Great Cougar Games

This is a totally subjective list and I am sure I've left some out.Suggestions for other games will be gladly considered.
Listed in chronological order.

1979 - Regular Season

Pulaski County 13  Radford 0
at Pulaski County H.S., Dublin

This was the first game for Coach Joel Hicks at Pulaski County and the first victory in four tries over Radford High School (the two schools wouldn't play again until 2009.) This was the beginning of what will be remembered as the first "Miracle" season for the Cougars. Hicks took the remains of a team that had won only 3 games the year before and led them to the playoffs.

1979 - Regular Season

Pulaski County 23  Martinsville 13
at Martinsville H.S., Martinsville

The Cougars scored three touchdowns in the 2nd half, overcoming a 13-2 halftime deficit to upset the Bulldogs. The game was played in a heavy rainstorm, on an extremely muddy field.
1979 - Regular Season

Pulaski County 8  Northside 7
at Pulaski County H.S., Dublin

The Cougars trailed the Vikings 7-0 for what seemed like forever. With time running out, the Cougars fumbled at the Northside 1 yard line. The Vikings then fumbled the ball back, and with a short TD pass on the next play followed by a two-point conversion, the Cougars took the lead. A Viking desperation pass was then intercepted, and the Cougars won a miracle game in the first year for Coach Hicks. The Cougars lost to Cave Spring 8-7 in strikingly similar fashion earlier in the season.

1979 - Northwest Region Semi-Final

Pulaski County 7  George Washington-Danville 0
at George Washington H.S., Danville

The only score came in the 1st quarter, when Cougar defensive back Curtis Trail intercepted a pass and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown. The defense took over from there to give the school its first playoff win in its first playoff appearance.

1980 - Regular Season

Pulaski County 32  Heritage 27
at City Stadium, Lynchburg

Trailing 25-27 with 30 seconds remaining, the Cougars covered 70 yards in two plays to win with no time remaining. Curtis Bland hit Blake Farlow with a 38 yard pass, and then a 32 yard pass for the winning touchdown. King Harvey rushed for 4 touchdowns in the game.

1985 - Regular Season

Pulaski County 17  Franklin County 14
at Franklin County H.S., Rocky Mount

With 3 minutes remaining, the Eagles went for the touchdown on 4th and goal inside the Cougars 5 yard-line. The Eagles QB ran a bootleg and safety Rodney Landreth met him in mid-air, just inches from the goal-line to preserve the victory.

1988 - Regular Season

Pulaski County 7 Bethel 6
at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium, Dublin

Tommy Shepherd threw the game tying touchdown pass to Angelo Webb with 24 seconds remaining, and B.C. Clark kicked the PAT to give the Cougars the win over the talented Bethel Bruins from Hampton.

1991 - Regular Season

Pulaski County 31  E.C. Glass 28
at City Stadium, Lynchburg

With an all-new Wing-T offense, the Cougars overcame a 14-point deficit to win with a Brian Duncan field goal on the last offensive play of the game. This was the first big win for a team that won only 5 games the year before. The 1991 season will be remembered as the second "Miracle" season.

1991 - Regular Season

Pulaski County 24  Patrick Henry 21
at Victory Stadium, Roanoke

Again the Cougars overcame a 14-point deficit to win with a Brian Duncan field goal on the last offensive play of the game. The win clinched the outright Roanoke Valley District Championship and Coach Joel Hicks' 200th win of his career.

1991 - Northwest Region Semi-Final

Pulaski County 23   Woodbridge 20 - OT
at Woodbridge S.H.S., Woodbridge

Trailing 20 to 6 in the 3rd quarter to the #1 team in Virginia, on the road; the Cougars tied the game late in the 4th quarter, then won it in overtime on a Brian Duncan field goal.

1992 - Northwest Region Final

Pulaski County 25 George Washington-Danville 6
at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium, Dublin

The Cougars defeated a big and talented G.W. team, to win the Northwest Region Championship for the 3rd time in school history. The win also avenged losses to the Eagles in 1990 and 1991 by a combined score of 83-29.

1992 - State Semi-Final

Pulaski County 12  James Robinson 10
at W.T. Woodson H.S., Fairfax

Freshman K Shayne Graham kicked a short field goal with seconds left to advance the Cougars into the Group AAA Division 6 State Championship game. This was also one of the coldest, if not the coldest game in school history, with wind chills well below zero.

