Cougars are 2-0 after dominate win
LAUGHLIN — Cougars’ quarterback Malik Ksouri ended the game against Indian Springs with a knee, helping boost Laughlin to a 2-0 start for the season.
The final score of the Aug. 31 game was 48-6 and it got off to a quick start with a kickoff return for a touchdown by Ksouri.
He followed that up with a two-point conversion to bring the score to 8-0 with about 11:45 on the clock in the first quarter.
Indian Springs answered with a long kickoff return themselves but a penalty on the play brought it back. They ended up having to punt.
It became a scoring frenzy for Laughlin afterward.
Starting quarterback Diego Trujillo connected with receiver Josh Furr for a 28-yard touchdown reception. Ksouri ran it in for the two-point conversion, bringing the score to 16-0 with 8:48 left on the clock.
Indian Springs had to punt again on their second possession, giving good field position to Laughlin.
In about a minute, the Cougars scored again with Ksouri running it in for the touchdown.
Trujillo rushed for the two-point conversion, bringing the score to 24-0.
Again, the Thunderbirds had to punt when the Cougar defense stopped them.
Trujillo ran the punt return back for a touchdown.
Ksouri ran it in for the two-point conversion, making the score 32-0 with 3:51 left in the first quarter.
Trujillo ended the quarter with an interception for a touchdown. Emiliano Mendez ran it in for the two-point conversion. The score came to 40-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Thunderbirds started with the ball in the second quarter but couldn’t move far. They punted it back to the Cougars.
Laughlin took possession of the ball with about nine minutes on the clock and marched down the field.
Daniel Montoya Allen ran it in for the touchdown. Mendez earned the two-point conversion bringing the score to 48-0.
A fumble by Indian Springs gave Laughlin an extra possession but by then it was the end of the half.
The second half meant a running clock. The Thunderbirds did get a touchdown but missed the two-point conversion in the fourth quarter, bringing the score to 48-6.
Ksouri ran seven times for 84 yards, including his kickoff return for 70 yards, and two touchdowns. He had six two-point conversions.
Offensively, Trujillo threw for 28 yards with one touchdown. He also had 94 yards on three punt returns.
Defensively, Trujillo had one interception and 45 yards for a touchdown.
Tyler Benton had one fumble recovery. Furr, Sean Kolb and Miguel Rangel each had a sack.
The result was exactly what he was looking for, said coach Tom Sattler.
“I’ve been thinking about 20 years of coaching football, I don’t know if I’ve ever had a team that had two special teams, offensive and a pick-six all in the one quarter,” Sattler said.
They had a punt return for a touchdown, a kickoff return for a touchdown, a pick-six, a rushing and then a passing touchdown all in the first 15 minutes of play.
Sattler gave props to Indian Springs and said it showed great heart to complete the late game touchdown.
Play will get tougher for the Cougars from here, Sattler said.
The wins are great but there is some concern about being ready for league opponents, Sattler said.
“I’m a little bit concerned about the speed of the game,” he said. “The boys we’re going to be playing against will be a little bit bigger, they’ll be a little bit faster.”
Laughlin has a bye week Sept. 7 which will be used to focus on fundamentals, Sattler said, working out little things such as the handoff.
That’s how the speed of the game is addressed, he said.
The week before homecoming will be used to prepare specifically for Calvary, he added.
Laughlin will host Calvary Chapel for homecoming Friday, Sept. 14 at Cougar Field. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.