Harrison Bond looks for the pass during Friday night’s matchup.

The Comets fell to Russell at home Friday, 14-12. West seemed stuck in the mud as the Red Devils pushed in two touchdowns in the first quarter. In the last seconds of the first, Josh Cundiff rushed for a 59-yard TD, but the kick failed, leaving the Comets to trail 14-6. Both teams battled through a sloppy and scoreless second quarter. Cundiff rushed in another touchdown on a 34-yard run with less than five minutes to go in the third quarter. The Comets went for the two-point conversion, but Russell shut them down for the win.

“I thought we played extremely hard,” Coach Kevin Brown said. “We were unable to capitalize a few times and as a result it ended up a close game.”

Harrison Bond’s passing game was off. The junior quarterback went 4-for-18 in the air without gaining any yardage and threw two interceptions. Cundiff led the Comets in rushing yards with 111 in nine carries while Mackenzie McGlone went 66-yards in nine.

West’s defenders put up a great fight, allowing just two touchdowns in the first and shutting Russell down for the rest of the contest.

“I thought defense played very hard,” Brown said. “Guys were flying around and getting to the football.”

West will play host to Morgan County this Friday. The Cougars are 1-4 on the season, but Brown is not overlooking them.

“I think this game will give us an opportunity to win,” Brown said. “It will be a tough battle because it always is. I wouldn’t expect anything less this Friday night.”

Kickoff on Friday is set for 7:30 p.m.

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