Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 15, 2012

Cougars claw Richlands, 28-17

PULASKI, Va. — The Blue Tornado met powerhouse Pulaski County Friday night in a non-district fray that came down to big plays, penalties and execution. When the dust had settled, it was the Cougars who celebrated the most points on the board as Richlands saw their 32-game regular season winning streak snapped with the final score, 28-17.

“In the first half we had a touchdown called back we had a holding call on the edge,” Rich-lands head coach Greg Mance said. “Then, we had field position and didn’t take advantage of it. We had a fourth-and-2 and we snapped the ball and we weren’t ready and it was just one of those things that we had field position, we didn’t execute and we gave up a couple big plays.”

“We came out in the second half, we battled, we had a lot of intensity and we gave up a special teams touchdown. And we lost to a very good football team, they’re well coached and out kids don’t have any reason to hang their head down.”

The Cougars’ first touchdown after the Blues failed to convert on fourth down inside Cougar territory. Pulaski drove the ball 63 yards and capped the drive with a 3-yard run by Keante Houston and Shane Crisley kicked his first of four extra points of the night.

The Cougars upped their lead to 14 points with 5:22 remaining in the opening half when Marcus McClanahan ran in a 22-yard touchdown on the first play from the line of scrimmage after Tornado penalties moved the ball deep inside Cougar territory. The score gave Pulaski a 14-0 lead through the half-time break.

Richlands came out in the third quarter and scored 10 unanswered points including a 27-yard field goal from Ben Brown. Richlands scored at the 5:08 mark of the third quarter when Gray Baker tossed a 4-yard scoring pass to A.J. Johnson and Brown added the PAT.

However, the Cougars added an 84-yard kickoff return from Tyler Ervine and a 46-yard touchdown run from McClanahan to begin the fourth quarter was the nail in the coffin.

Richlands was led in receiving by A.J. Johnson with 14 catches for 184 yards with Baker

completing 26-of-50 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns.

Quincy Rollins led Pulaski with 17 carries for 146 yards and McClanahan had 12 carries for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

The Tornado racked up 379 yards on the night and the Cougars had a total of 356 yards on the night with 296 on the ground.

The Blues travel to Patrick County Friday night for another non-district matchup.

At Joel Hicks Stadium

Richlands................................0   0  10   7  –  17

Pulaksi.................................... 7   7    7   7   –  28

First quarter

PC – Houston 3-yard run (Chrisley kick)

Second quarter

P C– McClanahan 22-yard run (Chrisley kick)

Third quarter

R – Brown 27-yard FG

R – Johnson 4-yard pass from Baker (Brown kick)

PC –  Tyler Ervine 84 kickoff return

Fourth quarter

PC – McClanahan 46-yard run (Chrisley kick)

R – Johnson 54 pass from Baker (Brown kick)

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