The Kanab Cowboys could not stop a potent Monticello running game last Friday night, losing their last region game of the season, 27-14. Four costly turnovers in the game didn’t help either, with two of them coming inside Monticello’s 10 yard line.

Even with the loss, Kanab is the #1 seed from the south region and will host Milford on Friday, November 1 at Arlyn Hafen Stadium, with a 6 p.m. kickoff. If they beat Milford, they will play the winner of Rich and Monticello on Saturday, November 9 at SUU in Cedar City at 1:30 p.m.

Monticello wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, taking the opening kickoff and driving 62 yards, with the touchdown coming on a 36 yard run by Hunter Bowring. After a Kanab punt, the Bucks scored again, this time on a 43 yard dash by Makade Maloy.

Kanab was primed to score early in the second quarter with the ball on the Monticello eight yard line when the Bucks intercepted a Merrill Terry pass in the end zone. Kanab’s defense held and forced a punt. The Cowboys put together another nice drive, but once again, they turned the ball over, this time on the Bucks 12 yard line. It took one play for Monticello to score, as running back Austin Maloy broke through the line and went untouched 88 yards to the end zone. The extra point kick made it 20-0.

Kanab finally got on the scoreboard with 3:49 left in the second quarter when Terry ran it in from one yard out. The big play on the scoring drive was a 32 yard pass play from Terry to Luke Crosby, who was tackled at the one. Kanab trailed 20-7 at the break.

Kanab held the first Buck drive to force a punt. The Cowboys drove down the field, looking to score, when Crosby fumbled at the Monticello 17. The Bucks recovered and drove down the field, scoring early in the fourth period on an 18 yard run by Maughan.

Kanab quickly drove down to the Bucks 25 yard line, when Terry fumbled the ball. Kanab’s “D” held, and forced another punt. Kanab drove down and scored on a 12 yard pass from Terry to Hadin Jones to make the final score 27-14.

Kanab and Monticello both had 18 first downs, but the Bucks ran for 394 yards, with two runners going over 100 yards. Kanab had 149 yards rushing and 185 yards passing.

If Kanab is going to make a run in the 1A State Football playoffs, they have to stop turning the ball over. It may work against Milford, but it won’t fly against Rich, Monticello or Duchesne.