Renegades win homecoming game
by By John Conley email@example.com
Westside quarterback Justin Cogar was glad to be back on the football field.
And it showed.
Cogar threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as WHS trimmed James Monroe, 22-6, last Friday on homecoming night at Clear Fork.
“It felt really good,” said Cogar. “It’s something I’ve been looking forward to since last year.”
The junior signal caller broke his ankle early in an August scrimmage.
“It feels good,” Cogar remarked. “It feels 100 percent as far as healing.”
Westside grabbed the upper hand early and didn’t let it go.
The Renegades (3-4) took the opening kickoff and rolled quickly down the field for the first score, a 4-yard TD pass from Cogar to Justin Kenneda.
Cogar ran for the extra points to make it 8-0 with a little under 10 minutes showing on the first quarter clock.
Westside threatened again later in the period.
The Renegades were backed up in their own territory, but Cogar’s 27-yard pass to Breyer Morgan moved the ball out to the 40.
Later, Cogar’s pass to Corey Bowles moved gave Westside a first down at the Mavs 29.
Mike Mullens later picked up a first down inside the JM 20 but the drive stalled there.
The Mavericks stripped the ball on a running play to set themselves up with good field position late in the half.
On third and five at the Renegades 26, Reed Mcneer threw to the ball to the endzone. It was tipped by a Westside DB, but the Mavericks’ Josh Dransfield came down with the ball for a touchdown.
The rush for two points failed, leaving WHS with an 8-6 edge with :52 to go in the half.
WHS put together a 10-play, 87-yard scoring march in the third quarter which ate up nearly six minutes.
Mullens went left for 24 yards to get the ball out to the Westside 37.
Larry Cook had back-to-back receptions to push move the chains near midfield.
Two runs by Mullens and a personal foul on James Monroe moved the Renegades to the Mavs 23.
Another carry from Mullens gave WHS a first and goal.
On second and goal, Cogar ran it up the middle for six. Mullens rushed for the conversion, making it 16-6 with 1:06 showing.
A one-play drive in the final quarter accounted for the final points of the night.
Cogar found Bowles over the middle, and Bowles escaped the defender and took it 45 yards for the touchdown.
“That’s a play we work on a lot,” Cogar commented. “Corey ran a good route and made a good play on the ball.”
James Monroe (1-5) drove deep into Westside territory in the final minutes, but did not score.
Cogar was 12-21 for 205 yards and two touchdowns for the Renegades.
Bowles had four receptions for 89 yards and a TD. Bryce Robinson had a 47-yard reception, and Kenneda had a catch for a touchdown.
Mullens ran for 170 yards on 27 attempts.
Frank Sammons had an interception for the winners.
The Renegades still have a shot at the playoffs, Cogar says.
“We need to win the rest of our games this season,” he remarked. “We ran into a couple of good teams early in the year but we just kept on working.”
WHS visits Bluefield this Friday.
Photo: Westside quarterback Justin Cogar drops back to pass.
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