The Cowboy’s had their home opener against the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs on August 30, and were able to get it into gear the second half to pull away for the 34-8 victory. 

The Cowboys and the Bulldogs traded punches throughout the first quarter, but neither team drew blood as the game was tied 0-0 after one quarter. Gunnison struck first in the second quarter when Zach Stewart ripped off a 65-yard touchdown run, followed by a two-point conversion pass from Brandon Tucker to Bryson Sorensen.

The Cowboys answered the score quickly with one of their own, marching it down the field and capping it off with a four-yard TD pass from Sam Orton to Clay Shakespeare.  Both defenses held up the rest of the second, and the Bulldogs took an 8-7 lead to the locker room.

When the game resumed, neither team could get out of their own way. Both teams had good drives derailed by turnovers, which was a common theme in the game as it featured nine combined turnovers.

With one minute left in the third quarter, the Cowboys hit pay dirt once again on a Trey Chatterley 10-yard scamper. The two-point conversion was off target, but the Cowboy’s took the lead 13-8.

The Cowboy’s defense took over in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs coughed up an early fumble caused by the Cowboy’s leading tackler, Shakespeare, and was recovered by Orton in the end zone for a touchdown, putting the Cowboys up 20-8 after a Jackman point after A Bulldog punt then was returned 40 yards by Drew Hafen for another Cowboy touchdown making it 27-8. 

Finally, a bad snap from the Bulldogs was picked up and taken to the house by Michael Warino for the final Cowboy touchdown of the night, giving the Cowboys their final score of 34-8.

The Cowboy’s have moved into fifth place in the rankings, and will welcome the third ranked Millard Eagles on Friday. Come out and support the team!