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SIERRA VISTA — The Casa Grande Union Cougars’ wave of momentum from the first half of the year has shown no sign of slowing down in the second half, as The Cougars took care of business on the road with a 42-7 victory against the Buena Colts.

CG Union have had to implement the next-man-up mentality at running back, as senior ball carrier RJ Keeton was forced to be sidelined again due to an ankle injury. Despite not having one of their top offensive threats, the Cougars were still able to light up the scoreboard.

“We are hoping to get (Keeton) back next week, that is the goal right now, but we are still taking it day by day,” said Cougars head coach Jake Barro. “It has been tough without him, obviously he is a difference maker for us. But Nathan Long and Rico Rios have been sharing carries and they both did a good job and stepped up for us when they needed to.”

Senior quarterback Angel Flores continued his elite play, adding four more touchdown throws in tonight’s game.

“(Flores) had a very solid game tonight, he did a really good job at keeping plays alive,” Barro said. “When we started getting pressure, he did a good job at keeping things going. From that standpoint, I think he was very effective tonight.”

Although the Cougars kept their undefeated season alive, Barro said there are always things the team can improve on. With the playoffs getting closer and closer, Barro hopes to tighten some of the screws to make the team a more sound and well rounded group, both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

”The game of football is pretty simple, it really boils down to our pass protection and our offensive line moving their feet better,” Barro said. “When we get that, and our footwork is on point, we are a really good team, and a really effective offensive line. On defense, we need to get as many people to the football as we can. Gang tackling, rallying to the ball, that’s something that we have to stress every week.”

The Cougars moved to 5-0 on the season with the win Friday night, keeping their perfect record still intact. Although Barro is happy with the team’s performance so far this season, he is fully aware that the job is not done, and there is still work to do in order to get to where the team wants to be.

“Obviously the goal is to go undefeated and get to the playoffs, but the other thing you also have to understand is when you are sitting in the driver’s seat, you have a target on your back,” Barro said. “The expectations are very high, so you deal with both sides of it. You are happy that we’re here, we are right where we want to be, but we need to meet those high expectations. There is a lot of hard work that goes into it.”

The Cougars will try to continue to meet those high expectations next week, as they will return home to face off against Sahuaro (0-4).

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David Church is a reporter covering Eloy, Arizona City and sports. He can be reached at dchurch@pinalcentral.com.

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