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Cougars Fall To Dragons

It was homecoming on The Hill Friday night as the Dragons of Clinton invaded L. Hope Dossett Stadium and Pat Kerr Field. Pre game saw Kaylee Welch crowned the 2018 Cougar Football Homecoming Queen. After the ladies exited the field it was time for Cougar Football Action.

The somewhat depleted Cougars, missing Christian Shouse, Cahron Williams, and Preston Bowman from the receiving corps, took the field on defense first. It started well as they forced the Dragons to punt after holding them to 3 and out. Then Landon Addington took to the field and did not miss a beat. He Makyle Shepherd in stride for a 60 yard touchdown to draw first blood on the Dragons. Riley Wallace nailed the point after to put the Cougars up 7-0 with just over eight minutes to go in the first. The Dragons managed to tie things up and the score remained tied until Addington found Devlin Dukes to take the lead 14-7 with 2:49 remaining in the half. In the waning seconds of the half the Dragons scored to tie things at 14 going into the half.

The Dragons struck first in the third quarter as they took the lead 21-14 late in the third quarter. The Dragons picked off Addington to end the third and rode the momentum into the game’s final frame. The Dragons scored again and completed the two point conversion to extend their lead to 29-14. Once again Addington linked up with Dukes on a 30 yard touchdown pass to cut the Dragon’s lead to 29-21. Unfortunately it would be the last time the Cougars scored and the Dragons took home the win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The Cougars are also still in the running for the postseason. If they can defeat the Rebels of West on next week’s senior night they will qualify for the TSSAA Playoffs for the sixth consecutive year.

Eagles Advance To Title Game With Win Over HMMS

Will Lester

It has been weeks since the Eagles of Jacksboro stepped onto the gridiron. Sceduling and a first round playoff bye have kept the Eagles idle. This changed when the Red Devils of Horace Maynard Middle School came to town for round two of the TMSAA Playoffs. The winner of the game would advance to next Saturday’s title game to be held on The Hill at CCHS.

It was an emotional game for the Eagles as their classmate Conner Lane succumbed to cancer earlier in the week. A blue chair with blue balloons sat on the sideline in his memory and the Eagles entered Gibson Field carrying a “Conner Strong” banner.

It did not take long after that emotional entrance for the Eagles to draw first blood as Will Lester pounded his way through the Devil’s defense for a touchdown and then immediately followed it up by catching a pass from quarterback Ethan Miller for a 2 point conversion.

Then the defensive struggle began. Neither team could punch the ball into the endzone for the remainder of the first half. That changed in the waning seconds though as Peyton Ferguson picked off a Devil’s pass and took it 60 yards down the field for an Eagle touchdown. Lester added the 2 point conversion and the Eagles went into the half leading 16-0.

The second half saw the defensive struggle continue but in the third quarter something special happened. The Eagle defense recovered a fumble and the offense returned to the field. It was then that Will Lester broke through the front seven of the Devil’s defense and rushed past the 1,000 yard mark on the season. This was an extra special feat as Will and his father Brent, who also an Eagle coach, became the first father-son duo to join the Thousand Yard Club at JMS.

In the final quarter the Devils managed to score but it was not enough as the Eagles won the game 16-8.

The Eagles are now undefeated for 17 straight games and have back to back undefeated seasons with 1,000 yard rushers. They are poised for a championship game rematch against Cherokee at L. Hope Dossett Stadium where they have the chance to win their second straight TMSAA East Tennessee Title.

St. John Has Great Day Fishing For Bryan

Trevor St. John had a standout fishing career as a Cougar. HE signed to continue his fishing days with the Lions of Bryan College. Last weekend he and his partner Bailey Fain, along with their Lion Angler teammates, traveled to Russleville, Arkansas to fish on Lake Dardanelle as part of the Cabela’s College Fishing events.

Over 200 boats were out fishing for various universities in this event. Out of those 200 boats St. John and Fain did very well for the Lions as they had a tenth place finish. Then pair outperformed teams from Auburn, Oklahoma State and the University of Tennessee.

Volleyball Players Earn Post Season Accolades

The 2018 season was unquestionably the best season ever in the history of Lady Cougar Volleyball. The team had the most wins and district wins in program history. Though the season ended in a loss to Halls during the district tournament the team’s quartet of seniors each had one last honor to be bestowed upon them.

Anna Cain was named co-defensive player of the year for her ability to absolutely kill a volley and her powerful spiking abilities. Setter Destiny Wormsley, who’s position is the volleyball equivalent to quarterback, was named first team All-District. Seniors Lexy Richardson and Lauren Graves also earned honorable mentions on the All-District team.

Jordan Sets Record As Cougars Crush Beavers

The Cougar’s playoff path became much more clear as they picked up a big win over the Beavers of Karns by a score of 43-21. With this win and Powell having to forfeit their wins the Cougars only need to win one more game to be in the post season for a sixth consecutive year. Drew Jordan had a bravura performance against the Cougar’s district rival. The powerful running back set one record and tied two others behind the blocking of a line that Jordan refereed to as, “the best in East Tennessee.”

To see what records he set we have to go back in time over a decade. Chris Johnson rushed for 336 yards and five touchdowns against Union County in 2005. Anyone who has watched the high flying Justin Price offense probably thought these records were safe as the offense seems more pass oriented. But not this time. Jordan powered out 345 yards and five rushing touchdowns of his own against the Beavers. To put an exclamation point on his night Jordan also completed a two point conversion pass to Alex Gross. Jordan now shares the most touchdowns in a game with both Johnson and Bo Farris

The Landon Addington to Christian Shouse connection was also good for a touchdown on the evening.

Friday the Cougars with travel to Knoxville to take on Fulton in a game that could determine which team gets a home playoff game.

Jordan Tolliver crushes a Beaver defender to open up a running lane for Drew Jordan