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October 23, 2013

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MERIDIAN —

Cougars face must-win game

    The Newton County football team escaped a must-win game with a victory in Week 8, now they have to do it again to salvage playoff hopes.

    The Cougars will travel to Quitman on Friday night, but as the season has gone, after regaining someone from injury, another goes down. This week, they'll be out starting quarterback Jacob Edwards with an ankle injury.

    Edwards started last week's game and only got two complete passes off before being taken down awkwardly on a tackle. But also similar to form, another Cougar stepped up. Freshman quarterback Ethan McMullan finished the game 6-of-12 for 131 yards for one touchdown and one interception. He'll get the start on Friday night.

    "He's really, probably our third, fourth string quarterback for us, because we had other guys hurt too," Cougar head coach Jackie Williamson said. "He's a very smart kid. He controlled the offense, ran when we needed to. We were really impressed. He did enough to give us a chance to win."

    As for the matchup with Panthers, Williamson said his team is going to need a find away to slow them down.

    "Their defensive line is probably the best we've seen this year," he said. "[Overall,] they can run, they are fast. On defense, they get to the ball fast … they've always had speed so we have to go play our best game to a have a chance."

 

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