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MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Cousins-Veterans Memorial rematch goes the Cardinals' way
Cousins hasn't lost since the 2016 NewRock championship game
Jatavius Weaver
Cousins' Jatavius Weaver prepares to throw a stiff arm to a Veterans Memorial player as he looks for running room during the Cardinals' dominating win over the Generals Wednesday. - photo by Sydney Chacon

COVINGTON, Ga. -- The Cousins Cardinals made their case for still being a championship worthy team, with its 22-8 win over Veterans Memorial Wednesday evening in what was a rematch of last year's NewRock championship game. 

Cousins tailback Dontorrie Henderson scored a pair of touchdowns in a dominating performance that pushed the Cardinals to 5-0 overall while extending its win streak to 14 games. 

Wednesday's performance left coach Kenneth Whetstone beaming with pride. 

"It was a great win for us," Whetstone said. "We are undefeated going into our last two weeks of the regular season. If we win the next two games we will end up the first or second seed."

The Cardinals dominated from the beginning as Henderson scored the game's first touchdown, following it up with a 2-point conversion run that gave Cousins an 8-0 lead with 2:20 left in the second quarter. That would be the halftime margin before Cousins would explode for two scores in the third quarter. 

The first was from Henderson, who found the end zone on a 25-yard scamper. Then it was Zachary Harden connecting with Johnny Salter on a touchdown pass that extended the Cardinals' lead to 22-0 before Veterans was able to get on the board by scoring a touchdown with just 1:46 left in the game. 

Despite the loss, Veterans coach Dante English remained upbeat about his team's chances at playing for a title. 

"This loss doesn't stop us," English said. "We have liberty and Clements next. We'll get back to the drawing board. We play in a four-team playoff system, and if we win out, we should get the third or fourth seed. We just have to tackle better and be more physical. That's what we'll work on next week."