CLEARWATER — The Countryside Cougars started their season with a complete domination of Osceola on Friday night. All three phases of the game came into play as the Cougar offense rushed for over 200 yards and the defense allowed fewer than 100 total yards. Control of the trenches gave the Cougars the opportunity to build their confidence.
Key play: After the Cougar defense forced Osceola to punt on its first possession, Countryside started its first series on its 40-yard line, and it didn't take long to score. The Cougars' first offensive play was a zone left read. Tailback Tyrese Fortune stayed patient reading his blocks and quickly hit the sideline for a 60-yard touchdown run.
Stars of the game: Fortune finished with 177 total yards and two touchdowns. Tailback Brandon Warren had a big day as well with two rushing touchdowns and 50 yards. Senior quarterback Derek Jenkins had 35 rushing yards and the Cougars' other touchdown.
Final word: "We did a great job establishing a sense of urgency early on, which is something we have been working on. We put a lot of trust into the offensive line, and they worked their tails off tonight." — Countryside coach Eric Schmitz