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Cougars left kicking themselves against Urbana

September 21, 2007|By JOHN O'BRIEN / Staff Correspondent

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Kevin Wilkes seemed to experience some memory loss on one of his more memorable nights as Urbana's running back.

"He's dinged in the head a little bit," Urbana coach Joe Polce joked after watching Wilkes score the Hawks' only two touchdowns in a 13-12 win over Jefferson on Thursday.

Wilkes can only remember running a certain off-tackle play three times - scoring a touchdown twice and slipping once. Polce said the real count was around 12.

"He might be trying to recover from getting hit by 51 (Martinsburg's Scott Stump) last week."

Wilkes and the Hawks (2-1) rebounded from a loss last week to the Bulldogs by taking advantage of Jefferson's kicking-game struggles. El Hosby missed two potential game-winning field goals in the fourth quarter, as well as a second-quarter extra point.

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"It's a tough loss," Jefferson coach Richard Mills said. "I thought the kids played extremely well, outside of two big plays. ... Our extra points and field goals are, really, more than suspect."

Wilkes scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 43-yard run with 10:09 left. His first touchdown was a 44-yarder on Urbana's first offensive play from scrimmage, giving the Hawks a 7-0 lead 1:51 into the game. Wilkes rushed 24 times for 130 yards.

Jefferson struggled to get going offensively, gaining only seven yards during four first-quarter possessions - all three-and-outs.

In the second quarter, a 17-yard Dewey McDonald run and an 18-yard pass from Brandon Hyler to Marquise Jones set up Tyler Hester's 2-yard TD run with 8:49 left. Hosby's extra-point try missed right.

In the third, Hyler hit Cody Rolin for an 8-yard touchdown pass three plays after McDonald, who rushed 25 times for 87 yards, took a toss to the right for 26 yards.

The Cougars, leading 12-7, attempted a fake field goal - a pass-run option after a direct snap to the kicker - for the two-point conversion, but the snap was high and the pass fell incomplete.

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