PINETOPS — If a team has attempted a pass against SouthWest Edgecombe over the past two seasons, there’s a good chance the ball was thrown in Michael Hussey’s direction.
The Cougars cornerback might look like an easy target. After all, the junior is listed at 5-foot-5 on the roster.
And on Friday in SWE’s 53-20 win over visiting North Pitt in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference opener, the Panthers threw at Hussey early. Thing is, Hussey was ready. He’s already ready, waiting for his chance to make a play.
“Every team that throws the ball that we’ve played attempts it,” Cougars coach Jonathan Cobb said. “For two years, last year and this year, they throw at him. And he does a good job. He’s an excellent run support guy because he’s a good tackler, and in pass defense he knows he has to be in perfect position because he’s giving up a lot of height.”
Hussey was in perfect position defending a deep route that led to his first interception of the season. North Pitt, trailing 18-0 after the first quarter, figured it would try to catch the Cougars out of position on a fourth-and-six situation from the SWE 35. (Read more)
It all started with an untimely injury, a quick-thinking decision from head coach Jonathan Cobb, and a basketball player willing to play football.
And now, quarterback Jayden Lewis and wide receiver Keishon Porter hold significant roles on the SouthWest Edgecombe football team; the pair is the driving force behind a shift in offensive philosophy for the Cougars, who are on pace to have the most passing yards in at least a decade.
The summer of 2017 had gone as planned for SWE. The lineup was set, the game plan was ready to be unveiled, and the annual Tarboro Jamboree would serve as the final tuneup before the regular season. But projected starting quarterback Tre Williams suffered an elbow injury that left the Cougars without a passer to open the season.
Lewis, a career running back, had thrown passes at the JV level, and that was good enough for Cobb, who was in a pinch and named Lewis the team’s new quarterback at the start of the season. (Read more)