2011-10-13 / Sports

Cowboys Cap Outstanding Regular Season

Lane Kendall (14) runs the ball during second-half action against the Vikings. Lane Kendall (14) runs the ball during second-half action against the Vikings. The Cowboys placed an exclamation point on their best regular season since football was re-established in Fulton County just four years ago. In a rematch with the Mount Union Vikings, the Cowboys left no doubt to the validity of their number two ranking in the league with a 32-12 victory.

Dylan Gordon set the tone immediately for the Cowboys, returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown. After the Vikings surrendered the ball on downs, quarterback Chase Novack found Gordon for his second score of the day as the two connected on a 33- yard touchdown pass. Gordon added the point-after on a run play, staking the Cowboys to a 13-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Cowboys continued to control the game as the second quarter began. Following a Viking punt, Aaron Schepis broke a 55-yard touchdown run, advancing the Cowboy lead to 19-0. The Vikings then rallied, ticking off three first downs to advance the ball deep into Cowboy territory. Garrett Danfelt made his best effort to stop the drive, stuffing a reverse for a loss, but the Vikings eventually scored on a short touchdown run. Danfelt followed the score by again blowing through the Viking line to stuff the PAT. The Cowboys immediately answered the score. Novack broke a long run on a quarterback keeper to create a first and goal from the four yard line. Schepis punched in the touchdown, followed by a sweep to Matthew Huston for the PAT. The Cowboys took the 26-6 lead to the half.

The Vikings were able to punch in another score in the second half to close to within 26-12, but the Cowboys answered immediately as Gordon scored his third touchdown of the day on another kickoff return.

The Cowboys close the regular season with a 5-2 record and the second seed in the standings, earning a bye in the first round of the playoffs to be held on October 15. The Cowboys return to action on October 22, needing one victory to reach their first-ever Super Bowl.

Cowboys corral Colts

Saturday, October 1: Cold. Raining. Muddy. All the ingredients for a good day to stay indoors unless you are a Fulton County Cowboy. The Cowboys returned to the gridiron at Veteran’s Field in Huntingdon to face off against the Woodcock Valley Colts. Conditions immediately turned the game into a defensive struggle, and it was fitting that a defensive touchdown decided the outcome.

The Colts’ defense controlled play in the first half, as the Cowboys struggled to make positive yards during their offensive possessions. Meanwhile, the Colt offense found some success. On two occasions, the Colts marched deep into Cowboy territory but could not break the Cowboys. A turnover on downs and a fumble recovery by Koltin Deshong ended the two threats, taking the teams to the half muddy, soaked and scoreless.

Midway through the third quarter, the Colts rolled the dice with a special formation designed for a pass. The Cowboys were ready, and Dylan Gordon jumped the pass for an interception. Gordon outran the Colt wide receiver along the Cowboy sideline for the touchdown. Following a false start penalty on the initial point after attempt, Chase Novack found Aaron Schepis open on the far side. Schepis snared the pass and made a dive for the pylon, just converting the try for a 7-0 Cowboy lead.

The defense continued to bend but refused to break, stopping another Colts’ drive with a Novack interception. As time dwindled in the game, the Colts made a final defensive stand, forcing a Cowboy punt. Punter Schepis nailed a long kick over the head of the Colt returner. After finally chasing down the kick, the returner spun away from the first Cowboy defender only to be met by Schepis with a crushing tackle. Pinned deep in their own territory, the Colts spent their final timeout and then made several incomplete pass attempts before surrendering the ball for the final time.

The win runs the Cowboys’ record to 4-2 on the season.

In JV action, Woodcock claimed a 20-7 victory over the Cowboys. Logan Deshong scored the Cowboys’ touchdown.

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