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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Cougars get Hall’s message, respond



Coach J.C. Hall’s half-time tirade got the attention of his Courtland Cougars. Back-to-back third-quarter turnovers, leading to their opponent’s score, established a sense of urgency.

The Cougars (3–2) responded with a potent ground attack en route to a 29–8 victory over a much-improved Culpeper team Friday night.

“I knew if it was close [the score], we were going to have to pound the ball,” Hall said. “For whatever reason, they did a good job of defending against the run and we couldn’t pass the ball.”

Courtland was fortunate to keep its host off the scoreboard in the first half. The Blue Devils (2–3) drove to Courtland’s 32-yard line on their first possession prior to an interception by the Cougars’ German Salazar. Then Courtland’s Joe Tyson and Ryan Williams stopped Marcellus Greene on a fourth-and-inches play at the Cougars’ 27.

A lost fumble halted Culpeper’s third possession at the Cougars’ 26, and finally, Culpeper drove to the 28 in the closing seconds of the first half , only to have quarterback Jeremy Robson sacked for an 8-yard loss.

Victor Greene’s 38-yard scamper down the sidelines set up Joe Tyson’s 4-yard score.

The Cougars drove 53 yards to open the second half for their second TD before back-to-back turnovers.

Greene pulled the Devils to within six points, hauling in Robson’s pass in the left flat and sidestepping several would-be tacklers to complete a 24-yard play.

“Culpeper is a good team: They had us stopped; they had us frustrated,” said running back Anton Jenkins, who finished with 85 rushing yards and two TDs. “Coach told us to go out and fight in the second half and that’s what we did.”