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Cougars end 17-game losing skid

By Staff | Oct 17, 2018

SHEPHERDSTOWN — With the game’s final 19 points, Jefferson shed its 17-game losing streak by stopping visiting Loudoun Valley, 32-13, last week. The Cougars will carry a 1-6 record in tonight’s home game against Martinsburg, the winner of 36 straight games and six of the last eight big-school state championships.

The Bulldogs are 8-0 after thrashing Hedgesville, 69-3, last week.

Winless Loudoun Valley had a 6-0 lead, when Nicholas Van Zandt booted a pair of field goals 33 and 29 yards.

Corbin Pierson’s 13-yard scoring run lifted the Cougars into a 6-6 tie.

Jefferson lineman Jevon Lang gave the Cougars a boost when he overhauled Baird, who had earlier claimed two pass interceptions on Pierson throws, near the Cougar end zone after Baird made a fumble recovery. Lang’s touchdown-preventing tackle left the game knotted at the half.

Jefferson managed its first lead when Francis Diaz ran 41 yards with the first points of the second half.

Stephen Kallivokas had a 25-yard touchdown catch that gave the Vikings the game-tying points at 13-13 still in the third period.

From then on, all the scoring came from Jefferson.

Pierson passed 25 yards to Antione Lewis. Jefferson’s Brian Long recovered a fumble and Pierson ran 10 yards for a 26-13 Jefferson lead.

After that, the Vikings muffed a punt, which the Cougars recovered, and the game closed with Aaron Gravelle getting a four-yard scoring run for the game’s final points.

Loudoun Valley left Shenandoah Junction with a 0-6 record.

After seeing all-conquering Martinsburg, the Cougars will face South Hagerstown, currently 5-2 overall, and winless Washington in a pair of home games to finish the 2018 season.