Cougars fail against Eagles’ ground offense

HEDGESVILLE — After building a two-touchdown lead with its ground offense, Hedgesville just kept running at Jefferson. And the plan worked well enough to get the Eagles their third win of the season, a 28-21 verdict over the Cougars that left Jefferson with only a season finale against Washington and a 1-8 overall record.

Steve Hite and Hunter Weaver combined to rush for over 200 yards and that twosome had the game’s first two scores as the Eagles moved to a 14-0 lead.

Despite yielding four sacks to the Jefferson defense, Hedgesville had still claimed a two-touchdown lead.

An Andrew King-to-Darrod Doleman scoring pass of seven yards gave the Cougars their first points.

Weaver’s three-yard run restored Hedgesville’s lead to 14 points at 21-7. Jefferson countered with a 68-yard scoring drive that included Rynal Newman’s 19-yard run and was capped when King ran over from the six.

But the Eagles responded again and scored in the last minute when Weaver went across from the four. King found Jordan Hardiman with a 26-yard scoring throw with only 16 seconds left to finalize the game’s scoring.

The Cougars will host Washington on Friday at 7 p.m. in the season finale for both county teams.

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