Cougars drop Homecoming contest to Barren County, 26-15

The Cougar football team suffered a disappointing loss last Friday evening on Homecoming Night as the visiting Barren County Trojans beat them 26-15 at Cougar Field.

Coming into the game, the Trojans were winless, having scored just 27 points in their eight games. Against the Cougars, they nearly doubled that total. Grayson County hurt themselves all night with costly turnovers, two of which led to Trojan touchdowns.

The loss overshadowed a stellar performance by junior running back Michael Hoskins, who carried the ball 13 times on the night for 126 yards and both Cougar touchdowns. Hoskins also caught a pair of passes for 33 yards. Senior Evan Embry also had a good night crunning the ball as he carried nine times for 62 yards. In all, the Cougars ran for 211 yards.

The Trojans had the ball first, but the Cougars stopped them and forced a punt. Taking over at their own 12-yard line, the Cougars ran eight plays and moved the ball into Trojan territory at the 46, but lost a fumble on their next play.

The Trojans took over at the 46 and quickly moved in for the first score of the game. Six plays later, quarterback Dalton Ford bulled in from the one on a sneak to give the Trojans their first lead of the night. The extra-point try failed, but the visitors led 6-0, which was how the first quarter ended.

On the first play following the touchdown, Cougar quarterback Cameron Harris was intercepted near midfield. Barren County moved the ball to the Cougar 12-yard line, where they faced a fourth-and-two, but Grayson County came up with the stop and took over on downs.

The Cougars began moving the ball once more, taking it out to their own 48, before another fumble gave the ball back to the Trojans. Two plays later, Ford connected with senior wide receiver Matt Goldsmith on a 42-yard scoring pass. A try for a two-point conversion failed, but the Trojans were in front 12-0.

Grayson County finally got a scoring drive on its next possession. Taking over at their own 37, the Cougars moved 63 yards in just five plays, with the key play coming from Hoskins on second down as he raced 40 yards down to the Barren 22. Embry then carried to the six, from where Hoskins scored with 2:34 left in the half to make it 12-7, which was how the half ended.

The Cougars had the ball to start the second half and were moving it steadily into Trojan territory, but on a first-and-10 at the Trojan 26, another fumble ended the drive.

The two teams then traded possessions until the Cougars gained possession at the Barren 35 following a nine-yard punt. Four plays later, Hoskins dove across the goal line after a 22-yard carry and the Cougars took their first lead of the night, 15-12.

But the lead did not last long. As the third quarter ended, the Trojans had a second down at their own 36. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Ford threw up a high, arching pass that somehow found its way into the arms of freshman wideout, Jamarcus Miley, who then eluded a pair of Cougar defenders and raced into the end zone on a 65-yard scoring bomb. This time the extra-point was good and the Trojans took the lead for good, 19-15.

Grayson County was held on its next possession deep in its own territory and the Trojans gained control at the Cougar 31. Four plays later Goldsmith carried in from 22-yards out and the Trojans had an insurmountable 26-15 lead with 2:41 left to play.

Grayson County, (1-8) will take their final road trip of the regular season next week when they travel to Muhlenberg County to take on the Mustangs (2-7). That game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Greenville.

By Don Brown, Local Sports
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Junior Michael Hoskins ran for 126 yards and two
touchdowns in the Cougars’ 26-15 loss last Friday.