Young Cougars Scrimmage Warren East - Talon Gary Injured
Bowling Green - The Grayson County Cougars faced off with the Warren East Raiders in a scrimmage Friday night in Bowling Green. This was the first outing for this young Cougar team which lost a ton of talented Senior's last year.
This year's squad might be young, but they are resilient. After getting shutout in the first half and losing starting QB Talon Gary to an injury, the Cougars had a decision to make. Do we lie down or claw our way back into this game?
The Cougars came out in the third quarter motivated. They needed to score and stop the high powered Warren East Offense. After Gary's injury, the offense was led by Junior Trey Waltermire at QB. With some big plays from Dylan Woodcock and Taylor Wright, the offense found themselves in the red zone ready to strike. Stopped just shy of the goal line, the call came to pound the ball across the goal line. The extra point was good and the Cougars were not only on the board, but able to execute and sustain a long drive with some creative offense.
Although the touchdown fired up the Cougar offense, it was the Cougar's defense turn to prove they could stop the explosive offense of the Raiders. Led by "The Beast" Lane Rackley, the Cougar defensive line let the Raiders know what corn fed really means. After consecutive stops and a forced fumble, the Cougar D line and secondary tightened up and shut down the Raider running attack. Forcing the Raiders wide, the defense started to make plays.The Cougars shut out the Raiders in the third quarter. Glimpses of what's to come and what's possible with these underclassmen.
The fourth quarter had some miscues including an interception for a touchdown by the Raiders. The Raiders closed out the scrimmage 36-7. The Cougars showed speed on the outside and can mix up the run and pass. Nothing fancy, just keep sticks moving.
Both the defensive and offensive lines held their own in the scrimmage and have some serious upside. They will be the difference makers on this year's team. If the Offensive line can buy enough time for the offense to open up for run or short pass potential, the Cougars should be able to move the sticks. This is a very grind it out type of offense and will require execution across all blocking assignments.
Teams may be tempted to test the Cougar defensive line, it's a test the Cougars should pass. They will need to contain the inside run and allow the secondary time to cover. The secondary will face some of the best QB-WR combos anywhere this season. The secondary is the X factor in how well the Cougar defense can minimize the big plays. The Cougars will consistently get better throughout the season. They play hard, are not intimidated and understand that if you improve with every snap, it's only a matter of time.
Please join us on K105 for live Cougar Football with Steve Thompson, Friday August 23rd, as the Cougars travel to Hancock County. Pre-game at 6:30.