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Cougars stay unbeaten, tops Panhandle rival Musselman

October 01, 2005|By MARK KELLER

By MARK KELLER

keller@herald-mail.com

INWOOD, W.Va.

As Jefferson running back Ryland Newman turned the corner, a sea of green jerseys worn by Musselman defenders parted and revealed ... more green.

This, though, was the green that Newman was looking for: Open field. Wide open field.

Without hesitation, Newman hit the hole and turned on the jets, zipping through the Applemen for a 73-yard touchdown run.

And that was just the first play of the game. Newman ran for 191 yards and four touchdowns Friday night as the No. 1 Cougars beat Musselman 35-14 in a Cumberland Valley Athletic League game at Waldeck Field.

"I like to follow my blockers and I saw an open hole and cut back. I saw nothing but green," Newman said of his first scoring dash. "I just thought in my mind to turn on the wheels, not let anyone catch me."

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There was little secret what the game plan was for the Cougars:

Run, run, run.

"Our game plan is always to run if we can," Jefferson coach Richard Mills said. "The thing is we have two good wide receivers that suffer, especially if we're successful."

Suffice it to say that the Cougars (6-0, 2-0) were successful running the ball Friday night.

Jefferson ran 47 plays from scrimmage; 43 of those were on the ground. The Cougars rolled up 377 rushing yards against the Applemen.

Bo Boutcher, who normally splits time at slot back, took advantage of an increase in playing time by gaining 82 yards on the ground for the Cougars.

Boutcher saw the field more as Jonathan Hash sat Friday while nursing injuries.

Boutcher's play simply gives Mills and the Cougars one more option in an already loaded offense.

"Any time you can get another with some speed to handle the ball, that's a good thing," Mills said.

The Cougars looked ready to put the game away early. Newman scored twice in the first quarter and Josh Brown flashed his speed on a 30-yard reverse for a touchdown with 4 minutes gone in the second quarter to give Jefferson an 18-0 lead.

The Applemen (2-4, 0-2) got on the board with 5:43 left in the first half as quarterback Ethan French ran a perfectly executed bootleg for a 6-yard touchdown.

After Newman's third touchdown gave the Cougars an 25-7 lead, the Applemen put together another drive, culminating in a 3-yard touchdown run by Lionel Royer on fourth-and-1 with 39 seconds remaining in the half.

Musselman, trailing 25-14, had the ball to start the second half and again moved the ball down the field on the Cougars. But the drive stalled at the Jefferson 23, and Cory Smith's 40-yard field goal sailed wide right.

Instead of cutting the deficit to 8, the Applemen soon found themselves down by 18 as Newman, Boutcher and company took nine plays to go 80 yards, capped by Newman's fourth touchdown of the night.

"We gave two possessions away in the first half where we were not able to counter their scores," Musselman coach Denny Price said. "If you're going to try to shorten the game and use the clock, you have to finish your drives. Coming close doesn't help."

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