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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Cougars make the playoffs

  • Curley Brewer was not his usual self through the air Friday night. However, it really didn't matter. For what the Central Cougar quarterback failed to achieve with his arm, he succeeded with his legs.
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  • Curley Brewer was not his usual self through the air Friday night. However, it really didn't matter. For what the Central Cougar quarterback failed to achieve with his arm, he succeeded with his legs. Regardless, the win put the Cougars in the 2013 playoffs. Brewer ran for four touchdowns and passed for another as the Cougars demolished the winless North Pulaski Falcons, 43-6. It didn't take Central long to establish just who was going to be the boss in this contest. Just 56 seconds into the contest, Tailback Devonte Herrod took the football and raced 53 yards for the first score of the night. The Falcons fumbled on their first possession and with 9:17 to play in the opening quarter, Brewer scored the first of his four touchdowns on the ground – this one coming from four yards out. Brewer hit Sandy Wright for the 2-point conversion after the Cougars' first extra-point try was blocked. With just six seconds left in the first quarter, Brewer put the Cougars up 20-0 when he flipped a 12-yard scoring toss to Anthony Lewis. Brewer scored twice in the second quarter on runs and seven and five yards respectively. The quarterback also ran in a 2-point conversion. Brewer's first score came at the 6:44 mark of the second quarter and his second with 2:05 to play. Sandwiched in between was a 45-yard interception return for a Jacksonville score, which helped them avert the shutout. Central led 36-6 at the intermission. North Pulaski got the ball first in the second half but quickly turned the ball over on downs. The Cougars wasted little time attaching the Mercy Rule with yet another scoring run by Brewer. His final score for the night came from six yards out. The win secured Central (5-3, 4-1) not only a guaranteed .500 season but a spot in the Class 5A playoffs. It will be the Cougars first appearance in the playoffs since 2011. The next two weeks the Cougars will be jockeying for playoff position as they host Little Rock Christian, 3-5, 1-4. The Warriors are coming off a 42-14 loss to the Jacksonville Red Devils. The season finale will be at Little Rock Mills on Thursday, Nov. 7. The Comets are 6-2, 3-2.
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