The Kanab Cowboys lost their season opener last Friday evening on the road at Richfield 6-0. The game was a defensive struggle, but the Cowboys had plenty of chances to get into the end zone. They had first and goal on four separate occasions and came up empty on each try.

Coach Bucky Orton was extremely pleased with the kids’ effort. “We played with so much heart. Our defense was awesome,” said Orton.

“We had our chances, but just couldn’t get over the goal line,” Orton added. “I am real excited. It looks like we could have a great season.”

Wildcat QB Brandon Willardson scored the games only touchdown on a two yard run in the second quarter with 3:25 left in the first half. The play capped a 55 yard drive on 10 plays.

In the defensive battle, Kanab picked up nine first downs, while holding Richfield to eight.

Even though Brandon Southwick ran the ball for 108 yards on four carries, Kanab could only manage 74 total yards rushing. Southwick also had six catches for 34 yards. Layne Anderson hauled in eight passes for 86 yards.

Soph QB Monte Glover comleted 19 of 37 passes for 172 yards, but had two intercepted.

Aaron Foster led the defensive charge with 12 tackles and an interception, while brother Alex had 10, including two for losses and one QB sack.

But the loss came down to the Cowboys lack of execution in the red zone.

This Friday Kanab hosts Beaver in the home opener, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.