2012-09-20 / Sports

Fulton County Cowboys Repor t

By Pete Hall

Varsity

The Varsity Cowboys found their way back to the win column with a 27-25 win over the Juniata Valley Eagles. The game provided one of the more exciting finishes in recent memory, including a huge early lead by one team, long touchdown highlights, big defensive plays, and a furious comeback that fell just short.

The Cowboys started the day on a roll. Facing fourthand two on their first series, Brycen Hohman found a huge hole behind the right side of the Cowboy line for a 55- yard touchdown run. Hohman added the extra point on another keeper. The Eagles turned the ball over on downs in the ensuing possession, where the Cowboys quickly extended their lead. Brice Feagley sprinted down the right sideline on the first play for a 52-yard touchdown run, and followed that run with the point-after conversion. With the Eagles now on their heels, the Cowboy defense dug in. A short run followed by a holding penalty put the Eagles in a third-and- 17 situation, where Feagley again turned in the big play. Feagley snared the screen pass and returned it for a touchdown, and D’Amonte Loreman followed this score with a PAT run. The Cowboy lead now stretched to 21-0.

Reeling from the first several possessions, Juniata Valley snapped back to life on a 52-yard touchdown run. Cale Harman led the Cowboy line to stuff the PAT try, holding the Cowboy lead at 21-6. With the Eagles appearing to claim momentum, Tyaire Durant had an answer. Durant took the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, aided by a crushing block by Zane Webber. This point-after attempt fell just short, but the Cowboys lead was back to three scores at 27-6.

Juniata Valley answered quickly, turning a third-down situation into a 42-yard pass touchdown. Lane Ulsh provided the big hit on this point-after attempt, holding the Cowboy lead at 27-12. Feeling the momentum and sensing an opportunity to close the score near halftime, the Eagles attempted an onside kick. Brendan Lupey covered the attempt for the Cowboys, and neither team could score before the half.

The Eagles maintained their momentum through halftime and opened the third quarter on the attack. In what appeared to be a touchdown run on the far sideline, the Cowboys poked the ball loose for a fumble, which Shane Schepis recovered at the Cowboys’ own one-yard line. However, a turnover by the Cowboys handed the ball right back to the Eagles at the Cowboy 11-yard line at the end of the third period. The first play of the final quarter was another scoring pass by the Eagles, closing the score to 27-18.

The Eagles once again tried an onside kick, and Brendan Lupey, once again, came up with the recovery. Following one first- down conversion, the Cowboys surrendered the ball on downs. The Eagles went back on the attack with a halfback pass, and only a touchdown saving tackle by Aurora Webber kept the ball at the Cowboys’ 28- yard line. The Eagles would not be denied on their next pass attempt, converting another touchdown and then a point-after to close the score to 27-25 with the clock winding down on the fourth quarter.

The third time proved to be the charm for Juniata Valley, as they were able to recover their final onside kick. The Cowboy defense dug in for a final attempt to preserve the victory. Lane Ulsh bulled through the line on first down to nail the Eagle ballcarrier for a five-yard loss. The Eagles answered with a 12-yard run to set up thirdand 2. The Eagles used a timeout with 25 seconds remaining. Following the pause, the Eagles converted a wide-receiver screen for the first down while the clock continued to tick. A halfback pass fell incomplete just out of the reach of Cowboy defender, giving the Eagles one last chance to steal the victory. Juniata Valley tried to catch the Cowboys sleeping with a quarterback keeper, but Brice Feagley stuffed the run as time expired.

The nail-biter evens the Cowboys’ record at 2-2. Fulton County’s teams visit Southern Huntingdon next Saturday. The teams will play at the Southern Huntingdon High School stadium, starting with a flag game at 3:30 p.m., junior varsity tackle at 5:30 p.m., and varsity at 7:30 p. m. Senior players and cheerleaders will be recognized between the junior varsity and varsity games.

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