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Cougars take down Tigers at Monument field

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Published on September 11, 2018 4:35PM

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Dayville/Monument quarterback JT Hand, right, makes the handoff to Mark Thomas in Friday’s game against Echo in Monument.

The Eagle/Angel Carpenter Dayville/Monument quarterback JT Hand, right, makes the handoff to Mark Thomas in Friday’s game against Echo in Monument.

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Elementary students cheer for the Dayville/Monument varsity football team as they score a touchdown in Friday’s game against Echo, played in Monument.

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Elementary students cheer for the Dayville/Monument varsity football team as they score a touchdown in Friday’s game against Echo, played in Monument.

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Dayville/Monument Tigers Enrique Vidrio (25) and JT Hand (5) try to catch up to Echo running back Mason Smith (32) who rushes for the first touchdown of the game for the Cougars.

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Dayville/Monument Tigers Enrique Vidrio (25) and JT Hand (5) try to catch up to Echo running back Mason Smith (32) who rushes for the first touchdown of the game for the Cougars.

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Dayville/Monument’s Gabe Walker-Hopkins makes a break to score a touchdown for the Tigers. He also gained the extra point on a carry in the six-man football game. The Echo Cougars went on to win 66-27.

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Dayville/Monument’s Gabe Walker-Hopkins makes a break to score a touchdown for the Tigers. He also gained the extra point on a carry in the six-man football game. The Echo Cougars went on to win 66-27.

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Dayville/Monument Tiger Nick Ciochetti jumps in front of Echo Cougar ball carrier Mychael Pointer in Friday’s game.

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Dayville/Monument Tiger Nick Ciochetti jumps in front of Echo Cougar ball carrier Mychael Pointer in Friday’s game.

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Dayville/Monument’s Mark Thomas brings down Echo Cougar running back Mason Smith (32) with Tiger JT Hand (5), right, assisting in the tackle and Tell Cox (42) and Cade Milton (75) in back.

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Dayville/Monument’s Mark Thomas brings down Echo Cougar running back Mason Smith (32) with Tiger JT Hand (5), right, assisting in the tackle and Tell Cox (42) and Cade Milton (75) in back.

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Dayville/Monument Tiger Cade Milton makes a touchdown despite Echo Cougar Charlie White’s efforts to tackle.

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Dayville/Monument Tiger Cade Milton makes a touchdown despite Echo Cougar Charlie White’s efforts to tackle.

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The Echo Cougars dominated the Dayville/Monument Tigers 66-28 on Friday at the Monument football field.

Echo running back Mason Smith scored the first touchdown the first quarter, and Dayville/Monument’s Gabe Walker-Hopkins grabbed the Cougar’s onside kick, returning to score.

Walker-Hopkins also scored the extra point. (In six-man football, 1 extra point is earned for a successful pass or scrimmage, and 2 points are awarded for a successful place or drop kick.)

The Tigers were ahead 7-6, but it would be their only lead of the game. The Cougars took back the lead, scoring three more touchdowns — on the third, the Tigers blocked Echo’s point-after kick.

Heading into the second quarter, Echo led 26-7 and scored three touchdowns. Cade Milton and JT Hand were in on tackles, and DJ Howell sacked the Echo quarterback Devan Craig down the stretch.

Dayville/Monument trailed 7-47 at halftime but came to life in the second half.

Tiger head coach Kyle Hand said his team had missed some tackles, and Echo had better blocking.

“At halftime, I said let’s win the second half, and we did by 1 point, 20-19,” Hand said.

Echo scored the first touchdown of the third quarter, but Dayville/Monument answered back when Tiger quarterback JT Hand connected with Mark Thomas for 6 points.

Milton, one of the biggest guys on the team, pushed forward to score the extra point. Milton scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter, and after Echo made their final touchdown of the game, JT Hand ended it on a good note.

On fourth down, the Tigers had a reverse play with Hand getting the ball back to rush in to score, and linebacker Tell Cox caught a pass for the extra point.

“We finished on a positive — got a touchdown and conversion,” coach Hand said. “There are a lot of things we did right. We just need to sharpen up.”

Coach Hand said his four team captains performed well including JT Hand, Mark Thomas, Milton and Walker-Hopkins, who was sidelined with an injury before halftime.

“JT saw the underneath pass and wasn’t forcing the long ball as much,” coach Hand said.

Next up, the Tigers will be on the road to face Joseph at 6 p.m. Friday.

“I think we can man up with them,” the coach said.













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