After a slow first half on the road, the Cottage Grove football team resumed their winning ways in the second half as they dusted off the Sisters Outlaws 44-14 last Friday to improve to 6-0 on the season.
“Sisters… is going to be a huge challenge,” said head coach Gary Roberts heading into the game. “It’s a tough place to play, it’s a road game, it’s on grass. It’s just a different environment for us. I challenge our kids to prepare like champions and get ready to go over there and take on a team that usually matches up with us pretty well.”
Sisters opened up the game marching down the field and getting first and goal on the Cottage Grove six yard line only to be stopped on four consecutive run plays. The Lions rallied back with a methodical drive downfield that resulted in a 17 yard Hayden Glenn touchdown reception from Dylan Graves.
Sisters answered the score with a 36 yard touchdown pass and a missed point after attempt that brought them to 7-6. The Lions struck back with a Chad Bottorff touchdown run and Cottage Grove squeaked out a field goal before the half to go up 17-6 in what was their lowest scoring first half of the season.
The second half saw a steady diet of Woods and Bottorff to lead the Lions. It started when Woods scored on a 29 yard rush and on an interception while Bottorff ran in for a 16 yard rush. Bottorff also ran for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Lions outmatched and outdid the Outlaws in the second half.
With the victory, Cottage Grove has now won 16 straight regular season games spanning the last three seasons. More importantly for the Lions, the game at Sisters marked their last road game of the regular season and what could potentially be the last time they play on the road until the state semifinals. Going into the last two games of the season – both of which are homes games – the Lions are currently ranked number one in 4A. If that ranking holds, the Lions would play on at home until a neutral site semifinal game.
But before the Lions make playoff plans, next on schedule for them is Junction City on Friday at home. The Tigers are currently 2-4 on the season and lost to Sweet Home, a team Cottage Grove beat 53-12, last week 39-0.