Sports Update

Aug 22, 2012 7:10 PM by Kyle Scott

Cougars Playing for the Community

The Morgan County football team had their best season in school history last year with an (8-3) record. Despite their town and football facility being ripped apart by the March 2nd tornado, the Cougars expect to do just as well this year.

Like a lot of small towns across the country, football is king in West Liberty.

"You go to the football game and there's 1,000 people in the stands," Joe Holbrook said.

"The fans are just as hyped as we are," Jordan Whitt described.

"What else is there to do in Morgan County on a Friday night?" Walker Crase asked.

Morgan County isn't known for their football program -- especially in the past decade.

"Our high school has been laboring," Head Coach Brian Turner admitted. "We had a 19-game losing streak and two consecutive seasons we were ranked dead last in all classes."

That's when Brian Turner took over (2009).

"You can imagine me being the fourth coach in four years the moral was low," Turner explained. "I attribute a lot of our success to our Sophomore class, which was our last year's Senior group and the Freshmen, which will be our current Seniors this year."

"We don't want to lose a single game... to anybody," Holbrook stated.

"It's not that we feel more pressure, but we want to put on a show for the people of this community," Larrin Collins explained.

People, like Donald McKenzie. The tornado destroyed McKenzie's Pool Room.

"I lost everything," McKenzie said. "It just flattened it."

"These people need something to get moving again," Crase said.

"Football's going to give people a way to get out from everything that's going on around them," Whitt added.

"We're going to be great," McKenzie said. "After last year, this is the best season I could ever look forward to."

Their first game will be Friday, August 24 at Boyd County.

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