Cougar Football Team Shutout in First Friday Night Game
Anticipation was high on Friday, November 7th as the Cougar football team was set to play its first game under the lights against the cross-town rival St. Mary’s Panthers at the newly renovated Cougar Field. Players, families, students and teachers had waited for this opportunity for many years. In addition to the new lights, new turf and a darkening fall sky, the possibility of an NCS playoff berth hung in the air.
Unfortunately, the Cougars suffered their third loss in the last four games, getting blown out 26-0. This loss gave the Cougars a 3-6 record for the season.
The Panthers regularly took advantage of good field position provided by numerous Cougar turnovers.
According to junior quarterback Andrew Spivey, “ A few key mistakes that we made in the first half killed us; they capitalized on all of our turnovers. We started to break down after that and could never regain our composure throughout the rest of the game. It was our worst showing of the year; if we had best played to our full ability, this could have been an easy win,” Spivey said.
With the game winding down, the Cougars had one last chance to score for pride. They were unsuccessful and many Cougar fans walked home in disappointment.
Junior Krista Smithers was one of many upset fans who attended the first Cougars game under the lights. According to Smithers, “We were supposed to win, but we lost and that sucks.”
The fall sports season is nearly over. The Cougars have only one regular season game left against the visiting John Swett Indians on Friday, November 14 under the lights once again. The Indians have a record of 2-7 and a win for the Cougars can put them into the BSAL playoffs.
On this year’s football season, Spivey said, “Overall, it has been an improvement over last year. A win against the Indians this Friday will make us the first varsity team in 12 years not to have a losing season. We could have had a much more successful season if it wasn’t for a few close losses to some good teams.”