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RECORD WRECKERS

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Cougars alter 17 different records in 56-0 Halls win

By Chris Cannon

ccannon@lafollettepress.com

HALLS—Doing what hasn’t been done has become the norm for the Campbell County Cougars.
During the District 3-AAA game against Halls, the Cougars came away with 18 new records in the Campbell County record books.
Among the top of those, the Cougars received the No. 9 ranking by the Associated Press Top-10 Poll in Class 5A. The team also topped most poins scored and largest margin of victory in the record books.
“It’s huge,” head coach Justin Price said. “It shows the progress of our program. How our kids are handling success is the thing I’m most proud of. We’ve handled adversity well for the previous two years, and this year, our kids are handling success just as well. They’ve just got that look in their eyes, and they understand that we can continue to get better.”
Gustavo Rosas finally broke the extra-point record. The sophomore kicker broke a total of nine records last Friday night, while he still has a few more in pending.
His records included most extra points in a game, most extra-point attempts in a game, most points by a kicker and best extra-point percentage in a game.
The sophomore had tied the record for most makes in a game during last season’s 55-20 win over Halls, following up with the six again against Lynn Camp earlier this year.
See page 4B for a full rundown of the broken records.
“That was a big accomplishment,” Rosas said. “I was hoping to break this record this game. If not, it was going to be difficult. I was going to be disappointed, but finally, I broke it.
“I was really worried. Last year, I didn’t do that good, but this year, I’ve been doing good. I’ve only missed two extra points the entire season, and I hope I don’t miss anymore.”
Rosas also eclipsed the season makes, season attempts and is grasping the season percentage in extra points. On the year, Rosas is 31-of-33 for a 93.9 percent ranking.
“I never knew I was going to break it,” he said. “I didn’t know this was going to happen to me.
“Maybe, I’ll set the record for the next one. I’m going to keep trying harder and harder to go 100 percent next year.”
Ethan Jeffers also knocked off a game and season mark. The junior quarterback threw 27-of-29 for a 93.1 percent completion mark during the 56-0 win.
“Ethan, a couple games ago, his numbers were good, but he wasn’t playing his best ball mentally,” Price said. We knew tonight that Halls was going to stack the box and blitz to take away our running game. He was almost perfect tonight. You can’t argue with that.”
Jeffers’ six touchdowns on the night wasn’t a game records, but it did push his season total to 22.
Last season, the junior tied his mentor, Price, who threw 20 touchdowns during the 2000 season. Jeffers now has 22 with at least four games remaining on the schedule.
“It’s a huge night,” Jeffers said after the game. “To break a school record and do things that’s never been done, that’s one of the things that we wanted to do. I think we’ve definitely done that.”
This season, Jeffers has also broken the career records for yardage with 3,888 total passing yards (Price, 1998-2000, 3,121 yards) and total touchdowns with 42 (Price, 1998-2000, 30).
Joseph Elkins has been a major factor in Jeffers’ success. The junior receiver has snagged nine touchdowns this season to break Coach Josh James’ records of eight during the 2000 season as well.
Elkins has caught 24 passes for 512 yards to go along with his nine scores.
Preston Miller also set a record that will take some time to break. The junior returned an interception 103 yards for a touchdown, all the while as Andrew Evans was leading him.
“Whenever I caught it, the coach was on the sideline there,” Miller said. “I thought I was going to hit him and trip me. I just saw green. That’s all I wanted to see. I saw Andrew Evans blocking for me. I knew I had it when I saw him.”
The score breaks a Blake Potter’s 2008 record, when he returned a 97-yard interception against Powell.
“He’s come a long way,” Price said of Miller. “He wasn’t with us much in the offseason, so he’s everyday learning a little bit more. To see him come out tonight, that just plays into his confidence individually, which impacts our whole team. That’s what so great about our team right now.”
Campbell County will host Oak Ridge for a Class 5A top-10 showdown. Should the Cougars beat Oak Ridge, it would be the first time in the school’s history, as the Wildcats have won each of the previous 27 contests.