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September 3, 2013

Hyman, Cougars run over Warriors

SWE 54, North Edgecombe 14

PINETOPS — PINETOPS – SouthWest Edgecombe did almost everything to perfection Friday in the first half to help earn their coach Jonathan Cobb his first varsity victory.

Cobb's offense pounded out 401 yards of total offense and scored five touchdowns in their first five possessions. They defeated Keith Parisher and his North Edgecombe Warriors 54-14.

"It feels good to get that first win," Cobb said. "I am pleased with the victory, but we are not where we need to be right now though. We still have a lot to work on."

The game got out of hand quick. It was all because of Cougars' fullback Devontrell Hyman. In just 85 seconds of offensive action for the Cougars, the stocky and strong fullback had scored three touchdowns and had gained 96 yards on the ground and 14 in the air. That had given the Cougars a 20-0 lead.

Hyman gained nine yards on his first carry of game. The next carry, he broke out towards the Warriors' sideline and rambled 32-yards after breaking a tackle for the score. On the Cougars ensuing possession, Hyman hit it for 55-yards and scored his second TD of the game in just a 60 second span.

The Cougars recovered the ensuing kickoff after the ball bounced off a Warriors' leg. Two plays later, Hyman caught a TD pass from Cougar quarterback Quay Wooten for 14-yards.

"It feels good to come out and start a game like that," Hyman said. "Everyone did their job and stayed aggressive. We just need to keep playing like this and stay at this level."

On the Cougars fourth possession, Barry Smith got into the act and scored on a 30-yard run to give the Cougars a 26-0 lead.

Hyman did it one more time on his next touch. He sprinted 63-yards for his fourth score of the game and gave the Cougars a 33-0 lead.

Wooten connected for his second TD pass of the half when he hit Katrell Whitehead on a 19-yard pass with 28 seconds left before halftime. SouthWest led 40-0 at the half.

"Our theme of the week was do your job with no excuses," Cobb said. "We have to get into the film room and take personal responsibilities for all of our mistakes in this game...as well as our successes."

Parisher had talked to his team all week about stopping Hyman. He emphasized that they had to tackle him below the waist if they wanted to bring him down. On two of Hyman's TD runs, it didn't matter where they grabbed him, because he used a stiff arm and forced the Warrior defenders off of him. He physically ran over one of the them on his first TD run.

"You can't tackle No. 5 (Hyman) up high," Parisher said. "He is to good of a back to be brought down easy. You have to tackle players like that down low."

Parisher talked with his team at halftime and told them not to give up. They responded to his request and put together a six play, 67-yard drive. The Warriors  capped it off with an Antwoine Pittman 1-yard run. Pittman added another TD run from 8-yards out later in the game.

"Antwoine is going to run the ball hard for us every time he touches it," Parisher said. "I have told him that he is going to have to be patient because our opponents are going to be keying in on him. I told him to be satisfied with his three-yards a carry and then he will break one big like he did in the second half."

The Cougars defense held the Warriors to just 228 yards of offense, but Cobb was still displeased with some of the things he saw on the field. He still had lineman getting blown of the ball and that has been a growing concern for him the first two weeks of the season.

"Obviously we still have a lot of growing to do," Cobb said. "We still are having lineman to get blown off the ball. We still have some things to correct, because we are not at the point I want us to be at."

Pittman led the Warriors with 111 yards rushing on 10 carries, while Jarius Collins rushed for 43 yards on nine touches.

"We are still young," Parisher said. "We are going to have to learn to grow up."

Parisher was pleased with his team's effort, because they came out in the second half and adjusted and played through adversity. Parisher saw somethings he liked and disliked.

"We have to work on our defense," Parisher said. "We are working on it and are still moving people around. Hopefully we can get it right before to long."

The thing that Parisher liked the most, was his team didn't give up. He wants his team to stay aggressive and be patient.

SouthWest will host Greene Central Friday and North Edgecombe has the week off.

 

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