Tahlequah Daily Press

November 5, 2012

Cougars beat up on Locust Grove

Special Writer

— LOCUST GROVE — The weather was perfect for the Keys Cougar's invasion of senior night at Locust Grove. And the Cougars kept on rolling after beating Jay last week, knock off Locust Grove, 52-24, on Friday night.

On the first drive, it seemed Keys would have a similar first half to last week's game. They drove down the field only to have penalties set them back, and ultimately ended with a punt. On the other side of the ball, Locust Gove looked to be in control, as junior Cameron McIntire started with a 22-yard run. He followed that with two more combined for another five yards, before penalties and an incomplete pass made it fourth down. Locust Grove would get a first down by faking a punt and running. But that is where the drive stalled for good.

On Keys' very next possession, senior tailback Cody Cole ran for a 45-yard touchdown. After the point-after attempt, Keys lead 7-0.

Locust Grove would take a one-point lead, 8-7, after a 13-play drive that saw big rushes, two timeouts by Locust Grove and a sack.

On Keys next drive, the Cole and Trevor Eubanks show continued as they combined for 48 yards rushing with single bursts from both. Cole had a 14-yard run and Eubanks a 23 yard run, but penalties once again stalled a drive for the Cougars. Keys even had a touchdown run called back for a block-in-the-back penalty. Keys had four penalties that held them to a 42-yard field goal to make the score 10-8 with Keys taking the lead.

On its ensuing drive, Locust Grove punted the ball, from their own 13-yard line. Keys got the ball at the Locust Grove 39-yard line, which made getting into the end zone look easy with the highlight of the drive being a 17-yard run by Eubanks.

Halfway through the first quarter Keys lead Locust Grove 17-8.

Locust Grove's next drive stalled as they failed to complete a fourth-down conversion, which handed the ball to Keys at the Locust Grove 22-yard line. Two plays later, Cole ran 22 yards for a touchdown. That gave Keys a 24-8 lead.

Shortly thereafter, Keys got the ball back. They started their next drive with a penalty that set them back 22 yards. But then Cole and Eubanks ran down the field again. Eubanks had a 40-yard run, that was followed by Cole's 13-yard run. That led to Eubanks running 24 yards to the end zone.

Keys led 31-8 at halftime.

"This game looked similar to the Jay game. We had a running back run for about 250 yards and our quarterback ran well tonight," said Keys coach Gary Willis.

Locust Grove began the second half with the ball. After they couldn't get anything going, Keys quarterback Eubanks ran 50 yards for another touchdown to make the score 38-8 in favor of the Cougars.

Locust Grove again struggled to move the ball giving Keys another shot at the end zone. The Cougars didn't waste it as Eubanks threw a 22-yard pass to receiver Tyler Blankenship before running the ball 14 yards for another touchdown, making Keys' lead 45-8.

Keys’ final touchdown of the night was a 10-yard run by Cole in the fourth quarter.

"Just a good group effort. You can always name the guys that scored, Cody Cole and Trevor Eubanks," said Willis. "They have nine other guys on the field blocking for them. Just a good effort on offense. I'm not incredibly pleased with the defense. But that was some crazy stuff you don't hardly ever see. You can't prepare for that kind of offense."

Up next for Keys is a first-round playoff matchup with Spiro at Cougar Stadium in Park Hill.