Cowboys Open With Victory
The varsity Cowboys opened the season with a come-from-behind victory over perennial contender Juniata Valley Eagles.
The Cowboys started the game on their heels, as the Eagles snatched the opening kickoff and nearly broke the return for a touchdwon. Defensive back Danny Booth made a touchdown-saving tackle. The Cowboy defense then turned back the Eagles, highlighted by a huge third down tackle from DT Nathan Loreman that turned a third-and-short situation deep in Cowboy territory into fourth-and-long for the Eagles. The defense remained strong throughout the first half, forcing turnovers on a fumble recovered by LB Garret Danfelt and an interception by DE Chase Novak. Juniata Valley managed to break the scoring column late in the first half with a five-yard burst off tackle for the touchdown. The Eagles converted the point after attempt to take the 7-0 lead.
On the ensuing kick off, Aaron Schepis answered the Eagles’ touchdown, fielding the kick, following the block of LB Austin Schreiver, and racing down the far sideline. The point – after try failed, and 7-6 score held until halftime.
The Cowboy defense continued to turn away the Eagles in the second half, but the Eagles’ defense matched the Cowboys’ success. Neither team could generate a scoring drive late into the game. With the score still locked at 7-6 and the Cowboys facing an impossible fourth down, Aaron Schepis boomed a long punt to pin the Eagles deep in their own territory. The Cowboy defense then turned in their biggest series of the game, as DT Dylan Everts nailed the Eagles’ ball carrier for a four-yard loss on first down. On second down, Everts again turned in the big play, forcing a fumble that DT Bryce Ulsh recovered in the endzone for the go-ahead touchdown. Owen Hawkins then followed Cole Plessinger into the endzone to convert the point after try, giving the Cowboys a 13-7 lead late in the game.
The Eagles would not go quietly. Driving deep into Cowboy territory with less than two minutes to go, the Cowboy defense dug in for one last stop, handing the ball back to the offense after a fourth-down stop inside their own 20 with less than a minute to go.
The Cowboys return to action next Saturday, facing the Mount Union Vikings at 12:30 p.m. in Huntingdon.
JV Cowboys drop opener
The JV Fulton County Cowboys couldn’t match the varsity on opening day, dropping the first JV game by a 12-6 final to the Juniata Valley Eagles.
The Eagles scored early with a running touchdown, but failed to convert the extra point. The Cowboy offense then started to find a rhythm, with Josh Booth breaking a huge run for an apparent touchdown. The score was negated by a clip, but Booth was not to be denied. Two plays later, he broke another long run, and this time the touchdown stood. The Cowboys failed on the point-after attempt, setting the halftime score at 6-6.
Juniata Valley found its running game again in the second half, punching in another score to take a 12-6 lead. Meanwhile, the Cowboys offense self destructed, committing penalties every time it started to gain offensive momentum. Logan Deshong forced a late fumble by Juniata Valley that was recovered by the Cowboys, but they were unable to move the ball for the tying score.
The JV Cowboys look to break the win column next Saturday, taking on the Mount Union Vikings at 2:00 p.m. in Huntingdon.
FC White 20 MU White 6
Landon Seiders led the Cowboys attack with two touchdowns, two extra points and two interceptions in the first half. The Cowboys continued their assault in the second half, highlighted by an interception by Colton Mellott and a touchdown by Zander Sipes. The White Cowboys return to action next Sunday against Mount Union Purple at Mount Union at 4 p.m.
MU Gold 41 FC Silver 12
After a scoreless first half for the Silver squad, Skyler Loreman and Carter Suders punched in second-half touchdowns for the Silver Cowboys. The Silver Cowboys are idle next Sunday.