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Eagles competitive in region loss to Highlanders

Cosby High School senior Lance Greco attempts to make a tackle on a Cloudland player in Friday night’s 27-10 loss to the Highlanders in the Region 1-A opener for both schools.
Published: 12:49 AM, 09/07/2013 Last updated: 12:50 AM, 09/07/2013

Author: Caleb Chrisman
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

COSBY—Football can sometimes be a tale of two halves, and Friday night would certainly fall into that category as the Cloudland Highlanders defeated the Cosby Eagles 27-10 at Virgil Ball Stadium.

The Eagles trailed just 6-3 at the half, but penalties and a solid second half from Cloudland dropped Cosby to 0-3 on the season.

Cosby head coach Kevin Hall was still very pleased with his team’s performance, especially with so many players still out due to injury.

“I told the kids, ‘Word on the street is, this is the best team in the region. You competed with and could have beaten them,’” Hall said. “Everybody says they’re the best in the region, and we competed against them well, 13 kids short.

“You’ve got 13 kids on injured reserve over here on the sideline, it makes it tough to beat anybody.”

The Eagles (0-3, 0-1) put together one of its better defensive performances of the season to this point, against a potent offense.

A pair of Highlanders (3-0, 1-0), Austin Whitehead and Colby Birchfield, still finished with over 100 yards rushing in the win.

For the full story, see the September 7-8 edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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