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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Cougars enjoy a homecoming

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Forced to play its first three games on the road due to stadium renovations, Courtland celebrated Friday’s return home to H. Kenneth Brown Field in a big way.

With their wing–T offense amassing 540 total yards, the Cougars blasted visiting Stafford 58–14, with a relentless ground attack that produced seven touchdowns.

Sophomore halfbacks Victor Greene and George Cheetham, and junior fullback Anton Jenkins accounted for most of the damage. Greene rambled for 172 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries to lead the way.

Cheetham added 143 yards and a touchdown on 12 rushes. Jenkins contributed 97 bruising yards and a pair of scores.

Four of the Cougars’ touchdown runs came in the first half, when they raced to a 37–7 advantage.

“Things are really coming together for us up front,” said Cougars coach J.C. Hall. “We ran the ball well against Massaponax and Riverbend, but didn’t reward ourselves. That’s tough.”

Courtland (2–2) lost both of those contests, but seems to have turned the page after beating Louisa handily and then the Indians on Friday.

“It’s getting our confidence up,” said Greene. “I know it is mine. We want to take it one game at a time now and just keep doing the things we’ve been doing.”

Those things came on the ground and through the air against Stafford (0–4).

Sophomore quarterback Jabari Allen completed five passes for 173 yards in the first half and connected with Nick Grant for a 61-yard strike to open up things for the ball carriers.

“Stafford was in like a goal-line defense, so we tried to loosen them up with the passing,” Hall said. “I think we just wore them down in the second half.”

Down by 30 points at the break, the Indians came out firing on all cylinders in the third quarter.

Quarterback Garrett Cropp engineered an 80-yard scoring march that ended with a 1-yard plunge by Zevin Holley. Cropp had entered the game in the second quarter. He passed for 132 yards, including a 50-yard bomb to Joseph Lamar.

Stafford has a bye next week before playing its Commonwealth District opener at North Stafford. Courtland travels to Culpeper next Friday.

 

Steve Franzello: 540/374-5440

sports@freelancestar.com

 

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