Cougars take down Macon-East
The Crenshaw Christian Academy Cougars used a strong second quarter to pull off a 28-22 win over Class AAA Macon-East Montgomery Academy in Cecil on Thursday night.
The Knights jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, but the Cougar rushing attack got rolling in the second quarter.
Following a drive assisted by penalties, quarterback Gunnar McCollough scored from a yard out.
On the ensuing possession, CCA recovered a fumble and after rushes from McCollough, Shaun Lewis and Will Moses, the Cougars were in the endzone again for a 14-8 lead.
McCollough added another 33-yard touchdown run with less than four minutes to play in the half to make it 21-8.
The Knights scored on the second possession of the third quarter to cut the lead to a touchdown, and CCA faced a tough decision with under three minutes to play in the game.
With the score 21-14, the Cougars had the ball on the MEMA one-yard line on fourth down.
While it looked like head coach Roland Jones would attempt a field goal at first, the Cougars called a timeout and reconsidered.
Coming out of the timeout, Moses blasted the ball that one yard to put CCA up 28-14.
“We just felt like we could get it,” Jones said. “It’s something you work on in practice, and Will is a strong runner. If we missed the kick, they’d get the ball at the 20-yard line, but if we missed the touchdown, they’d have it inside their one-yard line.”
The Cougars needed that extra touchdown cushion because Macon-East found the endzone in four plays to cut the lead to 28-22.
However, the game was put on ice when CCA recovered the onside kick attempt.
“We relaxed a little at the end, but we’ve got to play all the way to the end,” Jones told the team after the game. “This was a good test, and we stepped up to the challenge.”
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