The Logan County Cougars finished their 2015 regular season at home on Friday night, October 30, when the Todd County Central Rebels came for a visit.
In perhaps the best matchup the Cougars faced this season, the Rebels were able to escape with a 35-18 victory.
After winning the opening coin toss, the Cougars deferred their option until the second half and, as last week, the Cougars opened the game with an onside kick attempt. The Rebels were able to recover the kick and began first and ten at Logan County’s 49 yard line.
As both teams would do in this contest, the Rebels used the running game and advanced the ball to the Cougars’ 23 yard line. On a fourth and three yards to go play, the visitors were able to convert and earned a first and ten at the 20 yard line. On the next play the Rebels reached the end zone and, after a successful kick after, took the lead 7-0 at the 6:43 mark of the first quarter.
In the next series, the Cougars featured hard running by Billy Vick. A 17 yard run by A.J. Syndor set the Cougars inside the red zone with a first and 10 on the 18 yard line.
At 1:49 in the first quarter, the Cougars found pay dirt. But an unsuccessful two-point after attempt only brought the home team close, 6-7.
The second quarter saw the same strategies as did the first. The Cougars continued their running attack with hard hits being dished out as well as taken.
At just over the midway point of the quarter, the Cougars faced a fourth and one at the Rebels 18 yard line. After a timeout, the Cougars’ offensive line won the battle against the Rebels defensive line for a gain. Too close to eyeball, the officials called for a measurement. The Cougars would continue the threat with a first and 10 at the 17 yard line.
At 5:26, the Cougars scored and took the lead, 12-7.
The lead would be short-lived, however, as the Rebels would return the ensuing kickoff the distance for a TD. The kick after gave the Rebels the 14-12. That would be the score at halftime.
In the second half, the Cougars would manage another score, but the Rebels would do more. The final score; Cougars 18, Rebels 35.
With the win, Todd County Central finished their regular season with a 3-7 overall record. The Rebels had already been determined to play next week in the Gridiron Bowl Playoffs in Mayfield versus the Cardinals.
For the Cougars it is the third consecutive year without a victory. But the 2015 Cougars, in Steve Duncan’s second year as Head Coach, showed tremendous improvement and promise for next year.
The Cougars are a young team, but are no longer an unexperienced team.
In a ceremony before the start of Friday’s game, the Cougars seven seniors were honored. Graduating this year are; Jarrett Hamilton, Connor McColpin, Jonathon Oliver, Ethan Reinitz, Will Robey, Antwine Syndor, and Billy Vick. By comparison, the other four Class4A District 1 teams will lose several players to graduation: Calloway County, six seniors, Madisonville North-Hopkins, 11 seniors, Hopkins County Central, 12 seniors, and at Hopkinsville 16 seniors will be leaving the team.
The Cougars in their first year of competition in Class 4A may have often felt like the new kids on the block. But with each passing game this year, Cougar Nation watched the Cougars play harder, wiser, and more confidently. Under the consistent guidance of Coach Steve Duncan and his staff, look for the Cougars to take the field as seasoned veterans of Class 4A football.
Logan County High School Athletics continues to take strides forward. Logan County Middle School programs such as Softball and Soccer, in addition to a successful Middle School football program, give all of Cougar Nation reason to reserve their 2016 tickets now.