Colts Buck Cowboys
Woodcock Valley’s Colts seized control of the Southern Huntingdon Pee Wee Football Varsity division on Saturday with a 27-6 victory over the Fulton County Cowboys. The two teams entered the showdown with matching 3-0 records.
Woodcock controlled the action from the get-go, stifling the Cowboys’ offense on their initial drives. The Colts broke the scoring column in the first quarter, fueled by a long pass to set up field position deep in Cowboy territory leading to the eventual touchdown. Dylan Everts and Nathan Marry pressured the Colts quarterback on the extra point attempt, forcing an incomplete pass and setting the score at 6-0.
The Colts score seemed to awaken the Cowboys offense, as they answered with an effective drive deep into Colt territory. The drive stalled when Chase Novak was stopped short on a fourth-down run. While the Cowboys looked to capitalize on the swing in field position, Woodcock sprung a bit of trickeration, lining up four receivers to one side of the formation and shooting a screen pass to one of the wideouts. The Colt receiver followed his convoy of blockers for another quick score, with the extra point good. Woodcock tacked on another score before the half to lead 20-0 at the break.
The Cowboys mustered their pride at halftime and refused to go away. The Cowboy defense took control of the line of scrimmage in the third quarter, fueled by Everts and Bryce Ulsh on the inside and Novak and Marry on the outside. Following a Colt turnover, the Cowboy offense looked to post their first points of the day. Aaron Schepis provided the spark, taking a handoff from Novak and breaking multiple tackles before finding 45 yards of open grass leading to the endzone. Novak followed with the extra point on a quarterback keeper, and the Cowboys seemed to be stealing the momentum.
The defense maintained pressure on the Colts. After a bit of a drive into Cowboy territory, the Cowboy defense dug in their heels. Fueled by another Everts sack, the Cowboys forced fourth and long. After a Colt fumble and Cowboy recovery, Fulton County now firmly had the momentum. However, an uncharacteristic botched handoff exchange put the ball back on the ground, this time recovered by the Colts, along with the Cowboy momentum. Woodcock tacked on a late score to make the final 26-7.
The regular season schedule provides no rematch between Fulton County and Woodcock. To get their shot at redemption, the Cowboys will have to wait for the playoffs, conceivably until the Super Bowl on October 30 at Juniata Valley High School.
The Cowboys look to right their ship next Saturday with a showdown against perennial league power Southern Huntingdon Lions at VFW field in Huntingdon. Varsity kickoff is slated for 9:30.
JV Colts stampede Cowboys
The Woodcock Valley Colts JVs took notes from their varsity counterparts, scoring early and often en - route to a victory over the Fulton County Cowboys.
The Colts used strong defensive pressure to stuff the Cowboy offense, continually hitting ball carriers before they could get to the line of scrimmage. Meanwhile, the Colt offense was highly efficient, scoring on their first offensive play from scrimmage and keeping the pressure on throughout the first half.
The Cowboys found the scoring column early in the second half, fueled by a long run on a keeper by QB Grayson Hall. RB Bryce Kylor then punched in the score, followed by Doogie Garlock with the extra point.
The Cowboy defense also stepped up play in the second half, with outstanding plays turned in by Weston Brunner, Zain Webber, and Kole Kendall. Webber also recovered a fumble in the second half.
The JV squad faces off against the Southern Huntingdon JV Lions next Saturday, with kickoff scheduled for 11:00.
The two Fulton County flag football teams squared off in McConnellsburg on Sunday, marking the first games in Fulton County this fall. White prevailed, running their record to 3-1 on the season, while Silver falls to 0-3.
Touchdowns were scored by Payton Kendall, Jesse Sheeder, Brandon Shippy, Parker Gearhart, Zander Sipes, Adam Souders, Lucas Falkosky, and Landon Seiders.