The Cougar football team saw its season come to an ignominious end last Friday evening in Owensboro as the Red Devils thrashed them 69-o in the opening round of the post-season playoffs.
There was very little to feel good about for Grayson County as the Red Devils dominated in every way possible. They scored three touchdowns in the game’s first three minutes of play. They led 34-0 after the first period and 55-0 at the half.
The Cougars lost three fumbles on the night, had two passes intercepted, had one punt blocked and another punt returned for a 43-yard touchdown. Owensboro scored 10 touchdowns on the night and none of their scoring drives took more than four plays to complete.
The Cougars won the toss, but elected to defer until the second half. That allowed the Red Devils to get the ball first and they wasted no time in getting on the board. The Red Devils completed a pass to the Cougar 42, but the play was nullified by offsetting face mask penalties.
After a run gained no yards, Jahlil Barrett took a handoff and raced 59 yards for the first score of the night. Nicholas Brake added the extra points with with a little over a minute run off the clock, Owensboro led 7-0.
On the ensuing kickoff, freshman Montgomery Smith saw the ball take an erratic hop over his head and bounce toward the Cougar end zone. As Smith turned to try to retrieve the ball, he stumbled, allowing Owensboro’s Kishawn Walker to scoop up the ball and take it into the end zone.
The ball could not be advanced though, and the touchdown was nullified. But three plays later Landon Board scored from three yards out to make it 14-0. Just 2:19 had been run off the clock.
Grayson County took the kick and began its first possession at its own 32-yard line. But on first down, the Cougars lost the ball and the Red Devils covered the fumble at the 37. On first down, quarterback Zach Gross hit Barrett with a pass and the running back took it into the end zone to make it 21-0. Just 2:31 had been run off the clock.
The Cougars were forced to punt on their next possession, but the Red Devils were whistled for having 12 men on the field, and the penalty gave the Cougar a first down at their own 25.
A second down pass from Tristan Willis to Jordan Stallings gave the Cougars another first down out to the 39. But three straight running plays gained only two yards and they were forced to punt again.
The Red Devils’ Anthony Draeger broke through to block the punt and his team took over at the Cougar 37. Three plays later Owensboro was in the end zone again with Board carrying in from the 15 and the Red Devils led 28-0 with 3:41 left in the first period.
The Cougars quickly went three and out and punted from their own 10-yard line. Barrett fielded the ball at the 43 and returned it all the way for another score. For some reason, the Red Devils tried a two-point conversion but failed, leaving the score at 34-0 with 2:13 left in the quarter.
Owensboro took over at the 50-yard line with 16 seconds left in the opening period and as the period came to an end had moved to the Cougar 19. On the first play of the second period, Gross connected with Barrett for another scoring toss and the Red Devils led 41-0, and the clock began running continuously by the mercy rule.
The Red Devils scored twice more before the end of the first half. Following a Cougar misplay on the kick following Barrett’s fourth touchdown, the Red Devils covered the ball at their own 42. James Anthony took the ball on first down and started around the right side. He reversed his field and came back to the left, where he found clear sailing for a 58-yard touchdown to make it 48-0.
Owensboro took over with 1:04 left in the period and moved 36 yards in two plays for the final score of the half. Jakary Weaver scored from 32 yards out to make it 55-0 at the half.
The Cougars had their best possession of the night opening the third quarter, moving from their own 25 to the Red Devil 47, but another lost fumble gave the ball to the Red Devils. Three plays later Weaver scored his second TD of the night on a 47-yard run to make it 62-0.
The final score of the night came with 5:49 left in the fourth quarter as Trevon Green rambled down the left side on a 36-yard touchdown run.
The Cougars finished their season with a record of 2-9.
Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.