Cougars bounce back
LAUGHLIN — The Cougars football team took their angst from the previous week out on the Lake Mead Sept. 27, earning a 46-20 win.
“That was a big win for us, at the right time. Coming off of two tough loses getting a quality win like this against a quality team is a big boost for the team,” said coach Tom Sattler.
The first quarter got to a quick start with a Cougar touchdown and no extra points. Lake Mead answered with its own touchdown, also no extra points.
Then Laughlin kicked it into high gear. The Cougars put up 20 unanswered points in the second quarter.
After halftime, Laughlin kept control of the game, though both teams put up one touchdown each without extra points.
The first drive of the third quarter saw Laughlin penalized three times in a row to push them to a first and 30. A couple of runs by Malik Ksouri and a pass from Diego Trujillo to Josh Furr made the distance more manageable but a penalty on the Eagles helped give Laughlin the first down.
The drive ended in a quarterback keeper touchdown for Trujillo. The two-point conversion attempt was intercepted by Lake Mead.
The Eagles got the ball back with 5:59 on the clock and managed to answer with a touchdown. Laughlin stopped the two-point conversion with 2:51 left in the third quarter and a 32-12 score.
Laughlin didn’t waste any time getting another touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Ksouri took over taking snaps and handed the ball to Trujillo for the touchdown. Ksouri made the two-point conversion, bringing the score to 40-12.
Lake Mead didn’t give up though. Quarterback Isaiah Lardomita kept the Eagles rolling with a run for a big gain.
Laughlin’s Dherick Asis sacked Lardomita but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty kept Lake Mead moving forward.
Lardomita threw to Curtis Fuller for a touchdown. Then Lardomita ran it in for the two-point conversion with 9:03 left on the clock in the fourth quarter, bringing the score to 40-20.
Laughlin eventually answered with a rushing touchdown by Axel Valdez with 3:59 left on the clock.
Trujillo ended up with 72 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns. Valdez had 61 yards on five carries and one touchdown.
Ksouri had 140 yards on 22 carries. Furr had three receptions for 76 yards and one touchdown.
“We played well as a team,” said Ksouri.
The win was a team effort with offense and defense pulling their weight.
Furr, a wide receiver and linebacker, discussed his pick-six. “It felt pretty good, it was about 40 yards,” he said.
Players recognized the importance of being able to get a win after a pair of losses, particularly the 78-0 loss to Spring Mountain.
“It was a big momentum changer especially after that tough loss last week,” said quarterback Trujillo. “We knew coming in that Lake Mead was winless and also coming off a tough loss too so we just wanted to play hard in a home game and grab a win.”
Sattler talked about how the team was more aggressive and got off the line more effectively, helping create that win.
“We had 398 total offense Thursday night and that is all because our O-line got off the ball and to their assigned man. Defense did a great job of flying around and making plays, we had three interceptions and one for a touchdown,” said Sattler.
Football travels to Las Vegas on Friday, Oct. 3 to take on The Meadows. The Cougars play at 7 p.m.