The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

September 9, 2013

Cougars beat Rams 28-7 despite seven penalties

By VAN HOLLAND
Sports Correspondent

TARBORO — SouthWest Edgecombe fullback Devontrell Hyman had another big game for the Cougars Friday night against the Greene Central Rams. He rushed for 152 yards on 20 carries and scored a touchdown in the Cougars 28-7 victory.

Cougar sophomore running back Marcus Williams added a TD and gained 91 yards on just four touches, while Barry Smith added a TD. Smith also had 63 yards on the ground on 10 carries.

SouthWest (2-1) dominated the game in the first half. They led 7-0 after one quarter and in the second quarter they went to work and put up 19 points to take a 26-0 lead at halftime.

The second half wasn't one that made coach Jonathan Cobb a happy camper. His team was called for seven holding penalties, which negated three TD's and stalled all three drives inside the Rams' 20-yard line. SouthWest was able to gain 380 yards of total offense despite the penalties.

"I am glad we won, but I'm not pleased with the 115 yards of penalties that we were called for," Cobb said. "We were very undisciplined in the second half and couldn't put the game away."

The Rams scored their lone TD in the third quarter, but the Cougars got two of those seven points back on a safety.

The Cougars defense was big, because they held the Rams to just 126 yards of total offense and allowed just five first-downs.

"We must focus on being a selfless and disciplined football team if we expect to compete in big-tim games," Cobb said. "I'm proud of our defense, because they held Greene Central to just five first-downs. We tackled well, which has been a point of emphasis for us this year."

Cobb and his Cougars will now prepare for county rival the Tarboro Vikings. The two teams will face off Friday in Pinetops. This year's contest will be a non-conference affair and is the first time the two have met this early in the season in quite some time.