Cougars suffer second straight shutout

By Jeff Stalhut

If you do not move the ball, you cannot score. If you cannot score, you cannot win.

That simple set of rules applies to every football team out there — professional, college or in this case high school — and no team is more aware of those guidelines right now than the Affton Cougars.

Only able to muster 52 yards of total offense against the 4-0 Ladue Rams, Affton saw its record drop to 2-2 on the year after suffering its second straight shutout of the season last Thursday night, 15-0.

Affton coach Dan Oliver says that despite the lack of offense from the Cougars, the defense has remained a bright spot.

“Our defense played very well again,” he said. “They were very stingy, but a couple of things didn’t go our way early on. That could have helped give us some mo-mentum.”

Unable to move the ball effectively has hurt Affton in each of the past two games, and the team must find its scoring touch if they are going to get back on the track.

On Saturday, the Cougars will take on Festus, who come into the game with a record of 3-1. Oliver believes Affton can succeed if they can execute.

The game starts at 1 p.m., Saturday at Affton High School, 8309 Mackenzie Road.