Injury-plagued Wildcats make quick exit
Fri. November 04, 2011 at 11:45 p.m. | By Greg Ostendorf
MADISON | A short-handed Tuscaloosa County team didn’t have enough fire power to stay with Class 6A, Region 8 winner Bob Jones as the Wildcats lost 26-0 on the road Friday night in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs, bringing their season to an end.
“We came in tonight with six starters and both quarterbacks out, so we knew we were going to be a little short-handed,” TCHS head coach Lee Gibson said. “I was still proud of the way our kids practiced all week knowing that. They never hung their heads. They came out tonight ready to fight.”
Last week, the Wildcats lost their top two quarterbacks to injury, which forced senior defensive back Roger Cousette into the role of the team’s starting signal-caller.
After the offense struggled in the first half, Tuscaloosa County turned to Russell Cox after halftime, but the results were more of the same.
Still, Tuscaloosa County’s defense played inspired throughout the game, keeping the Wildcats in it. It was just a one-score game until Bob Jones scored a touchdown in the final minute of the first half to make it 14-0 at intermission.
“The defense has played well all year,” Gibson said. “We teach our kids to fight until the finish, and I think that’s what they did on both sides of the ball tonight.”
For Bob Jones, University of Alabama commitment Reggie Ragland played sparingly because of a minor foot injury he’s played with all season. He still finished with seven tackles and made a key tackle for loss on a fourth-and-1 play.
Patriots’ quarterback Jeffrey Moss led the offense, finishing 17 of 29 for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
Cousette, Darieon Ranson, Jay Gay and the rest of the TCHS seniors were emotional after the game, but Gibson met with the group and told them to hold their heads up high.
“I told them that they ought to be able to look in the mirror and hold their head up high because they fought hard tonight,” he said.