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Cougars get the best of Knights

By Staff
FULL SPEED AHEAD n West Lauderdale running back Carlessio Blanks tries to get past several Newton County defenders Friday night. The Knights lost their second game of the season, 27-9. Photo by Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star.
By Jeff Byrd\The Meridian Star
September 29, 2001
In a big Region 5-3A contest between remarkably similar teams, it was the team that made the fewest mistakes who came on top.
Unbeaten Newton County took advantage of four turnovers by West Lauderdale to pound out a 27-9 win here at the Knights' field in Collinsville on Friday night.
The Cougars, ranked 20th in this week's Associated Press prep poll, reeled off 20 straight points to come back from a 9-7 second quarter deficit. Newton County moves to 5-0 on the season and 1-0 in region play. West Lauderdale falls to 3-2 overall and is now 1-1 in the region.
Trailing 9-7 with seven minutes to go in the first half, the Cougars calmly went about retaking the lead. They marched 76 yards in 13 plays in part off the arm of quarterback Brian McDonald who completed four passes in the drive including three for first downs.
The drive finally stalled at the Knight 10 and Brian McConnell came in to boot a 27-yard field goal that put Newton County back up at 10-9 with 20 seconds to go in the half.
The Knights appeared ready to concede the half when Carlessio Blanks broke loose on a 29-yard run to mid-field.
Instead, Knight quarterback C. Jay Fountain's pass was intercepted by Terrance Patrick at the Knight 36. Just 0.3 seconds remained but it was just long enough for McConnell to drill a 53-yard field goal as the half expired.
The big kick's also provided a momentum boost into the second half. The Cougars marched 80 yards on the opening possession of the half.
Darryl Mapp capped the 12-play drive with a two-yard TD run. McConnell's kick made it 20-9 Cougars with 8:19 left in the quarter.
It would stay that way until the final two minutes when Mapp again scored on a 10-yard run to put the contest away.
In between that 18-minute span was a lot of futility by both teams. The Knights suffered three lost fumbles and a turnover on downs to prevent them from mounting a comeback.
The Cougars, however, were not able to cash in the breaks. They had two touchdowns called back because of a hold on one occasion and illegal chop block on another.
McCain said the Cougars deserve the victory.
Newton County broke out to a 7-0 lead marching 89 yards following a punt on West's opening possession of the game. McDonald hit a 56-yard pass to Dusty Rose to get the Cougars out of its own end. Three plays later, Mapp scored on a 28-yard run. McConnell's kick made it 7-0 with 5:52 left in the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, the Knights got on the board when Blanks broke loose on a 67-yard run for the touchdown. Mosley's kick was ruled wide leaving the score at 7-6 with 10:19 left in the half.
About two minutes later, the Knights had the ball back and Fountain responded with a 22-yard pass to Tommy Hodges and a 17-yard run to set up Mosley's go ahead 37-yard field goal. The kick made it 9-7, Knights, with 7:10 left.
Mapp finished with 161 yards rushing on 29 carries. McDonald was eight of 14 passing for 123 yards. Newton County had 232 yards rushing and 355 in total offense.
West Lauderdale got 143 yards rushing from Blanks and 105 passing from Fountain. The junior completed 10 of 25.

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