1992 - State Championship

Pulaski County 35  Thomas Dale 20
at University of Richmond Stadium, Richmond

A total team effort including Eric Webb's 3 TDs, 2 blocked punts, and a caused fumble, gave the school its first State Championship in any sport.

1997 - Regular Season

Pulaski County 34  Anacostia, D.C. 30
at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium, Dublin

The Cougars trailed 30-9 in the 3rd quarter, but stormed back to win. In the past, the Cougars had dominated the Indians, but the 1995 - 1997 games were won by the Cougars by a combined 12 points.

1997 - Regular Season

Pulaski County 24  Forest Hills, N.C. 21 -2OT
at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium, Dublin

At the half, the Cougars trailed 14-0 and had only 1 first down and 38 total yards of offense. The Cougars came back to tie the game in regulation, and won in the 2nd overtime.

1997 - Regular Season

Pulaski County 31  Cave Spring 28 - OT
at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium, Dublin

With a playoff bid on the line, the Cougars overcame a 28-7 2nd half deficit to tie the game and send it to overtime. After stopping the Knights on a 4th down fake field goal attempt, Cameron Ashworth kicked the game winning field goal. The game ended a regular season in which the Cougars overcame 4th quarter deficits to win 5 different games. The efforts displayed in this game and the victory over Patrick Henry the week before were dedicated to teammate Lee Cook, who died three weeks before.

1999 - Regular Season

Pulaski County 35. Cave Spring 34 - OT
At Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium

Trailing by a TD with less than ten minutes left, the Cougar defense held the Knights on 4th and goal from inside the one.   The offense then drove 99½ yards for the game tying TD and PAT to take the game to overtime.  The Cougars went first in OT, scoring a TD + PAT.  Cave Spring scored a TD and lined up to kick the tying PAT.  Joel Hicks called a timeout to ice the kicker.  As the Knights lined up again, Hicks called another timeout.  This time Cave Spring sent their offense back on the field to go for a 2-point conversion and the win.  The Knights offense was stopped short and the Cougars had won a stunner in overtime, avoiding what would have been a first ever losing season.

2000 - Northwest Region Final

Pulaski County 28. Culpeper County 20
at Culpeper County H.S., Culpeper

Pulaski County rushed for 288 yards against undefeated Culpeper's stingy defense, and Josh Bowling's interception at the 1-yard line sealed the Cougars fifth Northwest Region Championship.  Josh Calfee was the workhorse carrying 30 times for 168 yards and 3 Touchdowns.  The victory broke the defending Division 5 State Champion Blue Devil's 25-game winning streak.

2004 - Regular Season

Pulaski County 20. William Fleming 19
at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium, Dublin

Trailing 19-14 with less than two minutes to play, the Cougars offense took the field at their own 21 yard line.  Nine plays later the ball was on the Colonels 28 yard line with about 15 seconds remaining on the clock.  QB Ryan Dean dropped back and lobbed a pass into Kevin Crouse's hands near the visitor's sideline.  Crouse carried the ball the last eight yards for the winning touchdown with four seconds remaining.

2004 - Regular Season

Pulaski County 21 E.C. Glass 20 - OT
at City Stadium, Lynchburg

After a scoreless second half, the game went into overtime with the Cougars and Hilltoppers tied 14-14.  The Cougars had possession first, and Kevin Crouse took the ball in from seven yards out on third down.  Luis Piscura's PAT made the score 21-14. Glass threw a touchdown pass on their second overtime play.  On the Hilltoppers extra point attempt, Chad Thompson rushed around the end and blocked the kick, giving the Cougars the hard fought victory.

2004 - Regular Season

Pulaski County 21. Cave Spring 20
at Dwight Bogle Stadium, Roanoke County

Kevin Crouse scored from 16 yards out and Luis Piscura kicked the PAT to give the Cougars a 21-20 lead with 6:33 remaining in the game.  But the Knights weren't ready to give up.  They methodically drove the ball down to the 16 yard line, calling a time out to stop the clock at 4 seconds.  After two "icing" timeouts by the Cougars, the Cave Spring kicker missed the 23 yard field goal wide right.This was the third 1-point victory of the 2004 season; the most in a season in Pulaski County High School history.

