Bulldogs win fifth straight

Published 3:00 am Saturday, October 1, 2016

Pike County picked up their fifth straight win on Friday night when they ran away from the Central Coosa Cougars 75-22.

Pike County’s defeat over the Cougars truly seemed to be a team effort as the scoring was spread out among the Bulldogs’ offense.

While Central Coosa wide receivers Tyius Evans and Donta Daniel, along with quarterback Raymond Graham each scored a touchdown, the Cougars defense just wasn’t enough to stop the steam engine that was Pike County.

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Central Coosa started out the night on an optimistic note by laying down the first touchdown of the night just 9 seconds into the first quarter, thanks to wide receiver Tyius Evans.

But Pike County soon pounced, scored back-to-back touchdowns with 10:21 and 9:40 left in the quarter. Adding the PAT from the first one brought the Bulldogs’ lead to 13-6 once the second score rolled around.

Pike County didn’t stop there. Once they gained possession after the turnover, the Bulldogs moved the ball down the field until fullback Tyrec Johnson rushed the needed 4 yards to make the their third TD for a score of 19-6 with 5:31 left in the first.

As if that wasn’t enough, Pike County quarterback Jaidyn Wilson rushed 27 yards for yet another TD with 2:53 left in the first. With the PAT, the quarter ended with the Bulldogs leading 26-6.

Central Coosa finally came back halfway into the second quarter. When going for a third down, Graham passed the ball off to wide receiver Donta Daniel, who rushed 22 yards for the Cougars’ second touchdown of the night. With 6:58, the Bulldogs’ lead narrowed to 26-14.

But Pike County soon widened that gap again as Wilson pushed 5 yards through the pack to make another score with 3:11 left in the first half. The PAT took the Bulldogs’ lead to 33-14.

With just 8 seconds left on the clock, Wilson followed that up with a 15-yard touchdown of his own for Pike County. With the PAT, the half ended with the Bulldogs leading 40-14.

The second half was just as grim for the Cougars. Halfway through the third quarter, Pike County running back Elisha Green scored from the 3-yardline with 6:32 left, expanding the Bulldogs lead to 47-14.

It would be the fourth quarter before anyone made any more headway. Pike County would be the first to score in the quarter, with fullback Dorrean Starks rushing 18 yards for the TD with 8:44 left. With that, the Bulldogs’ lead grew to 53-14.

Central Coosa tried to fight back but was only able to score one more time as Graham made the Cougars’ third and final touchdown of the night with 6:42 left in the fourth. The 2-point conversion narrowed the Bulldogs’ lead to 53-22.

But Pike County continued to pound scoring touchdowns with 5:02, 3:465 and 1:23 left. The PAT’s took the Bulldogs’ lead to a staggering 75-22.

Friday’s win over Central Coosa brings Pike County’s season record to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the region.