by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Both teams came in with something to prove. Cox is trying to step up to “the next level” when it comes to competing in Class 6A. Landstown is trying to rebound from a broken season, this time with new promise and some returning talent that could fuel a winning streak. The two teams collided on Friday night with one-sided results.
Cox scored a touchdown on each of their first three possessions and forced a three and out from Landstown on their first four. By halftime, it was evident that Cox would dominate, leading 28-0 at the break.
Running back Collin Sherman and quarterback Cole Johnson led the Falcons’ attack in the first half, with Sherman breaking the ice midway through the first quarter on a 14-yard touchdown run. Before the close of the quarter, Cox scored again, this time on a 45-yard pass play from Johnson to Khalan Laborn completing an 88-yard, eight play drive.
To start the second quarter, Cox moved quickly, driving 64 yards in three plays capped by a one-yard Sherman touchdown run. After forcing another three and out, Cox was driving again when Matt DeMasi was tackled by at Jamir Hudson at the Landstown 35, the ball popped loose and was recovered by Landstown’s Joseph Atkins. Three plays later Dontrell Harrington intercepted a Bryson Stukes pass, setting up the Falcons in the red zone at the Landstown 16.
Cox extended the lead when Johnson connected with Jeremiah Salley on a 21-yard touchdown pass. The PAT made it 28-0.
In the third quarter, Cox scored on both possessions, including a 30-yard field goal by Joe Stewart and a three-yard touchdown run by Sam Brooks. That started a running clock.
Landstown didn’t have a sustained drive until the fourth quarter when the Eagles strung together a 14-play, 67-yard drive that ended in an interception by Cox’ Davion Barnes. From there, the Falcons were able to run out the clock.
Cox scored on every one of their possessions with the exception of the fumble they lost and the close of the game where they ran out the clock. In all, it was a dominant performance by the Falcons.
– Andy Hilton
Johnson (COX) 12/16/0, 220 yds, 2 TD Passing; 9-26 Rushing
Laborn (COX) 4-41 Rushing, 4-90, TD Receiving
Sherman (COX) 11-65, 2 TD Rushing
Jones (COX) 3-46 Rushing, 1-23 Receiving
Tabron (COX) 3-51 Receiving
Stukes (LAND) 14/21/2, 80 yds Passing; 3-3 Rushing
Ford (LAND) 9-21 Rushing, 3-19 Receiving
Watts (LAND) 4-46 Receiving
Cox (2-0) 14 14 10 0 – 38
Landstown (1-2) 0 0 0 0 – 0