FLYING IN — Cowboy senior, defensive back and running back, Devin VandenBos flies over the top of Trent Pearson to make a tackle on a Roundup running back. Conrad rallied back from 16 points down to win the contest 30-16 and moves their record to 2-0. Other Cowboys from the left are, Luke Schlosser #12, Sam Larson #44 and Sam Carroll #88. Conrad plays Bigfork at home on Friday. I-O Photo by Chelsey Anderson
This was a first for Head Coach Joe Moerkerke and he grinned from ear-to-ear Monday as he noted, “We were down by 16 at the half and came back with 30 unanswered points in the second half to put it out.”
He noted, about the Roundup Panthers, “They are a strong team, we just wore them out.”
Talking about the Cowboys, the coach went on to say, “They showed some real grit, causing fumbles and those things you like to see.”
Conrad was down right away on the opening kickoff when the panther special teams recorded a safety for a 2-0 lead. They would add a TD and another score in the second quarter for the lead.
However, Conrad slammed the door shut and ended any more Panther scoring.
Sam Larson got the home boys on the board, taking a fumble and racing back to the house with it. Quarterback Joe Ries ran in the ball for a score from one yard out, and connected on two scoring passes, one to Luke Schlosser for 13 yards and the other to Big Ben Moerkerke on a 15 yard strike.
The Cowboys ran the ball for 146 yards. Ries rushed for 85 yards on 17 carries, Larson picked up 40 yards on 10 tries, Devin VandenBos scampered for 28 yards on six carries and Alex Finlayson added four more yards on one carry.
Ries was 5-10 passing for 70 yards. He had one pick and a pair of TDs.
Schlosser pulled in three catches for 51 yards, Moerkerke grabbed one and Clay Winters was on the receiving end of a pass for four yards.
Roundup ran for 153 yards, passed for 41 yards for a total of 194 yards of offense. They shot themselves in the foot eight times with turnovers and had six penalties. The Cowboys had four turnovers and eight penalties.
On defense, Larson had 6.5 tackles, Charles Roderick had six and VandenBos five.
Kyle Dyrud, Ries and Larson each forced a fumble, while Lucas Schultz recovered three and Larson one. Winters intercepted a pass and Finlayson knocked down four passes.
Conrad will have a test for their home opener on Friday as the defending state champions, Bigfork, come for a visit. The football leaves the kicking tee at 7 p.m.
Coach Moerkerke says, “They have a good running back and are a physical team. They will be a challenge for us, however, they are 1-1.”
The Cowboys look to move their record to 3-0.