Cougars exploit Miners’ errors

FROSTBURG, Md. — Jefferson just kept on recovering Mountain Ridge fumbles last Friday at Miners Stadium in far western Allegany County.

When all the turnovers had been counted and the Cougars had scored three times on rushes by tailback Rynal Newman, Jefferson had blasted the Miners, 40-12, to even its early-season record at 1-1. The loss came in Mountain Ridge’s season opener.

Jefferson recovered Miner fumbles on the host school’s first three possessions. Cougar sophomore quarterback Andrew King connected with senior Geoff Walker on a TD pass reception/run that lifted the Cougars to a lead that would never be turned around.

Newman bolted 77 yards on the first snap after a Mountain Ridge punt as the Cougars went ahead, 13-0, early in the second period.

It was finally Mountain Ridge’s time to score. The first half was nearly gone when Rashawn Johnson ran in from seven yards with only 1:54 remaining before halftime.

Jefferson received a huge emotional lift when it was able to restore its two-touchdown lead when Newman bounced over from the Mountain Ridge two with only 48 seconds left in the second quarter.

Jefferson’s 20-6 lead helped submerge the enthusiasm of the mostly inexperienced Miners.

Newman’s third rushing touchdown boosted the Jefferson lead to three touchdowns.

After Mountain Ridge’s fifth fumble turnover, the Cougars took only one play to make sure their first win in two games was socked away.

After road games at Woodgrove and Mountain Ridge, the Cougars are at home in Shenandoah Junction on Friday at 7 p.m. against Millbrook High from Frederick County, Va.

The Pioneers are 1-1 after trimming Broadway (Va.), 27-14, last week.

Jefferson was able to move through the air and along the ground (mostly with Newman) . . . and it took full advantage of the many Mountain Ridge mistakes.

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