SEMINOLE — Countryside overpowered Seminole in the first half of the Class 7A, District 10 opener for both teams, with impact plays from running back Troy Reeves and quarterback Derek Jenkins. But the Warhawks put pressure on the Cougars with the help of running back Austin Henkel and quarterback Andrew Schaedler, and Seminole scored 16 points in the second half only to fall short in the last seconds.
Stars of the game: Countryside used the running skills of Reeves, who rushed for 72 yards and three out of Cougars' five touchdowns. Seminole's Henkel earned 152 rushing yards including a touchdown and a two-point conversion.
Play of the game: The Cougars led 24-14 in the last two minutes of the first half until, on a trick play, Jenkins ran for a 60-yard score to make it 31-14 going into halftime.
Key stat: The Cougars gained 348 rushing yards for the game, breaking through the Warhawks' defense.
Final word: "Coming into this (game with Seminole) with a very good defense gameplan and putting a lot of our receivers and skill players in one on one situations, those guys become difference-makers. They can take the ball 60 yards and make a play for you. But I have to hand it to Seminole. They did a great job of coming back and playing some really interesting game situations towards the end of the fourth quarter." — Cougars coach Eric Schmitz