The Helena-West Helena Central Cougars (2-0) dominated the Marianna Trojans (0-2) in a 62-12 victory at Cad Polk Stadium Friday night.

The Helena-West Helena Central Cougars (2-0) dominated the Marianna Trojans (0-2) in a 62-12 victory at Cad Polk Stadium Friday night.

Marianna took the opening drive to the Cougar 29-yard line and sustained the drive for 10 plays, but the Trojans failed to convert a fourth and 8.  Five plays later, the Cougars were on the board on a 20-yard run by Terrance Calhoun.  John Oliver ran in the 2-point conversion to put Helena-West Helena ahead 8-0 with 7:45 to go in the first quarter.

The Trojans responded with a 7-play, 76-yard drive.  Daylon King scored on a 2-yard run.  The try for two failed and Marianna trailed Helena-West Helena 8-6 with 5:47 left in the first quarter.  That is as close as the Trojans would get.

The Cougars needed only two plays to go 56 yards on their next series.  Armonie Calhoun hit Keyon Burrell with a 51-yard scoring strike.  Armonie Calhoun passed to Terrance Calhoun for the 2-point conversion to make it 16-6 with 5:03 left in the opening period.

Helena-West Helena’s defense came up big on the ensuing possession when Joseph Robinson intercepted an errant Trojan pass and returned it 40 yards for a score.  The try for two failed and the Cougars led 22-6 with 2:18 to go in the first quarter. 

The Trojans would respond by scoring on the first possession of the second period.  King scored on a 3-yard run to cap off an 8-play, 67 yard drive.  The try for two failed and the Cougars led 22-12 with 8:00 to go in the first half. 

 Helena-West Helena took the ensuing possession 51 yards on seven plays. Oliver scored on a 1-yard run with 5:20 to go in the first half. Terrance Calhoun ran in the 2-point conversion to make it 30-12.

The Cougars recovered the ensuing kickoff.  Six plays later, Terrance Calhoun scored on a 5-yard run.  The Cougars added another score right before the half when Nate Harvey scored on a 6-yard run.  That made it 42-12 at the half.

The mercy rule went into effect with 4:43 to go in the third quarter when Kendric Smith put six on the board on a 40 yard scoop and score.  Oliver added the 2-point conversion to make it 50-12.

The Cougars added two more touchdowns with reserves who played most of the second half.  Caldreekious Harrell took a broken play 26 yards for a score.  Demarcus Sheard scooped up a bad snap after the Cougars had recovered a Marianna fumble and ran it in from 12 yards out to make the final 62-12.