FIRTH – The Firth Cougars opened the season a week ago against the top-ranked team in the state in West Side on the road and came away with a loss 28-18.
The Cougars (1-1), sporting a young roster,with a lot of freshmen and sophomores suiting up for the game, figured to improve off of that effort and they did at home against an untested team in Soda Springs.
The Cougars got a first-quarter touchdown on a pitch-and-catch from senior quarterback Jace Erickson to senior wide out Teague Shook and carried that 6-0 lead into the fourth quarter.
That is when they turned the ball over to the running game and it responded, mainly on the legs of sophomore Sam Park who would eventually carry the ball in from 17 yards to push the score to 12-0 in favor of the Cougars and that is where the game would end.
Park was clearly the star of the game, making numerous receptions for just over 50 yards and rushing the ball for another 50-plus yards and a touchdown. He also intercepted a Cardinal pass midway through the second quarter to stop a Soda Springs drive as time was winding down in the half.
Soda Springs (0-1) plays next Friday at Ririe.