Bulldogs stymie Cowboy attack

By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
Bulldogs stymie Cowboy attack
SHOESTRING — Cowboy sophomore running back Joe Ries is brought down after a short gain on Saturday on a shoestring tackle by a Choteau defender. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
   On Saturday, the Choteau Bulldogs came to Conrad for a Homecoming matchup that doubled as Senior Day.  The game turned out to be more of a Choteau celebration than a Conrad one as the Bulldogs rolled over the Conrad Cowboys 38-8.
   Head Coach Joe Moerkerke commented on the tough loss, “We can’t continue to worry about games in the past, all we can do is concentrate on Cascade this week and try to get a couple of wins to close out the season and gain a little momentum.”
   In a game where the weather was below freezing, the running game of both teams proved to be the reason for the outcome.  The Cowboys managed minus 10 yards rushing on 20 carries.  
   Conrad obviously missed senior tailback Brandon Philipps as he suffered a slight tear in his PCL ligament in his knee last week.
   For the Bulldogs, Adam DeBruycker ran for five TDs and 156 yards to lead the way to victory.
   The Bulldogs led 6-0 after the first quarter and then really poured it on in the second and third quarters as they built their lead to 38-0 heading into the final period.
   The Cowboys ended the Bulldogs shutout bid with seven seconds left in the game as Josiah Moerkerke found Bryce Watterud for a nice 35 yard catch and run for the touchdown.
   The game was a tough emotional loss as it was the last time the seniors would suit up in front of the home crowd.  
   The loss dropped the Cowboys 1-5 on the season and 0-4 in conference officially ending their hopes of a playoff berth.
   For the game, the Cowboy offense totaled 146 yards.  
   J. Moerkerke passed for 156 yards and a TD.  He also led the team in rushing with 11 yards on 13 carries as the Choteau defense stymied the Conrad rushing attack all game.
   Nate Gage paced the receivers with seven catches for 67 yards.  Watterud had 41 yards receiving on two catches and the game’s only touchdown.  Ben Moerkerke had three catches for 39 yards.
   On the defensive side of the ball, Conrad gave up 380 yards, but did force two turnovers.
   Joe Ries had an interception and a forced fumble and Watterud had a fumble recovery.
   Paul O’Brien led the team in tackles with 17, followed by Lucas Schultz with 16.  Rhett Orcutt, Watterud, Chase Cork, and Boyd Matheson tied for third in tackles with 11 apiece.
   On Thursday, the Cowboys travel to Cascade to take on the Badgers in the last conference game of the year.  
   The Cowboys and Badgers will be playing for bragging rights as both teams try and avoid ending up in the cellar of District 1B.