The Munford Cougars picked up another big win and earn a spot in November’s upcoming TSSAA football playoffs.
On Friday night, the Cougars outlasted their rivals the Brighton Cardinals 27-14 to improve to 6-1 and stay unbeaten in District 13-3A play.
In front of their home crowd, Munford jumped out 6-0 when quarterback Jacob Ross connected with Andre Thomas for an 18-yard touchdown on fourth down and 4 in the second quarter.
Before the half the Cardinals got on the board and took a 7-6 lead when QB TJ Klutts threw a 67-yard TD pass to Devin Neal.
Munford regain the advantage in the third quarter when Ross scored on a quarterback sneak to cap off a 14-play drive. The Cougars were ahead 13-7 with 4 minutes and 40 seconds left in the period.
The Munford advantage grew to 20-7 when Ross connected with Thomas for a 71-yard score still in the third quarter.
Brighton cut into the Cougar deficit just before the third quarter ended when Klutts hit Zack Camp for a 73-yard score. That was the next play after Munford’s big scoring play.
The score was 20-14 entering the fourth quarter. Just like the long drive to start the third quarter, Head Coach JR Kirby’s Cougars ate up the clock in the fourth quarter with a 16-play drive.
For more than 9 minutes, Munford possessed the ball. David Simon rewarded the Cougars with a 1-yard plunge for a touchdown.
The Cougars are off this week and will return to action Oct. 17 at Collierville. The Cardinals will try to regroup this week hosting Bolton at 7 p.m.
In other action, the Tipton-Rosemark Academy Rebels traveled to USJ Friday night. The host Bruins were able to pull off a 42-21 win over the Rebels.
The score was 7-7 in the first quarter when Logan Stewart ran for a 44-yard score. USJ regained the lead in the first quarter when Easton Underwood completed a 6-yard TD pass to Michael Taylor.
USJ was ahead 21-7 at halftime. With the Bruins in front 35-7, TRA got its second touchdown before the end of the third quarter when AJ Hightower run for a 73-yard score.
Both teams score a touchdown in the fourth quarter with Hightower connecting with Stewart on a 25-yard pass for the Rebels. TRA will travel once again this week to Middleton.