DIST. PREVIEWS: 13-4A (I)7-4A (II)

The China Spring Cougars started fast, kept the foot on the pedal and cruised to a 59-12 victory over Connally Friday night to improve to 2-0 in 2016. The Cadets fell to 0-2.

After knocking off Lorena 31-6 last week at Leopard Field, the dominant win was the Cougars’ second in a row on the road. With a big game against Cameron Yoe looming next Friday, head coach Mark Bell said the team is eager to play in front of the home fans.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us,” he said, “but we are excited. Our kids are playing hard.”

The hard work bore much fruit Friday, as the Cougars controlled the line of scrimmage and executed their game plan.

The tone was set early when Keaton Dudik scored on a 33-yard burst at the 8:13 mark of the first quarter.

The junior running back added two more touchdown runs in the first half from 10 yards and 42 yards out, respectively.

“Our running game was working,” Bell said. “So we stayed with it.”

Connally was plagued by miscues for much of the game. After falling behind 14-0 early in the second quarter, the Cadets forced an incomplete pass on fourth-and-9, but a defensive holding call away from the ball gave the Cougars a first down.

Additionally, the Cadets dropped several passes and turned the ball over three times. They eventually moved the ball and collected some yards in the fourth quarter, but by then the game was well in hand for China Spring.

Junior wide receiver Ronnie Briscoe moved to quarterback for Connally and provided a bit of a spark. He scored on a 13-yard read option to put the Cadets on the scoreboard with 2:21 left in the third quarter.

Connally returns to action next week when Gatesville pays a visit to Mac Peoples Stadium.

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