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The South Brunswick Cougars went into the football game Friday night at Laney on a two-game winning streak, with a defense that hadn’t given up a touchdown, with high hopes of pulling off a major upset and silencing any critics who believed their undersized roster would be a downfall to their season.
The Cougars had defensively handled their first two opponents and used the legs of running backs Gary Williams and Greg Burton-White to stuff the ball into the end zone, but on Friday night South faced a highly talented 4A Laney Buccaneer team that was also undefeated and had outscored its opponents 107-14—and Laney again prevailed, winning 54-13.
The first three drives were a telltale sign of what was in store for South Brunswick. With Laney in deep South Brunswick territory, Cougar defensive back Justin Hill forced a fumble, which was recovered by Laney lineman Larry Williams, who staggered into the end zone for the Laney touchdown. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful due to Williams’ stuffing Laney quarterback Michael Sheehan yards from the goal line.
Williams proved to be a bright spot for the Cougars on the night, even though offensively Laney held him to 40 yards on seven carries, which was unlike what he did in the Cougars’ previous two games (with 323 yards rushing). However, he was able somewhat to contain Laney standout wide receiver Tevin Clay to seven receptions for 91 yards and one 2-yard touchdown reception.
On the Cougars’ opening play, Laney picked off quarterback NeJuann Watts’ first pass. The Buccaneers marched down to the 1-yard line, where Sheehan scampered into the end zone. With the PAT, Laney was ahead 13-0.
The next South possession started off a little more promising. It began on the South 32 and the Cougars used 6 minutes on the drive, with Burton-White doing most of the running. Watts completed three-of-four passes for 18 yards. He also was helped by pass interference on a third-and-6. The drive came to a sudden stop when, on third-and- 1, the Cougars decided to pass instead of run and Watts was intercepted on the 5-yard line.
Laney built a 27-0 lead before the Cougars were able to get onto the board with a 41-yard pass from Watts to Hill with 8:17 left in the half.
For the game, Watts completed 13-of-23 passes for 168 yards, two interceptions and one touchdown. Hill led the Cougars in receiving with seven receptions for 119 yards and one touchdown. He also blocked a PAT. Burton-White led the Cougars in rushing with 42 yards on 13 carries.
The second half was a mirror image of the first with four Laney touchdowns to South’s one. Laney was able to reach the half-century mark for the third time this season. The one touchdown for South came with 3:29 to play on an 8-yard run by fullback Brandon Ray.
This week South will travel to North Myrtle Beach to face the 0-3 Chiefs and Laney will travel to West Brunswick.