THE ROAD TO MURFREESBORO -- GOODPASTURE COUGARS

Alcoa’s opponent in the state championship contest is a school that hasn’t lost a game since the Tornadoes destroyed them in the state championship game last year. Listing an enrollment of 666, the Cougars are out of Nashville and have three state championships to their credit -- 1995, 1999 and 2001.

Here is a look at the 2006 games that brought the Cougars to a rematch with the Tornadoes.


2006 Goodpasture Cougars
(14-0)


Vs. David Lipscomb — W, 20-3

Goodpasture survived a pair of fourth-quarter turnovers and a late Lipscomb rally for its first win over the Mustangs since 2002. Tailback Shantz Medley rushed eight times for 83 yards and a touchdown. Free safety Logan Darnell, a Kentucky baseball commitment, had an interception and fumble recovery.

Goodpasture mounted a nine-play, 61-yard scoring drive to lead 20-7 1:06 remaining. Turner Cripps recovered the onsides to kick to preserve the win.


Vs. Battle Ground Academy — W, 38-7

The Cougars used nine backs to rack up 341 yards rushing on 29 carries from their ball-control wing-T offense. Tracy Mayes led the onslaught with 97 yards and a score on two carries. No Cougar carried more than three times. Throw in 108 yards passing, and Goodpasture amassed 449 yards of offense.


Vs. Franklin Road Academy — W, 47-0

Once again, the Cougars swarmed an opponent with a rushing attack where a plethora of backs took turns. Ten backs, if quarterback Coleman Stroud is included, pounded on Franklin Road for 399 yards rushing. Reece Lovell was the only back with better than five carries, rushing eight times for 50 yards and a touchdown. The Cougar defense held Franklin Road to 98 yards of offense, 40 of it on the ground.


Vs. Pope John Paul II — W, 35-28

Brigham Angela recovered a JPII onsides kick with 2:17 remaining and the Cougars used their ground game to run out the clock. Goodpasture rolled up 503 rushing yards at 10.3 yards per carry. A 22-point third quarter put Goodpasture ahead to stay. JPII star Golden Tate, who is being recruited by Notre Dame, Georgia Tech and virtually every SEC school, scored all four of the Knights’ touchdowns.

Goodpasture scored touchdowns on its first four possessions of the second half. Two of those scoring drives consisted of just one play — a Dwain Harris 72-yard run and a Benjamin Cunningham 80-yard run.

Vs. Fairview — W, 62-19

The Cougars scored on four of their five offensive possessions in the first half and also returned two interceptions for touchdowns. After Tracy Mayes took a handoff 63 yards to score on the third play of the game, senior Logan Darnell intercepted a pass and ran it back 33 yards to put his squad up 14-0 after the extra point. The Cougars had four interceptions in the first half and held a 42-6 lead at half.

Vs. East Robertson — W, 64-6

Averaging 8.8 yards per rush, the Cougars bludgeon East Robertson with 389 yards rushing on 44 carries. Again, no one player did the bulk of the damage. Reece Lovell carried eight times for 50 yards, quarterback Coleman Stroud five for 35. Six different Cougars scored rushing touchdowns. Stroud tacked on 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air on 5-of-7 passing. Benjamin Cunningham and Tracy Mayes both had receiving touchdowns of 30 yards.

Vs. Donelson Christian — W, 62-7

Few teams still run the wing-T. Fewer still run it better than the Cougars.

Goodpasture hammered at Donelson’s defense with 10 backs, including quarterback Coleman Stroud, amassing 306 yards on 41 carries. Leading rusher Dwain Harris had seven rushes totaling 65 yards. Goodpasture struck first through the air, with quarterback Coleman Stroud opening the scoring with a 47-yard touchdown pass to running back Shantz Medley. Stroud would finish 5-of-6 passing for 159 yards and two touchdowns.


Vs. Ezell-Harding — W, 48-0

Once a state power, Ezell-Harding had its offense shut down to the tune 27 yards rushing on 28 carries — a paltry 0.96 yards per rush. Ezell-Harding would manage only 27 yards through the air. Goodpasture’s mob-squad rushing attacking belted the Ezell-Harding defense for 328 yards on 44 rushes.


Vs. Harpeth — W, 47-7

Three fumbles did more to prevent the Cougars from reaching their customary 300 yards rushing more than the Harpeth defense. With quarterback Coleman Stroud and Thomas Goodloe both topping 40 yards on the ground, Goodpasture was still able to put up 202 yards rushing. Harpeth could manage on 32 on 23 carries as the Cougars put it away with a 28-point second quarter.


Vs. Christ Presbyterian — W, 35-21

The top-ranked Cougars rambled for 427 yards in total offense, including 347 on the ground. Goodpasture entered the game with the state’s highest-scoring offense, averaging 47 points. Halfback Shantz Medley led the way, rushing for 127 yards and three touchdowns on six carries, most of it coming on a 91-yard touchdown run late in the first half. Fullback Reece Lovell bulled his way to 111 yards on 13 carries.


Vs. Adamsville — W, 49-18

Adamsville delivered a stunning performance in limiting the Cougars to 168 yards rushing on 28 carries. Quarterbacks Coleman Stroud and Whit Mahan amply compensated, throwing for a combined 188 yards and a touchdown each, finishing a combined 5-of-7 passing. Adamsville punished Goodpasture’s defense for 280 yards rushing on 43 time-consuming carries to little avail. Goodpasture led 42-0 at the half.


Vs. Lewis Co. — W, 48-0

Coleman Stroud threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in the first half. Stroud tossed back-to-back touchdown passes to junior receiver Tracy Mayes in the final 1:45 of the first half to give the Cougars a commanding 28-0 lead.


Vs. Christ Presbyterian — W, 20-7

The No. 1-ranked Cougars dominated the first half and survived a turnover-laden second half. This marked the first playoff appearance for No. 6-ranked CPA in Class 2A after winning Class 1A state titles in 2000 and ‘02. The Lions were unable to overcome five turnovers and a 20-0 deficit. Goodpasture rushed 53 times for 301 yards to offset three turnovers.


Vs. Milan — W, 34-21

Limited to 20 offensive snaps and 113 yards of offense in the first half, Goodpasture found a play that worked after halftime and stuck with it. Leading 7-6 on the team’s fifth play from scrimmage to start the second half, Shantz Medley followed a line of blockers around the right side, found a seam and broke free for a 53-yard touchdown run with 10:02 on the clock. Less than two minutes later, sophomore Benjamin Cunningham took the same handoff and raced 24 yards into the end zone.

In six plays, the Cougars blew open a one-point game and led 21-6. Those six plays netted 99 yards.

Two more touchdowns by Medley in the fourth quarter put the game away. On the same play that he broke to start the second half, Medley went untouched down the right sideline from 68 yards with 9:33 to play.

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