ADEL -- Despite a slow start, the Cook High Hornets had no trouble against the Berrien High Rebels Friday night. Cook went to 2-0 in Region 2-AA with a 54-7 prep football win over the visiting Rebels.
"We got out on them pretty good. We had some new stuff on offense and defense and it took a little while to get going," said Cook coach George Dean.
Linebacker Joaquim Gear was missing due to injury and he was replaced by freshman Maurice Thomas.
"They found him quick and took advantage of him, but he started making the right reads and they didn't adjust," said Dean.
With the score at 0-0 In the middle of the first quarter, Berrien quarterback Jordan Stokes made a bad pitch that was recovered by Cook's Scott Williams on the Rebel 32. Four plays later, Anthony Morris went in from 16 yards out for Cook's first touchdown of the evening. Matt Dobbins added the point after and the score was 7-0 with 4:51 left in the first quarter.
The floodgates then opened for Cook as Anthony Mason scored on a 39-yard touchdown run to begin the second quarter. The Hornets added touchdowns in the second quarter on 64-yard pass from Thomas Arnold to Neal Jones, a one-yard run by Andrel Lane and 25-yard run by Morris. Those touchdowns made the score 32-0 at the half.
"We came out and had some positive plays and a couple of drives to start the game," said Berrien coach Don Jarrett. "But they are a physical football team and they just whipped us."
The only score in the third quarter came on a 61-yard run by Morris with 1:12 left. The Dobbins point after made the score 39-0.
Cook then scored on its first two plays of the fourth quarter. Lane scored on a 17-yard run and on a 32-yard pass from Ty Goff to Seddrick McCormick.
With the score 52-0 late in the game, Berrien fans finally had a reason to cheer, as Stokes went around right end for a 60-yard touchdown run. Stokes also added the point-after and the score was 52-7 with 4:27 left in the game.
The teams then played out the string, as neither team scored again.
Morris had six carries for 138 yards to lead Cook. Mason added four carries for 51 yards for the Hornets. Cook ended the game with 34 carries for 269 yards rushing. Quarterback Thomas Arnold was 3-for-6 for 85 yards, while Goff was 2-for-3 for 61 yards. McCormick caught both Goff completions for the 61 yards.
Stokes was 4-for-15 for 52 yards in passing for Berrien. He also had nine carries for 53 yards. Berrien put up 146 yards of offense in the game.
"Our kids hung in there and fought to the end. We just have to go back to work now and get ready for Charlton County next week," said Jarrett.
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