Building a cous towards the final Don’t miss this

Building a cous towards the final  Don’t miss this

Friday was the second loss where coach Shondel Rusaw wasn’t mad at his team.

It was quite the opposite, as even in Coosa’s 64-39 loss to Ranburn, Rousseau saw his team show up for the second straight week in flashes of action.

Rousseau is now hoping to take those flashes into the final game of the season next week, and then the offseason, and build for the future.

“I know we lost the ballgame, but it was a growing process tonight,” Russo said. “We have grown and gained a lot of confidence. Hopefully we have built some momentum heading into the last game of the season.”

Coosa’s final point total was the second-highest of the season, the most since the second week of play.

As for the game itself, Coosa found themselves down 42-13 at halftime and did most of their damage after halftime.

Rousseau admitted that the scheme the team was trying to implement in the first half may not have been ideal, and he went into the end of the first half ready to turn things around and revitalize his attack.

The Cougars scored 26 points in the second half.

“I went into the first half and told the team to make an effort and act as if the score was 0-0,” Rousseau said. “And (Javon) Peterson ran for 60 yards on the first play.”

Most of the team’s scores came from quarterback Antonio Grant, who had a number of touchdown passes including two to receiver Elijah Richardson.

“We were passing the ball with Antonio, and we were very successful,” Rousseau said. “We just aired it and picked up Antonio.”

The Cougars even had a number of potential touchdown passes, which could have made the game closer late.

Looking at the matchup, Rousseau said the pass-first strategy might be something he can employ more in the future, especially with Grant back for another year.

“We have to be more of a throwing team,” Russo said. “Antonio can really stretch the field. Antonio is a very talented kid and that is something to build on.

Up front, Rusaw had two middle school centers play the entire game, another aspect the coach hopes to build moving forward.

“Ranbourne had a really big kid at nose tackle, but Grayson Kelly and Aiden Williams, two eighth-graders, kept their skills,” Russo said. “We will have more years under our belt and this experience is really important.”

Heading into the final game of the year, at home against Autaugaville, Rousseau is hopeful the Cougars (2-7, 0-7) can finish the season on a high that can take them into the offseason.

“I want to see us finish strong,” Russo said. “I want to see us give 100% effort on the field. I want to build momentum. I want the community and the fans to show up and support us because these kids believe in themselves. I knew this wasn’t going to be easy. But the kids are determined. We want to keep building.”

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