CUMBERLAND - The Western Maryland Cougars sent the Lancaster Lightning home without any spark as the Cougars put up 55 points in a display of offense and special teams to win 55-12.

The Cougar offense showed a powerful ground game that they usually keep caged up, putting up 323 yards on the ground and only 45 yards in the air on 10 passes. Leading the way for the Cougars was Antwone Jones of Hagerstown with seven carries for 80 yards and two touchdowns, while Bobby Shanholtz, of Frankfort High, Chris Ellis of Hagerstown, and Kevin Shambaugh of Fort Hill put together 155 combined. North Hagerstown's David Minor finished with 80 yards rushing himself, and also threw a touchdown to Charles Sommerville.

Brandon Harden, of Frankfort, led the Cougars stiff defense with eight solo tackles and one sack. Other standouts on defense were Tommy Welsh, of Fort Hill, with four solo tackles, Munjo Walker, of Fort Hill, with three solo tackles, and Norman Cromwell with two solo tackles and a forced fumble.

The show-stopper of the game was Corey Painter with three punt returns for 142 yards and two touchdowns. The Cougars finished with 14 first downs, eight touchdowns, 323 yards rushing, and 45 yards passing.

Next in the Cougars Den will be the Winchester Tigers on July 9, at 3 p.m. The Cougars will be facing off against the coach that brought semi-pro football to the area, Dennis Cornwell (West Virginia All Stars 2001, Tri-State Titans 2002). Cornwell coaches the Winchester (Va.) Tigers from Winchester, Va.

The Cougars will have the honor of hosting the Allegany County Special Olympics softball and basketball teams in the Cougars Den. The players will be introduced at halftime.

The Cougars Den (Greenway Avenue Stadium) gates open at 1:30 p.m. with a $5 admission for adults and $3 for children. Children 12 and under wearing any football jersey will receive free admission.

For more information visit the team's Web site at eteamz.com/wmdcougars.

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