Cougars look for bounce back

Matt Middleton didn’t sleep much Friday night after watching his Cougars fall 7-6 at home to St. Frederick in the season opener at Cougar Stadium.

This week his expectations are that his football team will take great strides when they travel to Delhi to face the Bears Friday night. The contest can be heard on 101.9 FM with Kevin Bayles and David Cole providing the call of the action. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

“I think we are ready,” said Middleton. “I want to know we are a mature football team. There are times I feel we are really mature. We are going to find that out. I believe in them, and I feel like we are going to play well this week.”

Both teams have played only one game this year. Creek saw its opener canceled due to the direct impact of Hurricane Ida on the Baton Rouge area while Delhi saw hits opener against Madison Prep canceled due to tension between the two communities following a shooting earlier in the week.

Delhi fell 42-0 to Delta Charter in its opener this past week.

“They are very athletic,” said Middleton. “It’s one of those deals that they will play man to man. That is what they do. We are going to have to have some answers for that. They are pretty big up front. We have to be careful with our throws we make because they will make some breaks on balls. We don’t need any pick sixes or anything like that.”

Middleton’s bunch struggled offensively in the loss to St. Frederick. The lone touchdown of the night coming on the opening possession of the third quarter. Caden Middleton completed 19 of 30 passes, but only for 133 yards with one interception.

“We have to be opportunistic and put them in a bind defensively to take some shots,” said Middleton. “We are going to take some shots. Hopefully the weather will stay away and we can throw it around a little bit and then obviously get our running game going and have an explosive night.”

Jed Worthey led Creek with 89 yards rushing.

The Cougars defense was stellar in the loss to the Warriors, holding St. Frederick to only 186 yards of total offense. Carson Riley led the Creek defense with 14 tackles, while AJ Thomas added 13 tackles, including two tackles for loss. Lawson Lillo had eight tackles and one sack while Rushing added eight tackles, including two tackles for loss.

Middleton knows they will be tested again this week.

“They are going to be straight spread,” said Middleton. “They will get into a good bit of empty. Doubles and trips. They are going to throw it around. The quarterback is a pretty good player. He is electric when he breaks the pocket. But again, I will put our defense up against anybody. I got a feeling he may be running a little bit.”

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