Courgars improve to 5-1

Courgars improve to 5-1

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Courgars improve to 5-1

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MTCS came into Friday night’s Homecoming game against Whitwell giving up just nine points a game on the year and shutting out three of its five opponents.

But the Tigers took it to the Cougars on the ground and then MTCS found itself in an unfamiliar place in 2013, down 20-12 as halftime neared.

Unlike Cougars teams of the past two years though, this one has some bite. MTCS scored 28-straight points on their way to a 40-20 rout of the Tigers.

With 1:30 to go in the first half, Nick Merritt knocked his way into the end zone on a three-yard run. Even with the missed two point conversion, the Cougars never looked back.

“You’ve got to be able to make adjustments and that’s what we did,” coach Brian Stewart said. “You know, homecoming week there’s a lot of distractions and things of that nature, but it’s just a matter of giving all you’ve got and playing hard.”

Nobody embodied that more so than junior quarterback Justin Winn who finished the game 16 of 22 passing for 259 and three touchdowns to go along with 66 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Winn was shifty and clutch when he needed to be in the first half, when he amassed 189 of the Cougars’ first 206 yards.

“I’ve got to give all my thanks to the linemen who gave me plenty of time, and the wide receivers got themselves open,” Winn said.

To start the second half, the Cougars drove 66 yards on eight plays capped by another Merritt touchdown dive, this time from one yard out. Immediately, the defense forced a turnover on downs on a dropped punt snap and three plays later, Winn took it into the end zone on an 8-yard run.

On the ensuing possession, Tyler Tate threw the first of his two interceptions to Trey Hickey – numbers four and five on the year for Hickey.

Again the Cougars answered and drove 10 plays and 70 yards, 51 of which came on a pass and catch between Winn and Griffin Harper. Winn hit Harper again from six yards out to put the Cougars up 20.

The Tigers ran for 239 yards on the ground with two touchdowns, but once they were down, they had a tough time relying on the run.

“Well we’re a run-oriented team, there’s no doubt about it,” Whitwell coach Billy Barnhart said.

“And when we’ve got to get into passing situations, we’ve been putting an emphasis on it the last couple of weeks, but they were bringing more than we could handle.”

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