2005 - Regular Season

Pulaski County 44 Franklin County 41 - OT
at Franklin County H.S., Rocky Mount

Desperate to avoid the first 0-3 start since 1975, the Cougars overcame a 14-point deficit in the 4th quarter, winning the game in overtime on a Luis Piscura field goal. The Cougar defense gave up 31 points in the first half, but stepped it up and allowed only 7 points in the final two quarters and overtime. Kevin Crouse turned in a heroic effort in his first start of the season after a preseason injury.  He tallied 276 yards on 38 carries with 4 touchdowns.  Benji Poindexter added 112 yards on 11 carries with 2 touchdowns.

2008 - Regular Season

Pulaski County 10 Jefferson Forest 7
Saber Field, Jefferson Forest High School

The first real test of the 2008 season came against the Jefferson Forest Cavaliers. The potent Cougar offense was held to 191 total yards while the Cougar defense held an equally effective Cavalier offense to just 140. Seth Paris scored the lone Cougar touchdown with 1:04 remaining in the second quarter, but Jefferson Forest answered in the fourth to tie the game. Pulaski County drove late in the game, moving into field goal range. Matt Songer hit a 23-yard field goal to give the Cougars the lead, the it was up to the “Gold Swarm” defense to end the game. Brandon Hazzard, Jared Cole, Tahrick Peak and numerous other Cougar defenders played their hearts out for head coach Jack Turner, saving the teams undefeated record and moving them to 4-0 heading into the bye week.

2008 - Regular Season

Pulaski County 34 Salem 24
Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium

The 9-0 Cougars hosted the 8-1 Spartans in front of one of the largest crowds in the history of Cougar football. Despite trailing 17-7 at halftime, head coach Jack Turner led his team to a 34-24 come from behind win to earn the programs fourth ever perfect 10-0 regular season and the River Ridge District Championship. Jack Turner was carried onto the field in a scene reminiscent of when he and his teammates carried then head coach Joel Hicks onto the field after their first 10-0 season. Nubian Peak ran for 145 yards on 19 carries, Seth Paris added 52 more on 14 runs. The Cougars ended the night with 315 rushing yards and 49 passing for 364 total yards while holding Salem to 190 passing and 94 rushing for 284 total yards.

2010 - Regular Season

Pulaski County 43 Patrick Henry 42 - 3OT
Merrill Gainer Field - Roanoke

Under the direction of first year head coach Todd Jones, the Cougars and Patriots were scoreless midway through the second quarter. Quarterback Chad Perry, who had never thrown a pass until the start of this season, completed 13 of 30 pass attempts for 252 yards with a broken left hand to break the 1985 record set by Randy Meredith. He also ran for two touchdowns, both in the overtime sessions. Chase Cook caught 3 passes for 114 yards, scored a touchdown, recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass. Defensive heroes Pierce Rigney, Cody Long, Tommy Wojcik, Pedro Salamanca, James King, Tyler Cole, Zach Dao and Jamail Payne made tackle after tackle after tackle all night long. King also recovered a fumble to stop a PH drive in the fourth quarter. Perry ran the final Cougar touchdown in the third overtime and kicker Zack Akers hit the PAT to put the Cougars up 43-36. PH scored on fourth down and Patriots head coach Brad Bradley decided to go for two points and the win. Rigney, Long, Salamanca and Payne hit the running back short of the goal line to secure the first win of the Todd Jones era.


2010 - Regular Season

Pulaski County 21 Salem 14
At Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium

Trailing 7-0 at the half, the Cougars went into the second half knowing they needed to win in order to finish the season 5-5. There would be no playoffs as the VHSL had imposed sanctions on the Cougars for reported violations of out of season practice rules that a year later were removed. Either way, the Cougars wanted to finish the season strong. Cody Long scored first on a four-yard run to tie the game. Salem retook the lead. The Cougars began to drive, but two big penalties erased a huge first down and a score by Rick Cobbs. Salem took a 13-7 lead with 9:36 remaining in the game, and the Cougars stood up. A pass from Chad Perry to Chase Cook tied the game at 13-13, but the PAT was wide. Cougar safety Joey Trigg intercepted a Spartan pass on the next drive and returned it to the 49. Chad Perry, on his last carry of his career, bulled his way into the end zone from six yards out to give the Cougars the lead. Cody Long ran in the two-point conversion with 2:39 remaining. The Cougar defense held and defeated the 7-3 Spartans to end the season.