LOOKING DOWNFIELD — Cowboy quarterback, junior Joe Ries, looks downfield for a receiver as Wildcat defender Trevin Fox closes in. Ries passed for 57 yards of 4-6 attempts with no picks and one TD. He also ran for 109 yards in the 33-16 win on Friday night. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
The Cowboys saw their season come to a close with a big win over Harlem on Friday, winning handily 33-16.
While they will be on the outside looking in for the post season tournaments, they can build on a two-game winning streak for the start of 2011 knowing they can play with anybody.
The home boys elected to take the opening kickoff and junior wideout and defensive back Luke Schlosser got the team into good field position at the 31 yard line.
From here it took the Cowboys only six plays, all on the ground, to take the ball home with Joe Ries and Colter Knox doing the damage.
Knox waltzed into the end zone from seven yards out with Dallas VanLuchene and Charles Roderick opening up a big hole to glide through.
Bryce Watterud split the uprights with the PAT and it was 7-0 for the good guys.
In the second quarter Conrad showed they could put points on the board from all over the place.
Quarterback Ries drilled a laser to Grant Grubb from 23 yards out for a score. Watterud again added a PAT for a 14-0 lead.
Ries would, later on, scamper home for a score from 17 yards out and with Watterud making a habit of kicking PATs, the team was on top 21-0.
After the kick off, the Wildcats quarterback, under pressure, tossed a wobbly pass that Knox picked off and ran in for a score. Conrad led 27-8 at the break.
Early in the third quarter, the Cowboys drove down field and Ries found Watterud on the end of a six yard pass to complete their scoring for the night. Harlem would later score in the final frame, too little too late. Conrad packed up a 33-16 win.
The Cowboys racked up 343 yards of offense on the night, 286 of those coming on the ground and the other 57 in the air.
Knox was a workhorse, running 21 times for 136 yards. Ries was right there as well, carrying the ball 16 times for 109 yards.
Devin VandenBos ran for 38 yards, Watterud three and Seaman and Seth Moerkerke each added a yard.
Ries was 4-6 passing for 57 yards, just enough to keep the Wildcats off balance. He had two aerial scores and no pass picks.
Ben Moerkerke hauled in two passes with Watterud and Grubb having one each.
The Wildcats outgained Conrad, barely, with 345 yards, 71 in the air and 274 on the ground. They also hurt themselves with four turnovers and 12 penalties.
Watterud forced a fumble which Kyle Linn recovered. Knox had one pass-pick and B. Moerkerke two. Seth Diedrich had a big QB sack.
Watterud led the tackling with 12.5. Sam Larson had eight, Tyler Nelson seven, and Lucas Schultz, VandenBos and Knox all had six.
The Cowboys improved their record to 2-6 overall and 2-4 in conference play while Harlem went to 1-7.