On October 7th, the Clark freshman traveled to Jay high school to take on the John Jay Mustangs and came away with a win and a loss. The A team managed to come out on top in a barn-burner that came down to the wire. Jay opened up the scoring early on a long run around the left side of the Cougar defense, and after a failed extra point, led 6-0 with 7:18 left in the first quarter. The Cougars responded, moving the ball well, but the drive stalled on the Jay two yard line. Josh Cervantez came up big on Jay’s next possession, intercepting a Jay pass to put the ball back in the hands of the offense. The offense took advantage of the opportunity on a 10 yard run by Cougar quarterback Heintzelman, but the extra point attempt failed, tying the score at 6-6 in the second quarter. Eric Wente was the next Cougar to find the end-zone, with seconds left in the first half, and with a successful two-point conversion, the Cougars led 14-6. The Cougars scored their third straight touchdown early in the third quarter, and with the extra point, Clark led 21-6. The Mustangs responded with a score of their own, getting behind the Cougar secondary for a long touchdown followed by a successful two-point conversion, and the Mustangs were within a touchdown, 21-14 with 3:47 left in the third quarter. Jay brought the game within a point after intercepting the Cougars, and finding a receiver open in the Cougars secondary once again. The two-point conversion failed, and the score stood 21-20 with 2:17 left in the third quarter. Late in the fourth quarter, the Cougars appeared to put the game away scoring with 1:34 left in the game to take a 27-20 lead. The point-after attempt failed, but Jay was flagged for being off-sides, and the ball was moved to the one and a half yard line. The Cougars tried a quarterback sneak to put the game out of reach with a nine point lead, but the conversion was stopped short. The Mustangs got the ball with a little over a minute remaining, and on a double pass, once again found a receiver open in the defensive backfield, and Jay scored with 57 seconds remaining in the game, setting the score at 27-26. Jay elected to go for the win and attempt the two-point conversion, but the Cougar defense came up big when it mattered and stuffed the attempt, and the score remained 27-26 in favor of the Cougars. The Cougars received the kickoff, and knelt the ball to seal the victory, moving their record to 5-2 and 2-0 in district.
The Cougar B team didn’t fair as well, losing another close game in the final minutes 14-12. The Cougars drew first blood when quarterback Arguello ran the ball in for a touchdown three minutes into the game. Clark couldn’t convert, and it was 6-0 Cougars. Jay took their first possession in for a touchdown as well, and ate up a lot of clock in the process when they ran the ball in with 5:45 remaining in the half. The Mustangs failed to convert, and the score remained tied at 6-6. The Cougars next drive ended when time expired on the clock for the half. Jay received the kickoff after halftime, and managed a second touchdown after a drive that took the entire third quarter, and ended in eight points for the Mustangs after the two point conversion, and they led 14-6 with 6:18 left in the game. Not to be outdone, the Cougars came fighting back, and once again Arguello found the endzone with a little over two minutes remaining in the game. The Cougar offense fought hard, but couldn’t convert, and were set to kickoff to Jay, down 14-12. Clark was unable to recover their onside kick, and Jay took possession and quickly ran out the clock. With the loss the B team moves to 4-3, and 0-2 in district.
Clark will host the Warren Warriors on Thursday, October 20th. The A team game will begin at 4:30 pm, and the B team game will kick off after the conclusion of the first game. Please come support our young Cougars this Thursday.