Cougars Football Fights Through Adversity and Defeats Stockdale

Junior Jason Hunt makes a run in the third quarter before being sidelined due to a high ankle sprain.

Junior Jason Hunt makes a run in the third quarter before being sidelined due to a high ankle sprain.

Junior Jason Hunt makes a run in the third quarter before being sidelined due to a high ankle sprain.

Justin Lowery, Reporter

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The Cougars will travel to Bakersfield this Friday to take on the Centennial Golden Hawks (1-2) in their last non-conference game before taking on Tri-River Athletic Conference opponent Clovis East on October 6.

Clovis won its second game in a row after edging the Stockdale Mustangs, 17-14 at last Friday night’s Homecoming.

Stockdale looked to spoil the festivities by taking an early lead, but junior quarterback Jake Sanders and senior linebacker Jack Wiggins took matters into their own hands.

Clovis had taken a 17-14 lead late in the fourth quarter when third-string quarterback Sanders was thrust into the game and responded with a 29-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Mickey Machado.

Sanders claimed the play was like a dream and said, “I just couldn’t believe it.”

With just minutes left on the clock and a 17-14 lead to protect, stopping Stockdale was all up to the Cougars’ defense, known as the “Blue Flu,” to seal the victory.

Senior linebacker Jack Wiggins said, “The offense held their own, I had to go do my part.”

Wiggins would do exactly that.

On their last drive of the fourth quarter, the Mustangs marched down the field, lead by quarterback Jalen Smith.

The game’s outcome all came down to one final play for the Mustangs on fourth and goal. Stockdale passed on a game-tying field goal and instead went for the win.

Smith heaved a pass into the end zone, but the pass was broken up by linebacker Jack Wiggins, and the ball fell into the arms of senior cornerback Nick Delgado for the interception.

CHS improved to 3-1 on the season after previously defeating the Bullard Knights 17-13 in the second non-conference game of the season on September 8 at McLane Stadium.

The team entered last Friday’s game with high spirits, looking to put another “W” in the win column.

The Mustangs, however, took a quick 7-0 lead after a 6-yard touchdown run by junior defensive back Kilyn Davis on their first possession.

The Cougars answered the score later in the first quarter when senior running back Cole Roberts mad-dashed 70-yards to the end zone, making the score 7-7.

After the Cougars turned the ball over on a fumble, the Mustangs took advantage with a 12-play drive that ended in a 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Nick Maiden.

The Cougars went into halftime losing by a score of 14-7.

After the Homecoming halftime  festivities, the Cougars returned to the field with a newfound feeling of resilience.

A field goal by senior kicker Corey Arcelus in the third quarter cut the Mustang’s lead to 14-10.

Sanders and the Clovis offense responded with a deep passing touchdown to take the lead.

Delgado praised his fellow teammates, saying, “It was a team effort.”

The Cougars displayed perseverance after overcoming a first-half deficit along with numerous injuries, most notably to junior starting quarterback Jason Hunt and senior starting running back Cole Roberts.

Head coach Rich Hammond said, “I’m really proud of how our guys played through adversity, guys get hurt and other people have to step up and play.”


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Cougars Football Fights Through Adversity and Defeats Stockdale