Coming into Friday night's contest against cross-town rival East Lake, the Countryside Cougars had not lost a regular season football game since October 2009.
After the game was over, the Cougars' streak was still intact, as Countryside used tough defense and power running to defeat the Eagles, 27-14 at Cougar Stadium.
Countryside (2-0) led the whole way, but East Lake (1-1) made it close when quarterback Pete DiNovo hit wide receiver George Campbell for a 75-yard touchdown that cut the lead to 20-14 going into the fourth quarter.
But a defensive stand on fourth down, combined with a kill-the-clock drive that culminated in a short touchdown run by fullback Ryan Yates with seconds left in the game, iced the victory for C-Side.
"We're probably in a position where we're going to get everybody's best game, and we've got to be able to play our best game each and every week," Cougars head coach Jared Davis said afterwards. "We wanted to come out and be physical, and I thought we were able to do that."
Countryside rushed for over 300 yards, with Yates and fellow senior Mike Jerrido leading the way, and the Cougars defense held the potent Eagles offense to just 14 points.
The Cougars have now beaten East Lake, which is located less than eight miles away up McMullen Booth Road, 11 of the last 12 times the teams have played.
Countryside next plays Largo at home on Friday night. The game starts at 7:30.
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