Cougars take loss to Edgewood

Saturday, August 23, 2014
North Putnam players swarm to the Edgewood ball carrier in the opening game on Friday.(Banner Graphic/JOHNATHON GOODE)

ROACHDALE--The North Putnam Cougars' football season opened up by facing the formidable duo of senior running back Gabe Koontz and senior quarterback Zack Harrison followed by the rest of the Edgewood Mustang team.

The pair rushed for well over 200 yards combined and each scored a touchdown en route to a 39-6 win.

The Cougars did not score until 3:10 left in the game when junior quarterback Bradley Hodges ran for a six-yard touchdown. The PAT was blocked.

"What it comes down to tonight is we did not make enough plays," coach Greg Barrett said. "We didn't move the ball. We didn't move the ball on defense. We missed tackles. We had turnovers. You can't do those things and win a game."

Junior Blake Everts set Hodges' touchdown up by rushing 34 yards on three carries during the drive. He also had a 44-yard run that was negated because of a false start.

Hodges had 67 rush yards on the night on 18 carries. He also threw for 92 pass yards, but gave up three interceptions.

"Blake ran the ball hard there at the end," Barrett said. "We're still figuring some things out. We got athletes out there.

Terry Weiss returned the second of Hodges' interceptions 72 yards for a touchdown with just over 30 seconds left in the first half. That sent the Mustangs up 26-0 at half.

Hodges was also sacked five times.

The next Cougar matchup will be next Friday at Southmont.

At North Putnam

Edgewood6 20 13 0 -- 39
Cougars0 0 0 6 -- 6


First Quarter

3:00--(E) West 7-yard run, Luke kick failed, 6-0 (E)

Second Quarter

10:33--(E) Blake 39-yard pass from Harrison, Koontz run no good, 12-0(E)

5:10--(E) Harrison 4-yard run, Luke kick good, 19-0 (E)

38.6s--(E) Weiss 72-yard INT return, kick good, 26-0 (E)

Third Quarter

5:35--(E) Koontz 22-yard pass from Harrison, Kick failed, 32-0 (E)

1:57--(E) Housel 1-yard run, Kick good, 39-0 (E)

Fourth Quarter

3:10--(NP) Hodges 6-yard run, Huffman kick failed, 39-6 (E)

First Downs1412
Rushing yards288113
Pass Yards6492
Fumbles (Lost)1(1)3(0)
Punts 2-554-142
Interceptions Thrown03



Passing (3-5--64): Boruff 0-1 0, Harrison 3-4 64 2TD.

Receiving: Blake 1-39 TD, Koontz 2-25 TD.

Rushing: Harrison 14-118 TD, Koontz 10-98, Scott 2-49, West 2-14 TD, Mayfield 2-11, Housel 2-2, Holmes 1-(-5).

Interceptions (3):Blake (2), Weiss.

Sacks (5): McGothlin (2), West (2), Koontz.

North Putnam

Passing (9-19--92): Hodges 9-19 92 3INTs.

Receiving: Judy 2-37, Ensor 1-18, Huffman 2-15, Smith 1-8, Everts 1-5, Riggen 1-5, Kendall 1-4.

Rushing: Hodges 18-67, Everts 3-34, Riggen 8-22, Lowe 3-(-4), Judy 2-(-6).

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