Playing on the road at Muhlenberg County in their final game of the regular season, the Cougar football team fell to 2-8 with a 40-14 loss to the Mustangs.
The Cougars finished 0-3 in 5-A, District 2, and will fave to face the number-one seed from District 1, old-foe Owensboro this coming Friday night in Owensboro. The Red Devils finished their season at 9-1, with their only loss coming in a close, 17-14 loss at Bowling Green.
With their win, the Mustangs closed out their regular season at 5-5. The Mustangs put up more than 400 yards on offense. They ran for 210 yards on the ground and passed for 220 yards. Mustang quarterback Hunter Combs accounted for all the Muhlenberg County scoring, rushing 15 times for 130 yards and three scores, and hitting 10-of-15 passes for 220 yards and three mores touchdowns.
As has been their tendency lately, the Cougars gave the ball away four times on the night, with three fumbles and one interception. Two of the fumbles led directly to Mustang touchdowns.
The Mustangs wasted little time in scoring on the first possession of the night as they moved 52 yards in just four plays, with Combs carrying 39 yards for the score. Combs, who also does the place-kicking for the Mustangs, missed the extra point to keep it at 6-0.
Grayson County was forced to punt on their opening possession, but the Mustangs’ Raeton White did not field the ball cleanly and the Cougars covered the muff at the Mustang 43. The Cougars were able to move the ball to the Mustang 25, but gave up the ball there on downs.
As the second period began, the Mustangs faced a third-and-12 at their own 23, but a roughing the passer call on the Cougars gave them a first down at the 38. Two completions moved the ball to the Cougar 47, and on first down there, Combs hit White with a pass that went for a touchdown. A run on the conversion attempt was stopped, but the Mustanmgs led 12-0 with 10:57 left in the first half.
The Mustangs took over at their own 14-yard line following a Cougar punt with 6:15 left. It took them just 1:21 and four plays to move 86 yards for another touchdown. Combs connected with White again from 43 yards out, then added the extra point to make it 19-0. That was the score as the half ended.
The Cougars had the ball to start the second half and Dustin Woosley had a 36-yard return of the kickoff to give his team good field position at the 46. But on second down, the Cougars lost a fumbled snap and the Mustangs had the ball at the Cougar 45. Three plays later, Combs carried in from 14 yards out to make it 26-0
The Cougars gained a first down on their next possession, but on the next play lost their third fumble of the night, giving the Mustangs the ball at the Cougar 46. Six plays later the Mustangs were in the end zone again, this time with Combs throwing 13 yards to Hunter Snyder to make it 33-0 with 7:11 left in the period.
Grayson County gained possession at their own 26 with 2:56 left in the third quarter, and put together their first scoring drive.
With a first down at the Mustang 11, three plays had lost two yards. On fourth down, freshman quarterback Noah Bullock hit Jordan Stallings with a pass at the goal line, and the Cougar running back muscled hit way in against a pair of defenders to put the Cougars on the board with 2.7 seconds left. Woosley added the extra point to make it 33-7.
Muhlenberg County answered by moving 54 yards in just two plays, with Combs breaking loose on a 57-yard run to make it 40-7.
Grayson County responded with a 65-yard drive for the final score of the night. Stallings ran the ball in from 23 yards out to make the final score 40-14.
The start time for Friday night’s playoff game at Owensboro will be 7 p.m.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.