Cougars give up 40 straight points to TigersBy ROBBIE ROBERTSON,
The Mendenhall Tigers were everything that Newton County coach Gene Mitchell thought they were, big, fast and athletic.
The Tigers used a quick-strike offense to take a 40-7 win over visiting Newton County on Friday night.
With the loss, the Cougars fall to 1-6 on the season and will return home to host Quitman on Friday night.
It was another frustrating night for the Cougars on offense as they managed just 132 yards of total offense with just five first downs. The Cougars had 67 on the ground and 65 in the air.
“We have just got to play with great effort and more intensity,” Mitchell said. “It’s week eight, what can be said has already been said. We are just going to keep going back to the well until we get some water out of it.”
The game started off on a positive note for the Cougars. After forcing Mendenhall to punt on the opening possession of the game, the Cougars got the ball at midfield.
That’s when quarterback Donavon McCoy bootlegged out of the pocket and found fullback Carlois Walker in the flats. Walker then split a pair of defenders and raced 50 yards for a touchdown. Garrett Mills booted the PAT and Newton County led 7-0 early in the first quarter.
But things started going downhill for Newton County. On the ensuing kickoff, Mendenhall returned the kick 95 yards for a touchdown. The PAT was blocked and County still led 7-6.
After trading punts, Mendenhall finally got in gear as they went 61 yards in seven plays and scored on a 34-yard run early in the second quarter. The PAT failed and Mendenhall led 12-7.
From there, County punted three more times in the half and Mendenhall responded with three big plays, a 28-yard touchdown pass, a 41-yard run and a 40-yard touchdown pass as the Tigers led 33-7 at the half.
“They were the same old Mendenhall,” Mitchell said. “They had athletes everywhere and you can’t give them anything because they will take advantage of it and they certainly did.”
Mendenhall added a fourth-quarter touchdown for the final margin of victory.
Donavon McCoy was 2-of-7 passing for 65 yards and led the team in rushing with 27 yards on five carries. Marcus Wash had 23 yards rushing on 11 carries while Walker had 17 yards rushing on 15 carries.
On defense, Spencer Blalock had eight tackles while Skylar Porter had seven stops. Jarius Huddleston had six tackles while Noah Cutway, Ethan Gentry and Tucker Hillman each had five tackles apiece.