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Cougars fall to Loudoun Valley, Bulldogs are next

By Staff | Oct 20, 2017

Chronicle photo by David Pennock Jefferson WR Scooter Gaskins (11) braces for a tackle during last Friday’s game against Loudoun Valley in Purcellville, Va. The Cougars lost the game 49-6, keeping them winless so far this season. Jefferson takes on Martinsburg tonight at 7 p.m. in Martinsburg.

PURCELLVILLE, Va. – Jefferson became Loudoun Valley’s second victim of the year last Friday night when the Vikings expanded a one-touchdown lead after one quarter into a 49-6 victory by game’s end.

The homestanding Vikings had beaten only Park View before Jefferson came to Purcellville. The Cougars are now winless in seven tries after absorbing the 43-point loss to Loudoun Valley.

Loudoun Valley’s lead was 28-6 by halftime. After not scoring in the third quarter, the Vikings reeled off 21 points in the fourth quarter. Jefferson’s lone touchdown came in the first period and the Cougars were blanked over the final three quarters.

Unbeaten Martinsburg (7-0) will be Jefferson’s next opponent, that game coming tonight at 7 p.m. at Cobourn Field in Martinsburg.

The defending Class AAA state champion Bulldogs blistered state-ranked Hedgesville last week, 83-7, on the Eagles home field. Hedgesville had earlier beaten Jefferson, 42-20, in Shenandoah Junction.

After Martinsburg, the Cougars close out the 2017 season with games on the road at South Hagerstown and at Washington on consecutive Fridays.

South Hagerstown is 3-4 overall after losing on the road at Urbana. Washington got its lone win of the season on Oct. 7 when it defeated Class AA foe Frankfort in Mineral County. The Patriots did not play on Oct. 14.