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Doin' what hasn't been done

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By Chris Cannon

ccannon@lafollettepress.com

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If the ink pen isn’t out of ink, it has to be close after Friday night's editing of the Cougars' record book.

Campbell County football records were altered 10 times during the Cougars game with the Halls Red Devils, as Campbell County found the victory, 55-20.

That score ranks high, as the 55 points is the most scored by any Campbell County team. The most before that point came last season as the Cougars defeated Halls 49-35.

The 35-point margin ties the record for the largest margin of victory, which came in 2000 with a 47-12 victory over Scott County.

“Scoring 55 points, it’s exciting,” head coach Justin Price said. “It shows where our program is going. We’ve still got some problems that we’ve got to fix, and we’ll keep working. I hope it shows to our fan base that it’s paying off, little by little. We’re getting there.”

Gustavo Rosas, Ethan Jeffers and Bo Farris all added their names to the record books Friday night.

“That’s kind of what our goal has been this whole year: Do what’s never been done,” Jeffers said.

“That’s unbelievable really,” Farris echoed. “I told Ethan Miller and Brandon Long before the game that we were going to break some records.”

However, the senior didn’t see that many coming.

For Jeffers, the sophomore quarterback threw for seven touchdowns. That number ranks as the most thrown by a Campbell County quarterback. Those 42 points also ranks as the most points scored by a quarterback during a game.

“As a sophomore, some of the things he’s done, you sit back and say, ‘Wow, he’s just a sophomore,’” Price said. “And then, he’s had those plays that you think, ‘Why did you throw that?’ He’s a gunslinger. He’s getting more confidence, and I think that’s coming from his experience on Friday nights. He’s starting to understand reads a little better.”

Those seven touchdowns also rank him as seventh in the state history in touchdowns in a game. The national record is 10.
Jeffers, however, it was all his receivers and line.

“That’s just Bo Farris catching five touchdowns as a receiver,” Jeffers said. “That’s just unheard of. My linemen blocked perfect for me to be able to throw those, and my receivers just caught them and got to the end zone.”

For Farris, those five touchdowns also rank as a career mark. The senior broke the record of three touchdowns held by Jimmy Huddleston (1981) and Cory Phillips (2012).

“My uncle told me before the game that if I didn’t get two touchdowns, that he wasn’t coming back,” Farris said with a laugh. “I told him I’d get three. I went a little over that.

“I couldn’t have done it without Ethan Jeffers. On three of them, the only reason that I scored was because Corey Phillips and Brandon Long (got the blocks) for me.”

For head coach Justin Price, it’s been all about the work ethic that Farris puts in.

“We talk about winning the day,” Price said. “Everyday, he’s coming in looking at how he can make himself a better football player. It’s translated tremendously on the football field…they didn’t have an answer for him.”

The freshman kicker also added his name to the Campbell County record books. A week after getting a kick blocked by Powell for a touchdown, Rosas bounces back to put his name in the books three times.

“I had confidence in him going against Powell,” Price said. “We knew he had the leg, but it was just if we could get the protection. Gustavo’s worked hard, and he’s had some rough times throughout the year. You kind of see it, him being young, that the mental part of it is beginning relax a little bit.”

Against Halls, Rosas tied school records in the most extra points made (six) and most points by a kicker in a game (six), which were both held by Blake Potter (2008) from the Sevier County game.

He also broke record for most extra point attempts (six), which was held by Troy King (1981) and Potter (2008) by attempting seven.

“Nobody really knows it, but that kid’s got a bunch of potential,” Jeffers said. “He comes into practice and kicks field goals that I’ve never seen people in high school kick. He just showed what he’s got last week.”

“Coach (Bob) Gentry invests a lot of time into Gustavo,” Price said. “In practice, he’s got a leg on him. He’s going to be a very special kicker around here for a long time.”