The JV Cougars moved to 4-0 with a 32-19 hard fought victory over the Mason Bulldogs. Mason drove the ball down the field with their first possession but consecutive passes fell incomplete on 3rd and 4th down and the Cougars now had their turn. A 46 yard Zach Gillespie pass was hauled in by Sam Edwards, followed by a strong 12 yard run by Charlie Nylander and an eventual 20 yd strike to Griffin Hotchkiss gave the Cougars their first lead.
The second quarter again saw the defense bend but not break returning the ball to Catholic. At the 8:34 mark, Edwards snatched a Gillespie pass and 34 yards later LC was up two TD’s. Mason turned back to the power run game after a long kickoff return and drove the ball down to the Cougar 2 yd line. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the ensuing snap was fumbled and LC took over. The Cougars subsequently went on a 98 yard drive of their own highlighted by a 25 yd Nylander run, a 30 yd Nate Biergans scamper, a key 3rd down 13 yd reception by Nathan Wilcox to keep the drive alive, a 28 yd catch by Edwards, and with 1:02 left in the half a 1yd plunge by Nylander for the TD to widen the gap to 20-0.
The second half initially appeared as if the Cougars would run away with the game. Gillespie and Edwards combined on a 60 yd pass play which was followed by a toe tapping 18 yard reception by Wilcox. Gillespie finished the drive with a 9 yard TD run and the gap widened to 26-0. The Bulldogs clearly identified a weapon of their own with several kick returns to set themselves up with good field position and this time they converted to make the score 26-7. Catholic answered with a short drive on consecutive 28 and 36 yard runs by Biergans and Gillespie making the score again 32-7.
Mason to their credit never quit and in fact scored the next two TD’s narrowing the lead to 32-19. With momentum clearly on the Bulldog side, the Cougars needed to put together a time consuming drive of their own. It appeared that task was accomplished until a fumbled snap from the 1yd line returned the ball to Mason. The Bulldogs were unable to advance the ball effectively though and eventually ran out of clock securing the 32-19 victory for Lansing Catholic.
The JV Cougars travel to Portland Sept 21st to battle the Raiders.
Matt Wilcox, DO