Cougars stomp Wildfire Central McLean gets season opening win
Cougars stomp Wildfire Central McLean gets season opening win The Central McLean Cougars, under the direction of co-head coaches Keith Sundquist and Kevin Dockter, took to the road for their first game of the regular season with a long trip to Mott last Tuesday. The Cougars matched up with the Mott-Regent Wildfire, defending 9-man state champions, for a beautiful night of high school football. Central McLean received the ball on the opening kick-off and, although there were some obvious first game jitters, the Cougars scored first on a sweep left by junior Grant Singer, which led to an 81-yard touchdown run. The two -point conversion failed and the Cougars took the lead 6-0. In the second quarter, the Cougars struggled a little with pass protection but the defense managed to keep the Wildfire out of the end zone. Senior defender Brandon Aldinger helped in that cause with an interception at the 8:36 mark in the second quarter, giving the Cougars possession. Senior running back Sam Hultberg had two big gains to keep that possession alive; however, Central McLean had a 4th down and a long 22. Mott-Regent took over on downs, but junior Ben Duben put tough pressure on the Wildfire quarterback. With 4:35 left in the half, the Cougars took over on downs.