SKY HIGH — Cowboys Lucas Shultz, #57, and Tyler Nelson, #52, go up for a sky-bump at the introduction of players before the Homecoming game with Cascade on Saturday. Number 62 Derek VanLuchene looks on. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
The Conrad Cowboys put a confidence builder in their saddle bags on Saturday afternoon, putting a whippin’ on the Cascade Badgers, 40-12.
Both squads came into the contest looking for their first win of the season and the Cowboys picked up the sweet Homecoming win.
On their opening possessions both teams traded punts. On the Badgers second possession, on a fourth down, they faked a punt and tried to pass to keep the series alive. It didn’t work. Instead they handed Conrad good field position at the 32 yard line.
Quarterback Joe Ries quickly scampered 30 yards to the one yard line. After losing six yards on two plays, Ries packed the ball into the barn, going off the left tackle for eight yards.
Ryan Orcutt booted the PAT and Conrad had a 7-0 lead. They never trailed in the game.
After the kick off, the Badgers started at the 32 yard line and on the first play fumbled the ball. Left end Lucas Schultz picked up the loose ball and in a lineman’s dream, raced 32 yards for a score.
Orcutt again split the uprights and Conrad was up 14-0.
In the second quarter, leading 13-6 Ries took a snap and was looking for a receiver, but was forced to scramble a bit. He got a key block, moved to the left, hit the side lines and it was a race to the end zone that he won. The prize was a 77 yard TD.
Later on Ries would also score on a two yard plunge. He also found receiver Ben Moerkerke open in the end zone on a nifty 42 yard pass play TD. The Cowboys final score came when Colter Knox took a handoff, got around the left end and he too was off to the races, scoring on a 35 yard scamper.
The Cowboys picked up 359 yards of total offense with 302 yards coming from the running game and 57 off of passing.
Knox ran the ball 15 times for 120 yards and one score. Ries carried 16 times for 143 yards and three TDs.
Bryan Barker added 10 yards, Seth Moerkerke nine, Cody Seaman and Logan Gouchenour each picked up six yards, Devin VandenBos ran for seven and Garrett Moritz three.
Ries was 2-6 passing for 57 yards and no interceptions. B. Moerkerke caught both passes for the 57 yards and a TD.
Cascade also had 359 yards of offense, 337 on the ground and 22 in the air, but they also had six turnovers.
On the defensive side, Bryce Watterud had 12 tackles, B. Moerkerke 8.5, Charles Roderick and Sam Larson both had 6.5 tackles. Grant Grubb and Ries each had a pass-pick and Shultz, Tyler Nelson and Larson all recovered fumbles.
Coach Joe Moerkerke commented, “It’s nice to get that first win, now we need to get one more and head into the next season on a two game winning streak.”
Friday night the Cowboys host the Harlem Wildcats in the final regular game of the season. It will also be Senior Night with four players seeing their last action on the field in the outdoor corral.
Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. with the pregame ceremonies just before that.
The Wildcats come in with an 0-4, 1-6 overall record and will be looking for their first conference win in the 2B District. They lost a close contest to Glasgow last week, 20-18.
Conrad moved their record to 1-4, 1-6.