The Cougars never punt and stay unbeaten with a win over Seminole.
SEMINOLE - It was an apology of sorts, although it might have been interpreted as insulting. "Tyler Guthrie," Countryside coach John Davis said in his post-game address to his team, "I think you're the only player who didn't play tonight.
"Thank goodness for that."
The reason Davis was happy with Guthrie's lack of time is simple: Guthrie's the punter. Combine that with zero turnovers and the logical assumption is an offense that was overpowering.
That the Cougars were, scoring on six of their seven possessions in crushing Seminole 34-7. The victory pushed Countryside's record to 5-0, and that, as Davis pointed out, "is the first 5-0 team for Countryside."
Though Seminole fell to 2-3, there were some good things for the Warhawks. They moved the ball well and they kept Harrison Beck, Countryside's highly touted quarterback, from throwing a touchdown pass.
But Beck completed 13-of-17 for 244 yards to keep the Hawks on their heels all game long.
His first drive of the game was a perfect example: Beck threw four passes, all on third down, and he completed them all for first downs.
Bobby Floyd eventually plunged a yard for the touchdown, the first of four 1-yard TD runs for the Cougars: three by Floyd and another by Corey Roebuck, who led Countryside's ground game with 72 yards on 17 carries.
Perhaps Seminole's fate was sealed on its opening drive. The Warhawks followed Colby Erskin's 40-yard kickoff return to their own 45 with a nine-play drive to the Countryside 1. But Ryan Catanzaro fumbled and the Cougars recovered at their 4, driving 96 yards in 15 plays, with Beck completing all four passes to Mike James for 75 yards.
Zach Hobby, Countryside's senior placekicker. connected on a pair of 47-yard field goals to boost his team's offense; he suffered one miss, into the wind from 45 yards.