The Pulaski County Cougars were back in the friendly confines of Kenneth Dobson Stadium on Friday night in Dublin to butt heads with a Richlands team that is a perennial state playoff contender. The Blue Tornados came in riding a 32 game regular season winning streak.
The shovel was in the ground this game because the Cougars came prepared to dig deep in this one. The Cougars were on top, by an early score when Malik Evans fielded the punt, and turned on the jets up the left sideline to the Tornadoes 37 yard line and a costly penalty gave the Cougars the ball on the 17. And they take advantage of the charity as Marcus Johnston gave to Marcus McClanahan and he rumbled in for a 17 yard TD. Cougars lead 14-0 at the half.
It was 14-3, with Richlands on the move as Gray Baker found Michael Horton in traffic for a 30 yard gain to set up a 1st and goal. On 3rd down, Baker connected with A.J. Johnson in the corner of the end zone for a Tornado TD to cut the lead to 4. But Tyler Ervine from Pulaski had something to say about that as he took the kickoff all the way back for a Cougar TD. Ervine kept the momentum with the home team. Pulaski bounced back with the 28 to 17 win.