Cougars lose fifth straight

Ron Borges
Jake West tries to get away from a Fall River defender.

The Weed High football team lost its fifth straight and league opener to the Fall River Bulldogs, 54-6. 

The Cougars were hoping to go in and ruin the Bulldogs’ homecoming, but it was Fall River that had the big night.    

“We ran into a good football team,” said assistant coach Bob West. “We are inexperienced and they capitalized on that.”

Weed was playing without head coach Steve Neel, who was serving his one game suspension for getting kicked out of the Bonanza game.  JV coach Erik Johnson replaced Neel as the defensive coordinator for this game.   

Weed’s only score came early in the second quarter.  After a Robert Aquila interception, the Cougars marched down the field thanks to the running of  Brandon Ede and Travis Andrew.

The Cougars converted a fourth and one on a quarterback sneak by Jake West. He then threw a nine pass to Ede for the score. West ended the game 6 of 14 for 61 yards and a touchdown. 

Weed found itself to be its own worse enemy, either giving up big plays, getting penalties or turning the ball over.

“We moved the ball alright, except for the turnovers,” Coach West said.   

Fall River scored on four of five first half possessions, giving them the 32-6 lead at the half. Twice the Cougars fumbled inside of their own 20 yard line. 

The defense had a tough time contained the running game of the Bulldog. Four of their scores came off yard runs of 50 plus yards and a pass off over 50 yards.

“We need to go back to basics and fundamentals, like tackling,” Coach West said. 

In the second half, the coaches decided to go to a running clock to stop Fall River from running up the score any more. It didn’t stop them, though, as they got into the end zone twice more on a nine and 62 yard runs.

Weed got banged up. Ede hurt his ankle, but did go back into the game during the fourth quarter. West’s shoulder was still feeling the effects of the Bonanza game.

Ede led the Cougars in rushing with 69 yards on 17 carries.  Andrews followed behind with 45 yards on nine carries.

Robert West led the team in receiving with 27 yards on two receptions. Robert Aquila caught three balls for 25 yards.

The Cougars travel to Los Molinos in their next league challenge. Coach Neel will return for this game. Tye Andrews played against Fall River, but he may not in this game.