Cowan leads Leonard over Como-Pickton

By JOSEPH ELERSON, News-Telegram Correspondent

Sept. 14, 2008- LEONARD — Como-Pickton wrapped up their pre-district schedule with a tough 32-12 loss to the Leonard Tigers during homecoming Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

The Eagles (1-2) allowed 376 yards of total offense to Leonard and gave up touchdowns runs of 72, 49 and 75 yards to junior dual-threat quarterback Will Cowan and a 40 yard score by Jake Buchanan in the fourth quarter.

Second-year coach Paul Tullis said Cowan was one of the players the team was working on all week long and his 208 yards rushing proved to be the difference.

�I think he was probably the best player on the field for them,� Tullis said. �I thought we had him on defense a couple of times but he was able to slip through some tackles and we let him get out and run.�

CPHS has two weeks to get over their loss to the Tigers as they welcome new district rival in the Cooper Bulldogs to Ron Heflin Field Sept. 26 for homecoming. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Tullis said the Eagles must improve on their defense during the bye week if they hope to have a successful district run this season.

�We got to get a lot mentally tougher on defense and we have to see who wants to play their role on this team,� he said. �Once everyone can do that like when you put together a puzzle and everyone knows their role then we will not be successful on defense.�

�We are going to work on eliminating mistakes, becoming a tougher football team and doing what we are coached to do.�

On the opening drive of the game, the Tigers (3-0) marched down the field in six plays Colton Greener had a 51-yard scamper on second down and 15 from their own 32-yard line to get them to the Eagles 17 yard line.

Landon Page punched in the touchdown with a four-yard run around the right side of the line for the 7-0 lead with 10:13 remaining in the first quarter. Jeff Barry booted the PAT good.

After a long CPHS drive ended with a turnover on downs, Cowan broke free on his first touchdown run of 72 yards down the Como-Pickton sideline for the 13-0 lead.

The Eagles had a chance to score on their opening drive of the second quarter, but once again turned the ball over on downs as senior quarterback Austin Darby missed a pass on fourth-and-7 from the Tigers 15-yard line.

C—P’s defense then held the Tigers deep in their own territory as Tigers punter Barry punted the ball to the Como-Pickton 30-yard as the Eagles had their best field position of the first half.

The Eagles needed only seven plays to cut the deficit to 13-6 on a two-yard quarterback sneak by Darby with 57 seconds remaining in the first half. The key play of the drive came on fourth-and-5 from the Tigers’ 25-yard line as Darby found Spencer Boyd down the center of the field for a 16-yard reception.

Leonard then extended the lead to 20-6 at the half as Cowan found Tevien Daniels down the center of the field for a 42-yard reception but CPHS was called for a facemask with no time remaining on the clock.

Cowan then found Daniels in the back of the end zone for the two-yard touchdown catch as Barry nailed the extra-point.

After a scoreless third quarter for both teams, the Eagles were the first to crack the scoreboard in the second half as Corey Gibson had a five-yard run to cut the deficit to 20-12 with 11:06 remaining in the game. The Eagles were unable to convert the two-point conversion.

Cowan then scored his second rushing touchdown of the game as the Tigers went 52-yards in three plays as Cowan scored from 49-yards out with 10:13 remaining.

Following an interception of the Eagles’ next possession, Cowan then wrapped up his three touchdown night with a 75 yard touchdown and then back-up quarterback Jake Burchanan scored from 40-yards out for the 39-12 finale.

�I thought we played pretty well offensively but we could not get the ball in the end zone,� Tullis said. �The same things as always happened with mistakes and we need to find a way to cut down on the mistakes. We need to find players that will play mistake free football or we are not going to have much success.�

CPHS ended with 295 yards of total offense and were led by Gibson with 10 carries for 50 yards and one touchdown rushing and he also had five catches for 71 yards. Back-up running back Angel Mercado also had a good game for the Eagles as he finished with seven carries for 43 yards.

�Angel and Corey Gibson are both excellent players and they are going to get a lot more playing time,� the coach said.

Darby had his best passing game of the season as he went 8-of-18 for 107 yards and one interception. He also had eight carries for 32 yards.

In the other non-district contest, Caddo Mills shut out Quinlan Ford 34-0, Mineola defeated Grand Saline 28-7, Mount Vernon blanked Cooper 40-0 and Simms Bowie shut out Alba-Golden 28-0. Frankston defeated Quitman 20-7 while Lone Oak edged Godley 14-7 and Winnsboro was idle.

Leonard 39, Como-Pickton 12

Score by Quarters

CPHS    0    6    0    6    —12

LHS    13    7    0    19    —39

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

LHS—Landon Page 4 run (Jeff Barry kick good) 10:13

LHS—Will Cowan 72 run (kick failed) 4:25

Second Quarter

CP—Austin Darby 2 run (kick blocked) :57

LHS—Tevien Daniels 2 from Will Cowan (Barry kick good) :00

Fourth Quarter

CP—Corey Gibson 5 run (run failed) 11:06

LHS—Cowan 49 run (kick failed) 10:13

LHS—Cowan 75 run (kick failed) 6:22

LHS—Jake Buchanan 40 run (Barry kick good) 3:07

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First Downs    16           8

Rushing-Yds.    52-188   16-325

Passing-Yds.    107        51

Comp-Att-Int    8-19-1   5-12-0

Punts-Avg.       1-33.0    3-34.7

Fumbles-Lost    1-0        1-0   

Penalties-Yds. 6-31        10-85

Individual Statistics

Rushing—CPHS: Corey Gibson 10-50, Angel Mercado 7-43, Brandt Steele 10-36, Spencer Boyd 13-33, Austin Darby 8-32. LHS: Will Cowan 5-208-3, Colton Greener 3-65, Jake Buchanan 2-39-1, Landon Page 1-4-1, Tevien Daniels 1-3, Jared Divoney 1-1.

Passing—CPHS: Austin Darby 8-18-107-1 INT, Jeff Hendricks 0-1. LHS: Will Cowan 5-12-51-1 TD.

Receiving—CPHS: Corey Gibson 5-71, Spencer Boyd 1-16, Phillip Cox 1-13, Brandt Steele 1-7. LHS: Daniels 2-44-1, Buchanan 1-5, Greener 1-5, Jeff Shipley 1-(-3).

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