The Kanab Cowboys picked up their first win of the young season last Friday night with a convincing 41-19 rout of North Sevier in Salina.

Head coach Bucky Orton was especially proud of the way his seniors stepped up. After last week’s game against Virgin Valley, Orton challenged his seniors, saying the team would only go as far as the seniors would lead them, calling out several of them.

Orton said, “Kyson McBride really took it to heart and played a great game. Lineman Dan Chamberlain also stepped up and was a stud on the line.”

Senior quarterback Kade Quarnberg, who saw action for the first time this season after suffering a broken collarbone seven weeks ago, came back with a bang, throwing four touchdowns to lead Kanab’s suddenly explosive offense.

Although coach Orton was planning to play his senior quarterback only three or four series, Quarnberg was forced to play the whole game when his back-up, sophomore Brandon Jenson, was injured in the JV game on Thursday. Orton praised Quarnberg’s leadership on the field.

McBride caught two TD passes from Quarnberg, and also returned an interception 30 yards for another touchdown. He snagged six passes for 124 yards receiving.

The Cowboys ran up 426 yards of total offense, with Quarnberg throwing for 166 yards, completing 8 of 18 passes. He also threw TD passes to Cody Barber and Braden Crosby.

Kyle Livingston paced the ground attack with 105 yards rushing on 16 carries, before leaving the game in the third quarter with a knee injury. The Cowboys racked up 270 yards rushing on 46 carries. Josh Child ran for 59 yards on 11 carries and Cody Barber gained 48 yards on six carries.

North Sevier got on the scoreboard first when running back Hales ran 16 yards for a touchdown. With 1:38 left in the first period, Kanab’s defense tied the game up when McBride picked off an interception and returned it 30 yards to knot the game at 7-7.

The Cowboys took their first lead of the game when Quarnberg and McBride hooked up for their first touchdown pass, from 27 yards out. It was the Cowboy’s first offensive touchdown of the season. With the Barber extra point kick, Kanab led 14-7.

With 1:01 left until halftime, Quarnberg connected with Crosby from 32 yards out, scoring their third touchdown of the game to give Kanab a 20-7 halftime lead.

The Cowboys added to their lead in the third quarter when Quarnberg threw a 10 yard scoring pass to Barber with 6:14 left to play. After a two-point conversion, Kanab led 28-7.

But the scoring-starved Cowboys weren’t done yet. Six seconds into the final period, Child scampered nine yards for another touchdown to make the score 34-7.

After a North Sevier touchdown, Kanab added one more score on a one yard pass from Quarnberg to McBride with 4:42 left in the game. The Wolves added one last score in the final minute to make the final 41-19.

Coach Orton said, “We had a great week of practice and the team was well-prepared. The guys really stepped up and I’m proud of them.”

Although the Cowboys were much improved from their first two games, they still have a few things to work on. They were flagged for 104 yards on 14 penalties and lost three fumbles to the Wolves.

This Friday night, Kanab hosts Moapa Valley with kickoff set for 7 p.m. at Arlyn Hafen Stadium. Come on out and root for your home team Cowboys!