After a poor start to the football season a week earlier, the Campbell County Cougars came out on a mission Friday night at White County.
“We were very disappointed in how we played last week and everyone knows that,” CCHS coach Dewayne Wells said of his young team.
“Our kids had a different mindset at practice and we just wanted to come out and show we were better than what we were last Friday (against Loudon). I think we showed that we were determined.”
Did they ever.
The Cougars recovered two fumbles and set school single game records for interceptions (4) and interceptions returned for touchdowns (2) in a 42-12 win over the White County Warriors.
“They were ready to play at 2 o’clock today,” Wells said.
“I am really proud of them. They felt like they had a lot of pressure on them. There are expectations there now, and to play like that is a confidence builder.
“The defense came up with some big, big turnovers that put the game out of reach.”
After recovering a White County (0-2 overall) fumble in the first quarter and punching it in from three yards out, the Cougar defense went to work in the second quarter. Campbell County (1-1 overall) forced the Warriors to punt twice. Brad Hicks got the first pick, which he returned 81 yards to put the Cougars up 21-0.
With the Warriors threatening at the end of the half, quarterback/defensive back Trevor Nolan picked off two of Warrior quarterback Conor Sparkman’s passes to end the threat and take the lead into the locker room.
After a fake punt put the Warriors within two scores during the third quarter, Zach Ward picked off the fourth WCHS pass and took it 17 yards to the end zone.
From there it was all up to fullback Wesley Cook to ice the game with his second touchdown of the game and quarterback Tuffy Shoupe to put in another. Cook carried the ball 16 times for 98 yards in the game while controlling the clock and the tempo of the game. The junior transfer from Bearden was a big part of the win coach Wells said.
“Wesley had some big runs and played hard,” Wells said. “He is a tough kid.”
Nolan was everywhere for the Cougars and finished the night with the three turnovers on defense, threw a touchdown pass to Ward, ran for a score and had seven carries for 24 yards. The senior was also 2-for-7 passing for 62 yards.
“Trevor has a lot of pressure on him during the game, and he handled it well tonight,” Wells said.
“He is stepping up and being a leader. He knows he is fulfilling a big role.”
The Cougars now start district 3-AAA play Friday at home against Anderson County, a team that Coach Wells says the team is looking forward to playing for a big early test.
“We know it won’t be easy this next week,” Wells said.
“We can’t rest, and we can’t be satisfied. We got a big win. How we handle this is big.”
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.