin tossed to Courtney Fitzpatrick for the go ahead deuce, making the score 22-20.
The Cougars scored again from the 9, but the Byers defense prevented the two. Coldwater reclaimed the lead at 26-22 with less than three minutes left in the half.
The Lions were threatening again with Moore rushing for a pair of first downs ending at the 25. He then teamed with Rubin on a fake delay which went for six. The point-after attempt failed, but a holding penalty was assessed on the kickoff. Byers was in front again 28-26.
Coldwater scored again on a long run by Newson after a reverse. The half ended with the Cougars out front 32-28.
Following the intermission and halftime homecoming activities, the Lions received and Djuan Delaine returned it to the Cougar 38. Moore hit pay dirt twice, for the touchdown and the two, putting the Lions up 36-32.
The Cougars went three and out.
Moore went back to work, leading Byers down to the red zone. Rubin hit Fitzpatrick with a short screen for the score. The conversion try again failed, but Byers was up by 10.
The Cougars scored again before the third quarter ended, pulling to within four.
In the last quarter, the Lions scored. then the Cougars scored. The Lions scored again, reaching another 10-point margin at 56-46. But the Cougars were still clawing. They scored in the last minute and a half and added the two-point conversion.
The Lions held on for the two-point margin of victory at 56-54. The teams had amassed a combined score of 110 points.
Coach James Kimbrough named Moore as the game’s most valuable player.
The Lions (5-4 overall and 4-2 in Region 1-1A) visit Falkner Thursday at 7 p.m. in another district game.
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