Cougar JV Back on Winning Track
by David Grindstaff
The Mountain Heritage JV football team got back on the winning track in the Western Highlands Conference with a solid 36-21 victory over Owen in Swannanoa on Thursday night.
The Cougars jumped on the Warhorses early in the game and never let up as the combination of running and passing by the Heritage offense overwhelmed Owen, especially late in the game.
The Cougars bolted to an early 8-0 lead, taking their opening possession of the game 70 yards to paydirt. Utilizing the running of Justin Kenner and Adam Shuford, the Cougars marched down the field and scored on a 17 TD run and subsequent two point run by Kenner.
The Cougars upped their advantage to 14-0 with the help of an Owen fumble. Cougar Adam Walsh pounced on the loose ball at the Horse 6 yard line and three plays later Heritage was celebrating in the end zone following a 6 yard Kenner TD jaunt.
In the second quarter, the two teams traded turnovers back to back with AJ Hensley coming away with an interception at the Owen 40, and a couple of plays layer the Cougars fumble the ball back over to the Warhorses at the Owen 21.
After forcing a Warhorse punt, the Cougars strung together eight plays to reach the end zone and extend their lead to 20-0. Bryson Cooper got the touch on a 9 yard QB keeper and with 6:37 left until intermission, Heritage led big.
Owen cut the lead to 20-7 late in the second with aid of an interference call on the Cougars.
The Warhorses came out in the third quarter and put up another touchdown to trim the Cougar lead to 20-14.
The Cougars doubled up the score on Owen early in the 4th quarter when Justin Kenner capped a 62 yard drive with an 8 yard TD run. Together with the 2 point run by Bryson Cooper, the Cougars led 28-14.
Owen retaliated with an 80 yard touchdown run on first down of their next possession but the play was called back due to a hold. Never mind, the Warhorses scored on the next play from midfield on a bomb to cut the lead back to eight points at 28-20.
A combination of solid defense by the Cougars and penalties forced the Warhorses to used most of the remaining time on the clock trying to move the football down field into Cougar territory. But the door was slammed shut when Brandon Buchanan sacked The Warhorse QB on 4th down inside the Owen five yard line.
A few plays later the Cougars put the game out of reach with an Adam Shuford touchdown run and two point conversion by Bryson Cooper.
The Cougars will take this week’s open date to prepare for Mitchell. The Mountaineers beat up on Polk County 48-28 last week and will be a formidable opponent when the two teams meet on October 24 in Ledger.