Cougars survive first-round scare

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

In what turned out to be the last game of his head-coaching career at Sweet Springs, Melvin Baker came up with a game plan, and it was almost good enough to pull off a monumental upset.

The Greyhounds controlled time of possession by bleeding the play clock every play, limiting top-seeded Crest Ridge's number of possessions.

But the Greyhounds never could dent the scoreboard, and a touchdown in the first quarter and one in the fourth quarter were enough for Chris Cavanah's Cougars to survive, 12-0.

Cavanah said Baker's game plan kept his team from getting into an offensive rhythm.

"All the credit goes to Sweet Springs for a great game plan," he said.

"They got us frustrated and away from the things we do."

The Cougars, who ran only 49 offensive plays, were limited to 198 yards of total offense, led by Justin Donald with 108 yards in 19 rushing attempts and one touchdown.

Ethan Matthews, who passed for only three yards and tossed an interception, rushed for 67 yards and the other score.

Jeffery Hall had 70 yards and Nathan Vogelsmeier 39 yards on the ground for SSHS.

The 9-1 Cougars will host 7-3 Sacred Heart of Sedaila, which ousted the Tipton Cardinals, 27-18, in the first round.

Although the Cougars are keenly aware that they were eliminated by Sacred Heart (35-28) last year, Cavanah said they will not get caught up in the revenge factor.

"The only thing these kids are focused on is winning and continuing to play football," he said.

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