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FOOTBALL: Rangos runs roughshod over Athens in Stoney Creek's win

Senior Nick Rangos had 111 yards on the ground and 110 more receiving as the Stoney Creek Cougars took care of the Troy Athens Red Hawks, 39-14.

Rangos, who ended the night with 221 total yards, also had the first two touchdowns of the night towards the Cougars’ convincing homecoming victory.

“He’s had a lot of big games,” said Stoney Creek’s head coach Brad Zube. “He’s a little guy but he gets lost in there, and before you know it he’s out the back door.”

At the 4:21 mark in the first quarter Rangos would make his presence felt by scampering for a 35-yard touchdown on a 1st and 10. The extra point was blocked, making the score 6-0 Cougars.

On their opening possession of the second quarter, the Cougars were able to put up another score, an eight play, 72–yard drive capped by a two-yard touchdown by Rangos but again the Cougars were not able to make the conversion, putting the score at 12-0.

Stoney Creek would add two more scores in the air before the end of the half. Senior Justin Allor would find junior receiver Jack Allen for a 38-yard scoring strike at the 7:25 mark of the second quarter. Again, the Cougars could not convert for the extra point, placing the score at 18-0.

The second touchdown through the air for Allor, who would finish the game 10-of-13 for 274 yards and the two scores, came on the last play before half as the quarterback found a Cougar receiver, who then flea-flickered the ball to junior Scott Reader and he would easily hit pay dirt to make the score, 25-0 at the break.

“I have a great offensive staff and there able to dictate from upstairs what we’re going to get a look at,” said Zube. “We have multiple plays that we can check into, we liked what they were giving us inside so we were feeding Rangos the ball.”

Equally as impressive for Stoney Creek was its defense. The Cougars were able to hold the Red Hawks to -21 net rushing yards for the contest and also holding Troy Athens to just 5-19 on three downs.

On defense, the Cougars were led by junior Andrew Price, who had five sacks, 5 quarterback pressures and six tackles.

“He has a good angle on getting off the ball,” said Zube. “He just has a nose for blitzing.”

Price was not the only one who had a big game defensively for the Cougars. Junior Joe Platz led the defense with 10 tackles, senior Jack VanAlemn had nine tackles and senior Ryan Andrusz contributed six tackles and two sacks.

“We are a pressure team,” said Zube. “People that play us know that we are a pressure team and we’re going to give up a couple deep balls like we did and we understand that but we’ll take our chances with the pressure.”

In the second half, both teams would put up 14 points.

For Troy Athens, they would get its first touchdown of the night when junior quarterback Alex Mussat connected with Devin Terry for a beautiful corner of the end zone catch, to put the score 32-6.

Stoney Creek would get another touchdown from Reader, this time a three-yard run, to make it 39-6.

However, at the 10:59 mark of the fourth quarter, Mussat would find senior Joe Coussens for a 91-yard touchdown strike, which ended up being the final score of the game. Mussat would end the night 14-37 for 281 yards and two touchdowns.

With the loss, Troy Athens falls to 1-5, but coach Josh Heppner is trying to figure out why his team is making some of the plays they have been.

“They fought hard that’s all we can ask,” said Heppner. “I think we just over think, we’re a very intelligent football team. I just think we over think stuff too much.”

With the win, Stoney Creek improves 5-1 and will travel to West Bloomfield next week to take on the Lakers.

“They (West Bloomfield) are a much improved football team,” Zube said. “They have a lot of talent and they’re getting better every week so we just gotta have a great week and go to West Bloomfield ready to go.”

Last Updated: 10/5/2013 4:02:53 PM EST

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