Injured Cougars fall, 35-0
WAYNESBURG — Charleroi continued to be plagued by injuries in a 35-0 loss at Waynesburg in the Class AA Interstate Conference.
Senior lineman John Maraldo was lost for the season with a broken leg and Travis Karlowsky, playing in his first action at fullback, didn’t return after injuring his ankle in the first half. The Cougars were dealing with several other previous injuries.
I had so many kids hurt tonight, we were scrambling,” Charleroi coach Nick Milchovich said. “I guess we ran out of the athletic tape in the second half, to use a figure of speech.”
The Cougars (0-2, 1-4) dominated time of possession in the first half, but only had a missed field goal and a 6-0 halftime deficit to show for it.
The Raiders (2-1, 4-1) rolled off 29 second-half points, including a touchdown on a Mike Cox fumble recovery in the end zone and two scoring runs by Brandon Phillips.
“I bet we had the ball 16 or 17 minutes in that first half,” Milchovich said. “I’m proud of these kids; they kept coming back, but we just ran out of bodies.”
Collin Medved led the Cougars with 114 yards on 19 rushes.