With a brilliant full moon and an excited Homecoming home crowd in attendance at Lloyd S. Jones Field, the Simpson Academy Cougars blasted Winston Academy of Louisville 47-7 on Oct. 2.
The Patriots took the opening kickoff and failed to move the ball despite a pass interference penalty on the Cougars. When SCA’s Carter Cockrell came up short on a fourth-and-six on the Cougars’ first possession, it looked like a defensive battle might be in the offering. The amped up Cougars put that theory to bed on their next possession. A long Cockrell run highlighted a determined drive in which Andrew Smith eventually muscled in the score from Winston Academy’s 1-yard line. Jaden Wedgeworth’s kick made it 7-0 and the Cougars were off to the races.
When an inspired SCA offense got the football back after a strong defensive stand, they launched another long drive. This series featured a battering Smith first-down run and nifty Cockrell carries. An untimely Winston facemask penalty helped maintain the drive and appeared to be the only way the overmatched Patriots could corral the speedy Cougar running back. After a 2-yard Cockrell scamper, the scoreboard read 13-0 Cougars with seconds left in the first quarter.
The Patriots finally started to move the ball on their next possession with a long pass from quarterback Brylee Wall to receiver Johnson Wells. The senior Winston wideout and linebacker was a Patriot bright spot throughout the one-sided contest. SCA snuffed out the Patriots’ temporary momentum quickly, however, with great defensive stops and pressures by junior Colby Womack, sophomore Matthew Adcock and senior Andrew Smith. A huge hit on Wall by 150-pound Cougar defensive back Tyler Stanford stopped the drive dead in its tracks.
Stanford showcased his skill on the offensive side on the next Cougar drive, hauling in a 9-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Brentley Berry. That score followed a 70-yard winding gallop by Cockrell that left the hapless Patriot defenders lunging at his flying ankles. Stanford’s catch made it 20-0 Cougars after a successful Wedgeworth extra point and the rout was on.
Additional Cougar first-half touchdowns were hauled in from Berry by seniors Bryce Jensen and Caden Coulson. Stanford struck again, connecting with Berry on an impressive 16-yard reception after the Cougar quarterback rolled out rapidly to escape Patriot pressure. That made it 40-7 Cougars at halftime and the big SCA crowd settled in to cheer for the parade of Homecoming maids decked out in dazzling evening gowns on the arms of their tuxedo-clad escorts.
The only scoring in the second half was a scintillating dash through a tiny crease by Coby Womack. His 63-yard touchdown sprint put the final dagger through the Patriots’ comeback hopes. The rest of the second half was hastened by a running clock as both teams let their backups enjoy the Homecoming atmosphere and gain valuable experience. Final score on a memorable Simpson Academy homecoming evening – 47-7 Cougars.