CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Last season, an early upset prevented the Clarksville Academy Cougars from obtaining a perfect regular season record. This season, Coach Todd Hood and his Cougars are a perfect 3 and 0, after a 29 -14 win over Nashville Christian on Friday night, and looking to keep their perfect streak alive.
After receiving the opening kick off, Clarksville Academy did exactly what it has done this entire season thus far, drive and score. The only difference with this drive it that time actually ran off the clock. After marching 62 yards down to the 7, Jaleel Stubbs capped off the drive with a seven yard touchdown run with 9:37 to play in the first quarter. A Justin Hood extra point made it 7-0 Cougars at that point.
After forcing a punt on the Eagles' first possession of the contest, Clarksville Academy again scored after an extended drive, capped off by a 5 yard touchdown pass from Jacob Rugen to Ivan Purcell to make it 14-0.
After trading possessions, and a great punt by the Academy's Nolan Blake, Cougars fans were thrilled to see Nashville Christian pinned back on their own 3 yard line. That is until the very next snap of the football, when Phillip Booker went 97 yards through the heart of the Cougars defense to pull the Eagles within a score, 14-7.
Another quality Blake punt once again pinned the Eagles deep in their own territory, but this time, the Cougars used it to their advantage. On a second and 10 play, Nashville Christian quarterback Ryan Young took a shot gun snap on his own goal line, and then proceeded to roll out to his left, backwards into the end zone. The cougar's John Ross Rudolph tracked him down, and tackled him in the end zone for a safety to build the Cougars lead to 16-7.
With the free kick after the safety, Clarksville Academy took advantage of the short field, with a drive capped off by a 3 yard Jaleel Stubs touchdown run, his second of the night, to make it 23-7 Cougars at the half.
After a scoreless third frame, the Eagles struck first, as Ryan Young dove into the end zone from 3 yards out to cut the Cougars lead to 23-14 with 11:53 to play in the contest. On the next series for Clarksville Academy, Cougars fans had to worry with quarterback Jacob Rugen went down without being touched on the first play of the drive. Rugen was suffering from serious cramps, and enter back up quarterback Travis Swails. Swails responded like a pro, and drove the Cougars down the field, and after battling three penalties in the drive, capped of the drive with a 45 yard touchdown pass to Ron Washington to make it 29-14 Cougars after the extra point was partially deflected.
Nashville Christian tried to mount a comeback, but great defensive plays by John Anderson and Clay Goad spoiled any attempt at a comeback. Rugen ended the night with 9 carries for 95 yards, while Stubbs ended the night with just 17 yards rushing, but two big scores. Swails, in the relief role, rushed for 25 yards, but went 2 of 4 through the air for 50 yards and a touchdown.
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