It was a case of too much Xavier Davis for the Simpson Academy Cougars last Friday night at Lloyd S. Jones Field.
The highly recruited Hartfield Academy Hawks running back scored four touchdowns on the way to a resounding 56-14 Hartfield victory. The big, speedy junior and future Division 1 recruit was a one-man wrecking crew rambling through and around the Cougar defenders to gain 143 yards on nearly 9 yards per carry.
That’s not to say the plucky Cougars, now 2-3 on the year, didn’t show up to challenge their talented division foe, now 4-1 in 2020. After Hartfield took the lead with a long run by Cruz Garner on their first possession, the Cougars came back with their own score on a nifty 10-yard scamper by Carter Cockrell. That drive featured a balance of passing and running along with a long pass interference penalty on the Hawks that brought the Cougars to the 50 yard line. Unfortunately, after showing their determination to match drives with Hartfield, the Hawks, and Davis, were off to the races again with another late first quarter touchdown run to take the lead for good at 14-6.
Despite a flurry of Hartfield touchdowns, several Cougar stalwarts refused to give up, entertaining the packed house at SCA with inspiring plays. Efforts like receiver Mike Adcock’s key 25-yard catch in the second quarter to keep an important drive going. At the start of the second half Colby Womack swooped in for an impressive 12-yard sack of the Hawks quarterback. On the very next play the Cougars hit Davis hard in the backfield, ripping out the football with Andrew Smith recovering. The Cougars followed up the turnover with a Cockrell touchdown and two-point conversion to temporarily make a game of it at 28-14. The Hawks responded with four more unanswered touchdowns but the Cougars kept their heads up and competed until the final whistle. SCA’s Andrew Smith, who made some tough runs in the game, suffered a head injury in the second half and did not return after receiving attention from the Cougar medical staff.
A highlight of the entire evening, besides the beautiful cool weather, was the introduction of SCA’s State Championship boys basketball team and coaches at halftime. The appreciative Cougar faithful gave the team a rollicking ovation as they hoisted their multiple trophies and posed for pictures.