Cougars defeat White Station in spring game

Published 10:15 am Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Cougars defeat White Station in spring game

Jamarvis Echols carries five defenders with him as he tries to get extra yardage after a catch. The Cougars defeated the Spartans 28-14.
The Panolian photo by Ike House

By Ike House
North Panola has officially ended spring practice with a spring game against White Station Thursday. They capped off the night with a 28-14 victory over their opponent.
The Cougars started the scrimmage on defense where they held up until the sixth play of the drive when the Spartans began to break long runs on the Cougars’ defense. The Cougars offense gave up a touchdown on a 27 yard run.
Then it was the Cougars’ offense turn to see if they could match their counterpart and all it took was one play to put the ball in the end zone. They scored on a 64 yard run from Kenneth Jefferson.
That scored tied the game and gave the Cougars’ defense momentum. On the first play of the Spartan’s drive, first year player Zantavious Phillips, took an interception return to the house from the defensive end position.
After the Spartans went back on defense the Cougars gave up another touchdown. The Spartans went deep over the secondary to find a wide open receiver in the end zone for the score.
The Cougar offense would respond once more with another rushing touchdown from Clarence Taylor from 30 yards out to put the Cougars up 21-14. Then the defense showed the same flashes from last season with Sylvonta Oliver and Tyler Shorter breaking up several passes to put the offense back on the field.
That’s when the Cougars put up their final points of the night. Antoine Oliver scored from close range with a 10 yard carry. That score put the Cougars up 28-14. The Cougars walked out with a big win over a much bigger opponent.
Jefferson led the Cougars’ passing game going 7-16 for 105 yards with two interceptions. Jefferson also led the rushing attack with four carries for 81 yards and a touchdown.
Other rushers were Taylor with five carries for 75 yards and a touchdown; Antoine Oliver with three carries for 40 yards and a touchdown; Shorter with three carries for 18 yards; Quadarius Jones and Latraivious Jenkins both with a carry for 15 yards; Sylvonta Oliver with a carry for 14 yards; Alex Gross with a carry for six yards.

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