How does a football team score eight touchdowns for 48 points, have possibly a record setting passing night and still lose? The answer is six turnovers and no successful conversions after those eight TDs. Well, that and giving up 51 points to the opponent.
The Weed Cougars started their varsity Homecoming game with a bang, pasting 18 points on the board in the first eight and a half minutes. Weed led 24-7 at the end of the first quarter, but then gave up 17 straight points to the U-Prep Panthers, to go into halftime tied 24-24.
The Cougars started the second half the way they started the game–dominating U-Prep. Three unanswered TDs gave Weed a 42-24 edge with a minute and half to play in the third quarter. The Panthers put up six points right before the end of the quarter, but The Cougars responded with six of their own 15 seconds into the final frame, to lead 48-30. The next 21 points, however, belonged to the Panthers for a 51-48 U-Prep win.
At times, Weed’s defense showed up in a big way. U-Prep started the first drive of the game at its 18, and went backwards. Facing fourth and 11 at the 17-yard-line, the Panthers went with a fake punt (Yes really). That didn’t work out so well, and the Cougars offense trotted on to the field with the ball at the U-Prep 25. A Panther penalty gifted Weed five yards. On the first play from scrimmage, Thairen Sivongsa tossed to Ss’ven Walker for a TD. The PAT was blocked, but Weed led 6-0 with 10:25 on the clock.
The Sivongsa to Walker play was the first in a spectacular night for both players. Unofficially, Walker would wind up with 292 yards receiving and five TDs. Sivongsa threw five TD passes and totaled 305 yards passing. The dynamic duo weren’t the only ones to get in on the aerial attack. Kobe Lonnon also threw for a TD, and caught a TD pass.
U-Prep drove deep into Weed territory on its second possession, but the Panthers’ field goal attempt was blocked. The Cougars took over on their own 25. Seven plays later, Sivongsa and Walker had TD number-two on a 47-yard strike. The 2-point conversion failed, leaving Weed with a 12-0 lead at 3:33.
The Cougars went with an onside kick and recovered at midfield. On the first play, Sivongsa tossed to Lonnon who launched a pass to Walker who had time to run to Subway for a sandwich, catch the ball and sprint into the end zone for a 50-yard TD play, 18-0. For the second time, the PAT was blocked. (more…)
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