Cougars to face first District foe
For the second straight week, Nottoway scored first, but the varsity Cougars lost another close football game, 20-14, this time on the road Friday night at Gretna.
Nottoway dropped to 0-2 (0-0 James River District) and travels Friday to face district opponent Goochland, which beat Central of Lunenburg, 27-7, last Friday in Victoria.
Nottoway broke a scoreless tie in the 2nd quarter on a 39-yard TD run by senior RB Jordan Coles . Tariq Smithers booted the extra point.
Gretna’s defense scored by returning a Nottoway lateral from QB Cameron Reekes that got away from Coles at Nottoway’s own one-yard line. Gretna’s extra point was no good.
Moments later, still in the 2nd quarter, Gretna took the lead on a pass play, but the Hawks’ extra point again was no good. Gretna led 12-7.
The Cougars struck back on a 26-yard pass play from Reekes to junior WR Jordan Ellis . Smithers again booted the point after, and Nottoway led 14-12 at intermission.
Gretna tied the game at 14-14 with a Safety when Cougar RB Devonte Booth was tackled in the end zone. Nottoway had been pinned on its oneyard line after a Gretna punt.
Later, the Hawks scored again on a short run with six minutes left to take the lead, 20-14. Nottoway faced 4th and 10 with less than two minutes remaining. QB Reekes had left the game due to minor injury, and Coles threw what appeared to be a catchable ball to a wide open Nathan Mota , but the pass fell incomplete.
Coles , who was named Player of the Game by the Cougars’ coaching staff, finished with 105 yards on 15 carries with 1 TD. He also made 5 solo tackles, 2 assists, and one tackle for loss on defense.
Booth carried 19 times for 58 yards. QB Reekes ran 8 times for 55 yards, and was 2-for-3 passing for 43 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. Smithers had one reception for 17 yards.
Mota had 11 tackles (7 solo, 4 assists), Tyrone Brooks had 9 (7 solo), Jordan Hurte 7 (2 solo), William Drew 4 (3 solo) and 1 1/2 QB sacks. Daimon Wilson recorded four 4 tackles and a sack. Donnell Eppes made 4 stops (2 solos) and one tackle for a loss, while junior CB Jamar Coles made an interception.
Nottoway’s defense has allowed only one score in each of its first two games.
“I have a great group of young men who will never give up,” said Cougar Head Coach Glen Pettis . “They know we have eight more games to play right now, and to take it one game at a time. We will continue to work and get better every week, and it all will come together.”