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By Jaryd Cline
Reporter 

Cougars drop 3rd straight gridiron contest

 


The Lyle-Wishram Cougars have been hampered by one bad quarter of play all season, and on Friday, the visiting White Swan Cougars jumped all over the home team’s early game mistakes.

White Swan recovered a fumble, blocked a punt and recovered a kickoff all in the first quarter en route to their 40-6 Eastern Washington Athletic Conference win.

“We seem to have one bad quarter every game and (Friday’s game) started right away,” Lyle-Wishram head coach Antoine Montoya said in an email.

White Swan jumped out to a 20-0 lead after the game’s first 12 minutes and didn’t look back. They added a touchdown in the second quarter, two in the third and another in the fourth while holding the Cougars to a fourth quarter touchdown.

Lyle-Wishram (1-5 overall, 0-4 EWAC) has struggled with turnovers all season, and, along with the first quarter miscues, the Cougars also turned the ball over twice through the air.

It also has been a learning experience for the Cougars, who made the move to 11-man football this season after competing in 8-man gridiron leagues for about eight or nine years, according to Lyle-Wishram athletic director Joe Bales.

“Ball protection has been our Achilles’ heel this year and just getting adapted to 11 man has been a slow transition,” Montoya said by email.

Quincy McConville ran the ball tough, according to Montoya, totaling 47 yards on the ground on 10 carries while scoring the Cougars lone touchdown in the fourth quarter. Brandon Montoya carried the ball for 21 yards and added a 35 yard reception, and quarterback Jeremiah Osterander threw for 47 yards.

Lyle-Wishram has struggled since shutting out Goldendale 22-0 on Sept. 16. They fell 12-6 to Kittitas on Sept. 24, who, still is the top team in the EWAC at 4-0 in conference play. A week later, Dayton-Waitsburg topped the Cougs 52-0.

Lyle-Wishram returns to the gridiron Friday, travelling to DeSales High School for a matchup with the 2-4 overall Irish. The Irish fell 38-20 to Kittitas on Friday.

 

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