Cougs over Owls in squeaker enter Distict 12 W column

Leon Cougar senior running back, Callaghan Sherrod, rips through the Anderson-Shiro defense with clearing blocks from offensive linemen, Michael King (51) and Donnie Alexander (54), as the Cougs outlasted the Owls, 7-6 on Friday, October 27 at Cougar Field.

The Leon Cougars, struggling to stay in the running for a post-season spot, scored once in the second quarter, dodged bullets the whole game, but hung on to post a 7-6 nail-biter win on Friday, October 27 at Cougar Field. Leon started off like gang-busters with the Cougar offensive line ripping big holes for workhorse, Callaghan Sherrod (18/126 for the night, unofficially), as Leon moved from their own 31 in eight plays to a 1st/goal on the Owl four. Four tries later, A-S took over at the nine. But the Cougar defense put the quietus on any Owl offensive ambitions. They had forced a change of possession on downs even after the Cougs had a punt blocked and A-S took over on the Leon 26. The Owls faced 4th/4 at the Leon 23, when senior Nathan McCoslin somehow stopped the Owl’s Shyheim Jones after a yard pick up to avert a possible Anderson score.  The Cougar defense would complete the first half shutout, by forcing two Owl punts in the second quarter. And although the Cougar’s first possession was zapped by an interception at the A-S 36, Leon finally found paydirt through the air as senior QB, Peyton Pruett, found junior Justin Massey, who made an acrobatic catch in the endzone from thirteen yards out for the lone Cougar TD for the night. Ruben Gonzalez kicked the +1 PAT off a hold by Pruett and led 7-0 with 1:00 remaining in the half.  Then after the Leon defense forced a second Owl punt from midfield, the Cougars took over with :20 before halftime. The Cougs then just barely avoided another one of those bullets.  With the buzzer sounding as the final play of the half was transpiring, the Cougs fumbled at their 39, the Owls’ Garrett Johnson scooped and scooted down the home sideline 38 yards before Pruett knocked him out of bounds a yard shy of paydirt. The Cavalry, also known as the Cougar Defense, limited the Owl offense two six plays and two punts in the third quarter. After a mini-punt of ten yards on the Owls’ first possession into a steady north wind, Leon had excellent field position at the Owl 29, but blew it with another INT at 7:38. Things began to click for the A-S offense in the final period, as they moved 72 yards in ten plays, scoring from thirteen yards out with 6:37 remaining. They opted for +2 and the Cougar defense came through one more time with a game-saving stop of #44, Jones, who is a Mack truck disguised as a running back. The final Owl possession, aided by a successful fake punt on 4th/12 from their 27, moved to the Cougar 39 before a 4th/3 pass fell incomplete and Leon got to run every offense’s favorite play for the final minute. The Cougars will travel to Hearne on Friday, November 3 to battle the Eagles, who beat Marlin 27-20 to improve to 4-0 in district and tied for the lead with the Buffalo Bison. In the other District 12-3A contest, Bruceville-Eddy edged New Waverly, 35-34 to take sole possession of the 3rd spot in district standings.  Marlin, with two wins, fills out the 4th and final advancing position, with two games remaining. New Waverly and Leon are tied with one win and three losses. In other area action: Centerville14 Lovelady 34; Brookshire Royal 0 Madisonville 58; Moody 54  Normangee 42; Meridian 0 Bremond 56; Franklin 50 Jarrell 0.

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