Cowboys Last Stand Preserves Overtime Victory
Fulton County’s Varsity Cowboys took to the gridiron again Saturday, bringing their 2-0 record up against the North Huntingdon Steelers. The Cowboys started the game without the services of starting running back Owen Hawkins and starting lineman Colton Deshong, both lost to injury for the week.
The Cowboys received the opening kickoff, and the offense came out firing. Quarterback Chase Novack opened with 5-of-5 passing on the initial drive, distributing the ball to Aaron Schepis, Quintin Miller and Cole Plessinger. While moving the ball effectively on the opening posession, the Cowboys were unable to produce points. Both defenses won the remainder of the first half, holding the game scoreless at halftime. Cowboy defensive highlights of the first half included stopping the Steelers on fourth-and-short on their opening drive, as DT Bryce Ulsh, returning from injury, and S Matt Huston combined to stop the Steelers. Late in the second half, DT Nathan Loreman came up the big defensive play, stopping the Steeler drive with under two minutes in the half.
The Steelers opened the second half with the ball, and their offense knocked the Cowboy defense on its heels. With the Steelers driving deep into Cowboy territory, Dylan Everetts came up with yet another big tackle for loss on third-and-short. Faced with a long fourth down conversion, the Steelers tried a swing pass that was picked off by LB Cole Plessinger. Plessinger made a huge return, but the return was called back for a block in the back.
Despite the penalty, the Cowboy offense capitalized on the swing in momentum, methodically marching the ball down the field behind the running of Schepis. Schepis capped the drive with a three-yard touchdown run. Chase Novack then converted the extra point behind the huge block of Nathan Marry.
With only 2:30 on the clock following the score, the Cowboys kicked off with an opportunity to wrap up another victory. North Huntingdon had other ideas, as they nearly broke the return for a touchdown. Garret Danfelt made a touchdown saving tackle near the Cowboys 35- yard line. Only two plays later, the Steelers broke a long run to the Cowboy one yard line, then pounded a run up the middle for a touchdown on the next play. Another run up the middle for the point-after tied the score, which remained deadlocked 7-7 at the end of regulation.
Overtime followed the PIAA format, with each team given an opportunity to score from the opponents 10-yard line. The Cowboys won the toss and opted to take the ball. It took only two plays for the Cowboys to recapture the lead, with Novack converting the touchdown and point-after on run plays to put the Cowboys ahead 14-7.
North Huntingdon again answered, taking three plays to reach the endzone, needing only the point after to force a second overtime. The Cowboy defense dug deep and made one last stand on the day, with Everetts, DT Matt Henson, and DB Quintin Miller combining to stop the Steelers attempt and preserve the 14-13 victory.
The win runs the Cowboy record to 3-0 and sets up a week four showdown versus the also undefeated Woodcock Valley Colts at 12:30 p.m. next Saturday. The Cowboys and Colts are the only remaining undefeated teams.
JV Cowboys fall
The FC JV Cowboys continued their strong defensive play, holding the North Huntingdon Steelers without an offensive touchdown on Saturday. Unfortunately, the Steelers found the endzone by returning an interception for a score. Both teams also recorded safeties in the game, setting the final score at 8-2. The JV Cowboys return to action next week against the Woodcock Colts immediately following the varsity game.
Flag football report
SH Gray 32 FC Cowboys White 20. SH Gray claimed an important victory over FC White on Sunday, handing the White Cowboys their first loss of the season. SH Gray moves to 3-0 on the season. White’s offense was powered again by Landon Seiders. Seiders scored two touchdowns on the day and converted one extra point. Parker Gearhart added the other Cowboy touchdown and also converted an extra point.
SH Blue 52 FC Cowboys Silver 6. Payton Kendall scored a touchdown for the Silver Cowboys on Sunday. Flag football returns to McConnellsburg Lions Club Park next Sunday, September 19, with a noon kickoff as the Fulton County flag teams square off against one another.