Sunday, September 29, 2013

Helena-West Helena 38 Jacksonville 18

HELENA-WEST HELENA- The Helena-West Helena Central Cougars (2-2, 1-0) came back from an early deficit to defeat the Jacksonville Red Devils (1-3, 0-1) 38-18 at Cad Polk Stadium.

The Red Devils took the game's opening possession 61 yard on 11 plays and ate up 3:59.  Reginald Barnes scored on a 1-yard run, but the PAT was no good, leaving the Red Devils with a 6-0 lead with 8:01 remaining in the first quarter.

Helena-West Helena responded  with a ten play drive of their own that stalled at the Jacksonville 10-yard line.  Sagar Patel kicked a 27-yard field goal to put the Cougars on the board but still trailing 6-3.

After blocking a 40 yard field goal attempt by the Red Devils on the ensuing possession, the Cougars drove down to the Red Devil 15-yard linie on 15 plays, but the offense stalled again.  Patel kicked a 32-yard field goal to tie the game at 6-6 with 6:08 to go in the first half.

After Anthony Lewis returned a Red Devil punt 68 yards to the Jacksonville 7-yard line, Helena-West Helena took its first lead three plays later when Keith Hays scored on a 4-yard touchdown run.  Patel kicked the PAT and the Cougars led 13-6 with 2:36 to go in the first half.

After forcing a punt on the next possession, the Cougars went 61 yards on six plays. Brewer threw to Hays for a 5-yard touchdown reception with 27.1 seconds left in the first half.  The PAT was wide right and Helena-West Helena led 19-6 at the intermission.

The second half was wild.  Turnovers ended the half's first three possessions.  The Cougars had two.  The Red Devils had one.  With 10:28 to go in the third quarter, Lamont Gause scored for Jacksonville on a 21-yard run.  The Pat was no good and Helena-West Helena led 19-12.

The Cougars answered by taking the next possession 81 yards on seven plays.  Brewer found Lewis on a 49-yard touchdown pass.  The PAT was no good and the Cougars led 25-12 with 8:10 to go in the third, which was the score at the end of the third quarter.  

The Cougars broke the game open with 4:40 left in the game when Brewer found Lewis again from 67 yards out.  The PAT was no good and the Cougars led 31-12.

After an interception by Tiontae Williams, Brewer called his on number for a 27-yard scoring run.  Patel kicked the PAT to make it 38-12 with 1:57 to go in the game.

Jacksonville scored on a 41-yard run Robert Knowlin with 6.9 seconds left.  The try for two failed, making the final 38-18.

Cougar Coach Russell Smith was ecstatic after the victory.  He said, "It's great to open the conference season with a victory.  Jacksonville is very talented.  We have to keep working hard and getting better each week.  I am happy with how hard we played tonight."

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