Cougars blank Halls in jamboree quarter at Central

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By Robby O'Daniel

The Cougars picked up a 16-0 jamboree quarter win over Halls at Knoxville Central High School last Thursday night to round out the slate of summer scrimmages.

“It was a good experience for our team,” CCHS head coach Justin Price said. “I felt like the jamboree always puts an end to the summer camp. … It’s time to get focused on game one, and our kids handled that moment very well. It’s the first time you kinda get the game jerseys on and get the experience a little bit of a Friday night, and I thought our kids handled that very well.”

Logan Berry caught both touchdown passes from quarterback Zach Rutherford, Price said, while Berry and Elijah Phillips caught the 2-point conversions.

“There was about 20 seconds left in the quarter, and we kinda ran a double move,” Price said. “And Zach threw it up in the back of the end zone, and Logan made a great catch … a diving catch.”

The defense also forced two turnovers, including a Logan Giles forced fumble, Price said.

In the Halls home scrimmage two days prior, Price said the team faced adversity.

“We turned over the ball three times on offense in four possessions, and obviously when you do those things, you put yourself in a bind, but at the same time it was a good chance for our team to realize what turnovers can do for momentum,” Price said. “But it also helped them to figure out how we’re going to respond when those moments happen, and I thought our kids responded well not only the rest of the scrimmage but the next day at practice.”

The Cougars played Knoxville Central two weeks ago in a home scrimmage.

“I felt like the Central scrimmage was a good test for us,” Price said. “We’ve played Central ever year I’ve been there, and you always know that you’re going to be challenged in a lot of different areas. … It was a good test for us, and I thought our kids handled it well.”

The Cougars open the season hosting Cherokee on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.