Cougars lose at home to Apollo


By Rob Rose - jrose@civitasmedia.com



Photos by John Rose|NDL Robert Dancer returns a kickoff for the Cougars in Friday’s game.


The Cougar defense lines up against the visiting Apollo Eagles on Friday night. The Cougars lost the game 35-12.


A.J. Sydnor runs for daylight in Friday’s game.


The Logan County High School Marching Band entertains the crowd, as the Cougars take the field on Friday night.


The Logan County Cougars fell to the Apollo Eagles 35-12 on Friday night at LCHS stadium.

On a very hot and humid night the Cougars won the game’s coin-toss and deferred the ball until the second half.

After a good kick off and stop of the Apollo returner, the Eagles lined up at their own yard line. The snap and a short pass over the middle, 70 yards later the Cougars trailed 6-0. Apollo missed the kick for extra point and at 11:47 in the first quarter the Cougars received the Apollo kick off.

After a tough return by Robert Dancer, Logan County started play at their own 27 yard line. The Cougars seemed to settle down and to put that Apollo play behind them and had some success with rushes by Billy Vick and A.J. Syndor. Then a hard hit by an Eagle defensive back forced a Cougar fumble. The Apollo defensive back was able to scoop up the ball and then to run down the Cougars sideline for a touchdown. The 2-point try was good and the Cougars trailed 14-0 at only three minutes into the game.

Mistakes and bad breaks continue to haunt the Cougars. At one point late in the third quarter, Vick and Sydnor had rushed for over 100 yards combined. But it was Dancer who would finally reach pay dirt for the Cougars with a 13 yard run at 11:27 in the fourth quarter. The extra point would fail and the Cougars would trail 6-21.

The Cougars would score once more in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles would score twice more. The final score would be 35-12, Eagles over the Cougars. Cougars fall to 0-3 for the season and Apollo improves to 2-1.

The next game for the Cougars is a visit to Russellville for the “Clash of the Cats” match-up against the undefeated Panthers. The Panthers are running on all cylinders so far this 2015 season, so Logan County can expect a hard-fought game against this rival. Both Cougar and Panther fans, of which there are none better, will flock to this game. So, come early, find a parking place, find a seat in Rhea Stadium, and hold on. The “Clash of the Cats” is a game where current win-loss records can be tossed for a night and Cougar and Panther pride takes the field.

The Cougars won’t play at LCHS again until October 9 when Hopkinsville comes to town. That will be the second District 1 game for the Cougars. On September 25 they travel to Hopkin County Central for their first District game. Before that, however, is Russellville at Rhea Stadium this weekend, then a trip to Greenwood in Bowling Green on September 18. Then Hopkins County Central, an off week, and home on October 9.

Photos by John Rose|NDL Robert Dancer returns a kickoff for the Cougars in Friday’s game.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_12runback2.jpgPhotos by John Rose|NDL Robert Dancer returns a kickoff for the Cougars in Friday’s game.

The Cougar defense lines up against the visiting Apollo Eagles on Friday night. The Cougars lost the game 35-12.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_defenselineup.jpgThe Cougar defense lines up against the visiting Apollo Eagles on Friday night. The Cougars lost the game 35-12.

A.J. Sydnor runs for daylight in Friday’s game.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_num2201.jpgA.J. Sydnor runs for daylight in Friday’s game.

The Logan County High School Marching Band entertains the crowd, as the Cougars take the field on Friday night.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_bandintro.jpgThe Logan County High School Marching Band entertains the crowd, as the Cougars take the field on Friday night.

By Rob Rose

jrose@civitasmedia.com

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