On Friday night the Logan County Cougars played the Calloway Lakers in the 2015 Homecoming game and lost 8-30.
A large crowd was on hand on the 70 degree evening perfect for football.
The Cougars won the coin toss and choose to defer to the second half.
The game began with excitement as the Cougar kickoff was an onside kick that initially looked like the Cougars had recovered. The Lakers began play near the 50 yard line and in a series of short passes and short runs had the ball on a second down and eight yards to go when the Cougars intercepted a pass and took over on their own 20 yard line.
The first play from scrimmage for the Cougars was a 16 yard run by Billy Vick. After a series of short runs, the Cougars had a first down at the Lakers’ 33 yard line. After a Calloway County time out, the Cougars continued their drive. A pass to A.J. Sydnor was good for 23 yards and a first and goal at the five-yard line.
The Cougars tried to run the ball into the end zone, and on second down and four, the Cougar ball carrier got across the goal line, but was driven back before the official could see it. The ball was spotted just inches away from the goal line. After another try at the goal, the Cougars faced a fourth down and less than a yard for the game’s first score. After another chance to push the ball into the end zone failed, the Lakers took over inside their own one-yard line.
The Calloway County team would drive the length of the field for the game’s first score at 1:21 to go in the first quarter. The point after failed and after one quarter the Lakers led 6-0.
Both teams continued to play well and hit hard. The first punt of the evening comes at 4:30 in the second quarter with the score still 6-0. Logan County punts the ball and gets an excellent bounce, sending the ball to the Calloway County 14 yard line.
As the half wound down, all in attendance was set for the treat of a very exciting finish. At two minutes to go, and after hard running and tackling, the Lakers score again and after another missed kick lead 12-0. When the Cougars could not get a drive going, they punt the ball and with another good bounce set the Lakers on their own 42 yard line.
With 48 seconds to go, the Lakers have the first big play of the game and make a pass completion and run after for 58 yards and a TD. After a failed two-point try, the lead is 18-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, Cougar A.J. Sydnor has an excellent return, following his blockers as the play developed, and then breaking into the open. Sydnor was finally forced out of bounds on the Calloway County eight yard line with 14 seconds left in the half.
On first and goal to go, Robert Dancer’s pass into the end zone was caught by both the Cougar receiver and the Laker defender at the same time. The Laker defender wrestled the ball away and ran back to the five yard line where he was tackled by most of the Logan County team. The Lakers take a knee on their first play and the half ends.
The score at halftime, Logan County 0, Calloway County 18.
If one were to look at the halftime stats for this game, one might think the defenses decided to not show up. Both teams were moving the ball well. Both teams had had big plays for big gains. To this point turnovers were minimal and had no direct negative consequences. But these teams were playing hard and on a high energy level. Everyone was excited to see the next half of football and the hometown Cougars were set to receive to begin the third quarter.
As the second half got underway, both teams continued to run the ball and make completions for short manageable gains.
Calloway County was the first to score in the second half on a 31 yard TD run by Dareios Stribling. The point after attempt was no goo and Calloway County led 24-0 at 9:32 in the third.
On the kickoff that followed, Cougar A.J. Sydnor replayed his kick return from the first half. This time leaving no doubt and he dashed 90 yards and into the end zone for the Cougars first score at 9:15 in the third. The try for two points after was good, and the score was 24-8 in favor of the visiting Calloway County.
For the remainder of the game, both teams would continue to feature the running game, managing brief drives, but unable to mount a scoring threat.
The final score would be Calloway County 24, Logan County 8.
The win for the Lakers run their record to 5-4 overall and Runner-up in the District with a 3-1 record.
Logan County drops to 0-9 and will be looking for that first win next week when the Todd County Central Rebels visit. The Rebels at 2-7 on the year and lost to Butler County on Friday night, 10-49.