Just call Central Cougars head coach Russell Smith “The Gambler.”
On the Cougars' first play from scrimmage Smith rolled the dice and it came up seven as quarterback Curley Brewer connected with wide receiver Jordan Cooper for a 65-yard scoring play. That touchdown set the tone of the contest. After that, it was off to the races for the Cougars who went on to post an impressive 48-6 road victory Friday night over the Little Rock McClellan Lions.
The touchdown came just 15 seconds into the contest.
Aided by a couple of penalties and a crucial fourth down conversion on their next possession, the Cougars capped off a 56-yard scoring drive with a 6-yard run by Brewer.
McClellan made some defensive adjustments becoming more aggressive and blocking a punt. But the Lions' attempt to get any offense going was futile. The drive sputtered as penalties continued to plague their efforts.
A loose pigskin popped right into the arms of linebacker Aswad Allen, who raced 49 yards for the score putting the Cougars up 21-0 less than a minute into the second quarter.
The Cougars continued to be relentless on offense. With 7:03 to play in the half, Brewer tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Allen to increase the score to 28-0.
Things only got worse for the Lions who yielded two more touchdowns before the end of the half. With just 1:40 to play before the break, fullback Keith Hayes pounded the ball into the end zone from seven yards out.
Adding insult to injury, the first half ended just like it started, with a big play. On fourth down, McClellan elected to punt the ball away. The Cougars' Anthony Lewis grabbed the football and ran 65 yards untouched for the score.
The Cougars led 41-0 at the intermission.
With the Mercy Rule in effect, McClellan avoided the shutout with a quick touchdown early in the third quarter. The Cougars responded with a 5-yard touchdown run by Hayes with 3:50 to play in the quarter.
The teams played a scoreless fourth quarter.
Cougar kicker Sagar Patel had a near perfect night off the tee, nailing six of seven extra points.
With the loss, the Lions' record drops to 0-6 overall and 0-3 in 5A Central Conference.
The Cougars improve their season mark to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in conference action. Central returns home this Friday to take on the Sylvan Hills Bears, 5-1, 3-0, in a homecoming affair at Cad Polk Stadium.