Steelers Edge Cowboys In HCPWFL Opener
Saturday, August 27, Fulton County’s Cowboys faced off against the Huntingdon Steelers in the first game of the 2011 Huntingdon County Pee Wee Football season. The Cowboys received the opening kickoff. Capitalizing on big runs from Dylan Gordon and Aaron Schepis, the Cowboys knocked on the door of the endzone before the Steelers forced a fumble through the end zone for a turnover and touchback. Chase Novak intercepted the Steelers’ fourth-down pass on the ensuing possession to put the Cowboy offense back on the field. The Cowboys then surrendered the ball on a fumble, and the Steelers immediately capitalized with a long run off the left side for a touchdown. The extra point attempt was successful, giving the Steelers a 7-0 lead at halftime.
The Cowboy defense stuffed the Steelers on the opening drive of the second half. After the turnover on downs, Novak found Gordon on swing pass for a touchdown. The point-after attempt was not successful, setting the score at 7-6.
The teams then traded possessions carrying the game into the fourth quarter. Facing a long fourth down with approximately 4:45 in the game, the Cowboys attempted another pass that fell unsuccessful. As the Steelers took over on downs, the Cowboys needed a big play for a chance to win. Following a Steeler first down, they got their big play. The defensive line created a huge push into the Steeler backfield, forcing a fumble recovered by Gordon to give the Cowboys one last chance with just under two minutes remaining.
Novak heaved a long pass to Gordon, who outbattled three Steelers to tip the ball and make the catch. A swing pass to Schepis then put the Cowboys on the doorstep of the end zone with a first-andgoal from the two. Following two unsuccessful tries, the Cowboys faced third and goal with nine ticks on the game clock. Novak fired a strike across the middle that tipped off several Cowboy and Steeler hands before settling in the hands of a Steelers defensive back. The Steeler then took a knee to run out the clock and secure the 7-6 victory.
The Cowboys return to action next Saturday, facing Mount Union at 9:30 a.m.
In junior varsity action, Huntingdon claimed a 14-2 victory over the Cowboys. Fulton County’s score came on a safety by Shane Schepis. The JV Cowboys also face Mount Union next Saturday. Approximate game time will be 11 a.m.