“I wanted them to be physical and run the ball.”
-Cougars head coach Jared Davis.
And that’s just what they did. With the game in the balance, the Cougars elected to pound at East Lake to the tune of 23 carries for more than 120 yards.
The Cougars wanted to bring the game to East Lake and control things after a game-breaking, pick-six from sophomore defensive back Mike Johnson.
“Those are my players of the game, Diomi because of how he put his team on his back and Mike for making the big plays,” Davis said. “We put the game on Diomi’s back and said, ‘we’re going to run you ‘till you can’t walk.'"
Johnson had two picks in the game but the one off a screen pass in the fourth quarter was the deciding factor in the game.
Of course the Cougars still had to grind it out for a 27-21 win over the East Lake Eagles. Davis was very complimentary of the offensive line.
“They really enabled us to run the ball well in the second half," Davis said.
Davis said the Eagles kept fighting even into the waning moments of the game.
“They’re a good football team, they can do a lot of things,” Davis said. “I was really impressed with their secondary. That Devin Abraham kid, he’s gonna be real good.”
Abraham, a sophomore, is the son of former Buccaneer corner back Donnie Abraham and appears to be developing into a fine defensive player.
The Cougars improve to 2-0 on the year and play at Largo (1-1) Sept. 16.
Saturday Morning Scores: Clearwater Central Catholic stomped Lakeland Christian 20-6, according to the Lakeland Ledger. CCC recovered five fumbles; four in the third quarter which led to 13 points. Calvary lost 42-3 in their to Indian Rocks Christian, according to tampabay.com. The wet did not slow nine Golden Eagles running backs from stacking 262 yards up. Clearwater is 0-2 after a 56-8 loss to Tarpon Springs, according to tampabay.com.