SouthWest Edgecombe has struggled on offense the past two weeks. Friday night was just another repeat performance from the Washington game two weeks ago where the Cougars could nothing going on offense.
The Farmville Central Jaguars took advantage of the Cougars mistakes early on and took a 21-7 lead in the first half that remained that way as they beat the Cougars in Eastern Plains Conference action. The loss moves the Cougars to the cellar in the conference standings.
"We played much better in the second half," Cougars coach Jonathan Cobb said. "They jumped on us early in the first quarter and we were never able to regain that momentum. They were strong up front and well coached."
SouthWest (4-5, 1-2) gained 199 total yards, with 137 coming on the ground, but a fumble became a crucial part that came back to haunt them.
Farmville Central took an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter and added the third score in the second quarter before the Cougars could get on the board.
SouthWest was 3 for 9 on third down conversions and 0 for 2 on fourth down attempts. They also threw four interceptions.
Quay Wooten was 6 for 16 passing for 81 yards and throwing three picks, while Quantellas Norwood was 1 for 3 passing for 16 yards and throwing a pick.
Marcus Williams rushed for 57 yards on seven touches and scored the lone Cougar touchdown. Wooten chipped in 60 yards on eight carries. Fabrion Bandy has two receptions for 40 yards and Barry Smith added 32 yards in the air.
Cobb said his team has a lot of work to do this week to get themselves ready for North Johnston Friday.
"As disappointed as we are, we have to dig down deep and find a way to come back fighting," Cobb said.