The Cowboys were saved by the foot of Griffen Bone who kicked a 25-yard field goal as time expired to beat the 2A Millard Eagles 18-15 last Friday night. Coach Quarnberg said, “It’s been good to see us able to pull off close wins. It should help us down the road.” The Cowboys scored 11 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, including a late score and a two-point conversion to steal the game away from the Eagles who led 15-7 late in the game.
The Cowboys first score didn’t come until the second quarter on a pass from Bone to Kason Janes to give them the 7-0 lead going into the half. The Eagles came out in the third quarter and scored and converted a two-point play to make it an 8-7 ballgame and found the end-zone again in the fourth quarter to take the 15-7.
With six minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys tied it up on a run by Parker Franklin who had another outstanding night rushing for 107 yards. Down 15- 13 still, with six minutes left, Bone found senior newcomer Derek Brown on a quick out to tie the game at 15 apiece.
On the ensuing kickoff, Bone squibbed it off a Millard defender and the Cowboys recovered the ball. The Cowboys squandered a great opportunity to take the lead and gave the ball back to the Eagles, but the Cowboys were able to come up with four defensive stops to force the Eagles to punt. The Cowboys took over at the fifty-yard line with two minutes left. The boys were able to get in field goal range where Coach called a timeout with two second left. Trusting the foot of Bone and the hike-snap duo of Karter Ramsay and Lane Sims, Coach Quarnberg elected to kick a field goal for the win, and from 25 yards out, Bone saved the day and gave the Cowboys the 18-15 win.
In a game that was marred by penalties on both sides of the ball, Quarnberg added, “We lacked discipline and focus and that has nothing at all to do with the officials, we have to eliminate the senseless penalties. We work too hard to give yards away.” The Cowboys and the Eagles combined for 18 penalties on the game, with Kanab giving up 92 yards on penalties.
Janes was a monster on defense leading both squads with 18 total tackles, 15 of them without any help and seven tackles for a loss, and two sacks. Quarnberg said of Janes’ night, “Kason Janes had what I think was possibly the best game of his career. He was all over the field.”
Sophomore Nate Stewart returned from an injury last week, to add nine tackles to help out the Cowboy defense.
The Cowboys come back home to face the American Leadership Academy (ALA) from Spanish Fork on Friday, August 26, at 7 p.m. ALA dropped their first two games, first to Gunnison 52-6, and then to Duchesne 66-7.