As they say, Cougar fans, all good things must come to an end, and that, unfortunately, applies to the Cougars’ football season. For those of you at the game, you may have noticed the team did not enter the field in their usual fashion – instead, they were joined by the newest member of their team, senior Justin Jewell. Justin suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a crippling disease that has left Justin wheelchair dependent. As a Clark student, Justin is a HUGE fan of Cougar Athletics, and joined the team in the locker room before the game. Justin, with the assistance of seniors Trenton Ford and Zach Wood, led the team through the Cougar banner, out to face the Knights from Steele, the second ranked 5A team in the Area. Inspired by Justin, the Cougars came out playing arguably their best football of the season, forcing the powerful offense of Steele to convert a fourth down on their first possession, but eventually giving up the touchdown. The Coug’s offense came charging back, finding the end zone on their first possession, and it looked like we were in for a battle. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, as those would be the only points the Cougars would manage against the Steele defense. The Knights’ offense showed why they are the second ranked team in the Area, and after the dust settled, the Cougs found themselves on the wrong side of a lopsided 52-6 final score. The Cougars provided their fans with some exciting football and great wins this year, and for that – we are proud of them, and congratulate them on a terrific season. Go Cougs!!
Our mighty Cougars took on the Warren Warriors last Friday at Gustafson stadium. The first quarter saw Warren score 2 touchdowns, but the Cougars were able to score 2 touchdowns in the 2nd quarter. Warren answered with 2 touchdowns and a field goal. Third quarter Clark and Warren each scored 2 touchdowns and the last quarter, Warren scored 2 more times to Clark’s one touchdown. Final score: Clark 35, Warren 55. Come cheer the Cougars at the first playoff game, as they take on Steele Knights at Commalander Stadium, Thursday, November 14th at 7:00pm.
Your Clark Cougars hosted the Huskies from Holmes high school on another perfect night for Texas high school football last Friday. Clark’s offense was clicking early, getting on the board twice in the first quarter on runs of 55 and 18 yards by Branden Valle. The defense brought their “A” game again in the first half, surrendering only a touchdown at the very end of the half. Sophomore Chris Rollins added to Clark’s lead in the third quarter when he scrambled 12 yards into the end zone for his first touchdown of the season. Touchdowns by Trenton Ford (6-yard run) and R’Mani Bettis (25-yard pass from Ford) rounded out the scoring for the Cougs in the fourth quarter. Nick Gonsalves was perfect on PAT’s for the night. The defense played a strong second half, giving up one touchdown on a perfectly executed hook and ladder by the Huskies, and a meaningless touchdown in the closing seconds of the game. The final score was 35-20, giving the Cougars a 5-2 district record, 5-4 overall. The final regular season game will take place this Friday when Clark visits Warriors from Warren at Gus stadium.
Hey Cougar fans – sorry for such a delayed posting!!! Your Clark Cougars took on the Rams from Marshall last Friday on a perfect night for Texas football. It may have been Marshall’s Homecoming, but it was definitely Clark’s night. Your Cougars scored through the air, on the ground, and defensively!! R’mani Bettis started off the scoring on a 40-yard pass from Trenton Ford early in the second quarter. Near the end of the third quarter, Sam Carter stripped the ball from a Ram running back, and took it 58 yards for the second touchdown of the night. After the Rams managed their only touchdown of the evening, the Cougars’ own Brandon Valle scored on a 5-yard run to seal the victory. Nick Gonsalves was perfect on PATs, and the Cougars had themselves a 21-7 victory. The Clark defense was tough again, causing the Rams to turnover the ball three times. The Cougars take their 4-2 District record back to Farris this Friday when they host Huskies from Holmes.
Your Clark Cougars hosted the Mustangs from Jay at Farris Stadium last night. Clark got on the board early on a 73-yard run by Senior Brandon Valle in the opening minutes. Valle added another rushing touchdown in the first quarter to give the Cougs an early 14-0 lead. Jay, using some well-timed trick plays, finally got on the board, and posted a second touchdown to even the score before the end of the first quarter. Clark took a 20-14 lead into the locker room at halftime on a third touchdown run from Valle. After a fourth quarter score by the Mustangs, Clark was down 21-20, but had the ball with just over 4 minutes in the game. On the shoulders of Valle, the Cougs were able to get into field goal range, and Senior Nick Gonsalves put the pigskin through the uprights with a minute and a half left on the clock. The Clark defense held their ground, forcing Jay to turn the ball over on downs to seal the game. The Cougars will take their 3-2 District record on the road next week to Marshall at Farris Stadium.
Your Clark Cougars faced the Broncos from Brandeis Friday night under the lights at Farris stadium. The Cougars got on the scoreboard first when Senior Nick Gonsalves nailed a season long 40-yard field goal through the uprights. The Cougar defense held the potent Bronco offense scoreless for the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Brandeis offense heated up, putting 21 points on the board. The Cougars added another field goal from Gonsalves, this time from 39 yards, before half time. Unfortunately, that would be all the scoring the Cougs could manage against the tough Broncos’ defense, with the final score being a 35-6 loss. The Cougars will take their 2-2 district record to Farris stadium on Thursday this week when they host the Mustangs from Jay.
It was Homecoming for your Clark Cougars last night at Gus Stadium, and what a homecoming it was. They faced the Raiders from Taft, who got on the board first. The teams were evenly matched, but the Cougars went into the locker room at the half with a 3 point lead thanks to a 27-yard field goal from Senior Nick Gonsalves as time expired. The game saw big plays from the line of scrimmage from Trenton Ford, Michael Coley, and William Young with great blocking from a strong offensive line. On the other side of the ball, the Cougar defense came up big throughout the game, capping off the evening with a huge stop on fourth down to seal the 24-21 victory. The Cougars have a bye next weekend, and will take their 2-1 District record to Farris stadium on October 11th where they will have their work cut out for them against the Broncos from Brandeis.
Your Cougars faced off against the Falcons from Stevens last night and came away with their first win of the season. What was expected to be a high scoring affair turned out to be a defensive battle. Clark got on the board first for the first time this season, and never trailed. Clark played a controlled ground game, rushing for 215 yards, with Senior Michael Coley leading the way with 94 of those yards, including a touchdown. The defense was at the top of their game, keeping the potent Falcon offense in check, and forcing them to punt or turn the ball over on downs most of the evening. The Cougars take their 1-1 District record into the Homecoming game next week against the Raiders from Taft.
Your Clark Cougars began district play last night against the Panthers from O’Connor. The Coogs dug an early hole, spotting the Panthers 21 points after allowing the opening kickoff to be returned for a touchdown, and giving up two more quick scores after turnovers. The Cougars eventually settled down and played the Panthers even for the rest of the game, losing 49-28.
Next, Friday, your Coogs will continue in District play as they face the Falcons from Stevens
Your Clark Cougars battled the Mules from Alamo Heights last night. It was a great night for football. Two early turnovers leading to touchdowns put the Coogs in a hole from which they could not climb out. There were bright spots on both offense, with Brandon Valle breaking into the secondary on several occasions; and on the defense, with the Coogs getting some takeaways of their own, including fumble recoveries by Zach Wood and Mitch Globe, and an interception by Will Buchman. Michael Coley scored an 80 yard touchdown on the last drive by Clark! The final score was Alamo Heights 47, Clark 34.
Next Saturday, your Clark Cougars will face the Panthers from O’Connor at Farris Stadium, 7pm