Cougar Football traveled to Corryton in Knox County to take on the Gibbs Eagles on Friday night. Things were going well early on but the second half saw things go south quickly for the Cougars. At the end of the first half the Cougars seemedto be cruising to the third victory of the season as they were up 27-6 under the leadership of quarterback Landon Addington.
Unfortunately Addington went down with a knee injury early on in the second half. After that Drew Jordan, Joseph Paul, and Hunter White all saw time at quarterback. Unfortunately none of themwere able to get the Cougars back on track and the Eagles defeated them 34-27.
According to reports Addington is out at least 4-6 weeks and this is pending an MRI that will tell the tale of the extent of the damage to his knee. At best Addington could come back for the final two regular season games and any playoff games the Cougars may earn. At worst his football and possibly athletic career as a Cougar is over.
The one positive is that the Cougars have their bye week to sort things out before a Rivalry Thursday television match up with the Panthers of Powell.
Senior Drew Jordan actually has seen some time at quarterback in the COugar’s “big” package. This almost exclusively involves him power running the football. He is unproven as a passer. Jordan also sees a significant number of snaps as a defensive leader,leaving him as not necessarily the best option for the Cougars.
Sophomore Joseph Paul saw the most time against Gibbs in relief of the injured Addington. He is listed as the number two quarterback on the depth chart. He was thrown in a tough situation and still completed some good passes while managing the offense against Gibbs. Odds are he will start against Powell.
Hunter White may have the most raw quarterback potential of any of the potential replacements. He had a stand out career on the middle school level. Unfortunately this does not translate to being ready to start on the high school level. The transition from 8th grade to freshman is an immense one, especially on the 5A level. In the ideal world White will finish his freshman year running the JV offense and will not be thrown to the wolves of a very tough district.
Christian Tinch is a wildcard for the Cougars. He was a stand out signal caller for the Owls and has a year of JV action under his belt. He has the physical tools to make a good play caller for the Cougars.
Whoever ends up the starter will have the advantage of a talented offense around them and one of the best quarteback coaches/offensive coordinators in the state getting him ready.