Cougars suffer big loss; Panthers move to 5-0
by Crystin Faenza Sports Reporter
The Logan County Cougars faced the Greenwood Gators on Friday night. The Cougars have had bad luck this season and after Friday night the Cougars will be 0-5 for the season. The Cougars would fall 62-0 to the Gators.
The Gators started the first quarter out strong and would score on their first drive. Leaving the Cougars behind 7-0. The Gators would continue to score in the first quarter and end it up 20-0. The Cougars defense did not stand a chance to the Gators. They would end the first half of the game down 41-0.
The Cougars defense would be able to hold off the Gators and only allow one touchdown in the third quarter. But they would continue fighting and score three more touchdowns by the end of the game, resulting in a tough loss of 0-62.
The Russellville Panthers have had an amazing season so far this year. The Panthers faced the Todd County-Central Rebels on Saturday and would come through with a win of 54-6 over the Rebels. This win would bring the Panthers to a 5-0 record for the first time since 1984.
Demarcus Hampton would start the game off with a six yard touchdown run to put the Panthers up 7-0 early in the game. The Panther defense would get the next touchdown for the Panthers, after Dustin Morgan recovered a fumble to return it for a touchdown. The Panthers would lead 13-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter of the game was pretty quiet until Ta’Corian Darden would run five yards to score for the Panthers with four minutes left in the first half. The Panthers defense would score again with a 25 yard interception return by Hampton to put the Panthers up 28-0.
With 42 seconds to go in the first half of the game, Hampton would score his third touchdown for the Panthers with a six yard rush to put the Panthers up 35-0 at the half.
Hampton would score his fourth touchdown for the Panthers early in the second half with an 18 yard run. Croslin would follow with a 39 yard rush to put the Panthers up 48-0 at the end of the third.
Josh Bigbee would score the final touchdown for the Panthers with a 50 yard run after he intercepted a pass by Todd County. The Panthers would win the game 54-6.
Barrett Croslin would lead the Panthers with seven carries for 97 yards rushing. He would also finish the game with 22 yards passing.
Croslin was followed by Ta’Corian Darden with five carries for 96 yards rushing, Dequan Beard with four carries for 84 yards, Demarcus Hampton with five carries for 36 yards, Johnny Drumgole with three carries for 32 yards, Dustin Morgan with four carries for 24 yards and Desmon Quarles with three carries and 11 yards.
The Panthers would finish the night with a total of 395 offensive yards.
“Anytime you win big on the road, you have to be pleased, however, we did not play up to our potential and that is what we are working on in practice each day. We need to improve in several facets of the game in order to get where we want to go,” said head coach John Myers. “I am glad that we have been able to get so many of our younger players some varsity experience and that will pay dividends for our program down the road. We have a stiff challenge coming Friday night in Franklin. We knocked them off last year and they are going to be gunning for us. We will begin preparing for them ASAP.”
The Logan County Cougars will host the Allen County-Scottsville Patriots on Friday at home and the Russellville Panthers will travel to Franklin-Simpson to take on the Wildcats.
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