The Madison County High School Cowboys (4-2) fell short of a victory on the road Friday night against the Pace High School Patriots (2-3) with a final score 58-37.
Akevious Williams led the way in rushing with 130 yards and one touchdown in 15 attempts, averaging 8.7 yards per carry. Sharrod Jones gained 41 yards and one touchdown on the ground in two attempts, averaging 20.5 yards per carry. Eric Bright also scored a rushing touchdown and gained 24 yards in 11 attempts.
Williams also accumulated 301 passing yards (13 completions in 24 attempts) and two touchdowns.
Jones notched 135 yards and one touchdown in receiving in four receptions, averaging 33.8 yards per reception. Javon Redding also had a receiving touchdown, 92 yards in five receptions, an average of 18.4 yards.
Overall, the Cowboys earned 575 yards of offense, averaging 8.5 yards per play.
“In football, a majority of the time it comes down to what you do and not what your opponent does,” said Head Coach Mike Coe. “In the second half versus Pace, we made critical errors in the kicking game and in our fits on defense and paid the price for it.”
Coe said he is very proud of his team’s efforts against the Patriots.
“I’m proud of the effort our kids played with and how they played through the final horn,” he said. “We are beat up and missing a bunch of key players, especially on defense, but like I told our guys all week, that’s part of football and we need some young guys to step up. All we can do now is learn from our mistakes and correct it this week in practice.”
For the Players of the Week, Akevious Williams was recognized on offense; Shaun Davis on defense; and Zack Sprenkle on special teams.
Off the field, Coe said he is very proud of his athletes for excelling in the classroom.
“Most fans just see the game on Friday and don’t get the pleasure of seeing the grades our guys are making, and the emails I get from teachers about how well a kid is doing in class or how proud their teacher is, because of how hard he is working in class,” Coe said.
The Cowboys will prepare this week to take on their rival, the Taylor County High School Bulldogs (2-3), at home on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
“The absolute biggest game of our season is this Friday with Taylor County coming to town and we have to play like we are capable of playing and quit making mistakes with our eyes. Football is all about what you see and then carrying out your assignment based on that,” Coe said. “Trusting what you see and executing! We have great young men and there isn’t any panic, they’ll work hard this week and bounce back Friday. We need to pack out Boot Hill and support these young men, cheerleaders and the band.”