Worth County (1-2) took an early lead in Adel Friday, but couldn't hold on to it as the Rams suffered their second loss of the season, 28-7, to 1-AA Cook County (2-1).
The Rams, who gave the Hornets some trouble last year, took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a three-yard run by senior RB Ellis Anderson. But it was all Cook after that as Worth could not take advantage of first-half opportunities, going into the half down, 12-7.
"You want to play close and give yourself a chance to win in the second half," said Worth coach Scotty Ward. "We had our opportunities to score in the first half -- I actually think we could have put 21 points on the board."
Penalties and mental mistakes, however, on both sides of the ball, got the better of Worth, which moved the ball in the first 24 minutes, racking up nine first downs, but couldn't capitalize.
"When mistakes happen, it takes away from your momentum and it just kills you," said Ward.
The second half was all Cook, which controlled the clock for the remainder of the game, finishing with 394 total yards -- 219 on the ground.
"We just couldn't adjust properly on defense," said senior CB Savon Farley.
With Worth's offense only earning one first down the second half, the defense spent a lot of time on the field.
"You can't keep your defense on the field," said Ward. "When you start to get a little fatigued and tired, it gets a little easier to run the ball. That's exactly what (Cook) did."
The Rams now look ahead to next week, when neighboring Tift County (3-1) comes to Milt Miller Field.