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CAMPBELLSBURG — The South Decatur football team needed to improve in every way possible to make a push in the post season.
While Cougars quarterback Chris Johannigman provided much of the spark offensively Friday night, it was the fast running game of host West Washington (5-5) that ultimately trumped the Cougars 21-12.
South Decatur ended its season 3-7.
South Decatur coach Rodney Martin said the defense of the Senators kept the Cougars off balance the entire game.
“It wasn’t the greatest night for us in terms of passing,” Martin said. “We dropped a lot of passes, and (West Washington) had a strong defense that kept us from getting any momentum.”
Cougars running back Brayden Helms got the offensive charge started and was able to put the first points on the board with a three-yard run as South Decatur grabbed a 6-0 lead.
But the Cougars couldn’t get the rushing game going for most of the night and relied on the arm of Johannigman to get any positive movement.
The Senators were haunting the Cougars with their run game as well, with running back Tyler Dunn leading the charge, scoring two touchdowns in the first half. West Washington also scored on a touchdown pass by quarterback Cody Maudlin to Tyler Holliday to extend the lead to 21-6 at the half.
South did mount a charge in the fourth quarter, as tailback Randall Canady blasted over the goaline from three yards out to cut the Senators’ lead to 21-12 with 4:58 remaining.
The Cougars defense held to give South Decatur one final chance from their own 31 with just under two minutes to play.
Johannigman drove them to the Senators’ 10-yard line with three passes that accounted for 51 yards. However, a four-yard pass, a spike, a sack and an incompletion ended South Decatur’s hopes.
Martin said the game had it’s moments of being closer but expected his team to do more in the end.
“We had some big plays and great catches, but we kept falling short,” Martin said.
“To see the score being 21-12 at the end was pretty amazing because we didn’t play as great as we should’ve.”
Martin said the game matched what the Cougars had gone through most of the season, close battles coming down to the wire.
“We need to build confidence for next season,” Martin said. “We are always close in our games, and we need to capitalize on our chances we have down the stretch in order to be a better team in the future.”
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