Cougars suffer season opening loss to Loudon

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By Dwane Wilder

Instead of giving his usual post game speech on the field Friday night, Campbell County High School football coach Dewayne Wells ushered his players into the locker room where he proceeded to give them a tongue-lashing, the likes of which they hadn’t seen since last season’s lackluster first half performance against Heritage.


The final score of 33-0 pretty much told the story of how Loudon waltzed into L. Hope Dossett Stadium and dominated the Cougars from start to finish in the season opener.

“I’m very disappointed in our lack of eagerness and hungriness,” said Wells.

“We absolutely got manhandled on both sides of the line of scrimmage.”

The Redskins took the opening kick and drove 67 yards to put the first points on the scoreboard: a 10-yard touchdown by running back Matthew Wallace, who went on to score three more times during the game.

Loudon got the ball on Campbell County’s 34-yard line following a shanked punt by Cougars’ senior Joe Goins. On the next play, Wallace swept right, broke a couple of tackles and reversed his field of direction to score a touchdown with 5:18 left in the first quarter.

Campbell County’s defense stopped Loudon on a fourth-down play at its own 23-yard line early in the second quarter but gave up a 73-yard touchdown drive before halftime.

Redskins got the ball back inside Cougar territory early in the third quarter with an interception, and Wallace cashed in for six. The point-after kick gave Loudon a commanding 27-0 lead.

The Cougars finally got their offense going in the fourth quarter and moved the ball to the Redskins’ 14-yard line on two separate occasions, only to come up empty-handed.

Junior fullback/place-kicker Wesley Cook, a transfer from Bearden, had a 31-yard field goal attempt tipped at the line of scrimmage. Later, sophomore quarterback Tuffy Shoupe was sacked for a loss of 12 yards on fourth-and-10 with 1:37 left in the game.

“(Loudon is) as good up front as we’ve seen in a while. You get an offensive line that can maul people, and it makes things a lot easier.”

Campbell County, which set a school records last season for rushing yardage, netted only 45 against the Redskins’ front line led by all-region tackle Chad Purdy. Consequently, the Cougars finished with only 117 yards total offense.

Newcomer Joe Goins was one of the few bright spots for Campbell County. The senior running back/punter caught two passes for 36 yards, rushed three times for 10 yards and had one punt over 40 yards.

Defensively, junior linebacker Keenan Evans and senior defensive back Trevor Nolan led the Cougars with nine and seven tackles, respectively. Evan also made two minus-yardage hit and forced a fumble which teammate Donovan Long recovered.

Nolan intercepted a pass, and Zach Ward blocked a PAT kick. Long, Shoupe and Ward were in on six stops each.

“Right now we’re just very young and inexperienced,” said Wells.

“We just did not play very well. Over the years we have established ourselves as a team that plays hard for four quarters, and that was not evident Friday night.

“Our mindset has regressed. We’ve got to have more kids that care about winning; kids that (feel like) when we get beat, it hurts.”

Campbell County will travel to Middle Tennessee tomorrow (Fri.) night for a game at White County. Kick off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Central Time.