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Countryside surrendered a long pass play to Osceola to fall behind 7-0, then scored 35 unanswered points in the first half to roll to a 48-21 victory on the road Thursday.
Countryside (3-0) got two rushing touchdowns each from Diomi Roberts and Terry Johnson, and the Cougars scored six times total on the ground.
But it was a budding passing game that most pleased first-year coach Jared Davis.
“We threw the ball better tonight than we did in our first two games,” Davis said.
After surrendering an early touchdown, the Cougars answered on its next drive when Joey Lombardi ran a wide receiver speed sweep for a 60-yard score.
Osceola fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and Roberts scored the first of his two touchdowns to put Countryside ahead 14-7.
From there the rout was on. The Cougars led 35-7 at halftime.
“We had some big plays tonight,” Davis said. “But we also gave up a couple big plays.”
Lombardi caught a 40-yard pass to set up another Countryside score. Cougars fullback Ryan Yates had his first touchdown of the season on a short burst up the middle.
Linebacker Adam Vinson scored a defensive touchdown for the Cougars after ripping the ball from an Osceola rusher in the middle of a pileup and returning it to paydirt.