FLYING FLAG — Cowgirl Taylour Russell and her horse race down the sideline with the CHS flag before the start of the Cowboys home opener with the Harlem Wildcats on Friday. I-O photo by Buck Traxler
The Cowboy football squad pulled together on Friday and powered past the Harlem Wildcats, 35-0.
First year Coach, Ryan Fetherson, an All State defensive end, fresh off the field of the “Grizzly Nation” experienced his first win as a head coach.
He tells the I-O, “It was a great win, but the credit goes to the team. I just called some plays.”
Conrad was helped along with nine turnovers from the Wildcats.
The Cowboys first score came off a fumble recovery. Senior running back Devin VandenBos helped by a couple of key blocks ran for 13 yards.
Brandon French got tackled behind the line for loss and a penalty pushed the team back further. But on his first pass of the season, quarterback Shane Larson, a sophomore, found senior receiver Kyle Dyrud in the Promised Land for a 31 yard TD. Junior Tyler Padilla booted the PAT through the uprights and Conrad had all the points they would need with an early 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, the Cowboy defense made the ‘Cats punt on a three and out series. Conrad showed how explosive they can be.
After the punt, Larson floated a pass to Dyrud and then on a quarterback keeper, he got around the right end, turned on the jets and outraced everyone to the end zone for a 13-0 lead. The score came in just two plays.
Leading 21-0 in the third period, the Cowboys recovered back-to-back fumbles off of kickoffs and posted up 15 points. “Those were key plays for our special team,” commented Fetherson.
VandenBos danced into the end zone for one score, carrying the ball three straight times and Larson and Dyrud connected on a 24 yard pass play on a fourth and 14 situation.
In the fourth quarter, after a fumble recovery, Conrad started at the 26 yard line. Once again, it took only two plays to score their final TD.
Larson ran for eight yards and then on a QB keeper, he got around the right end and sped down the sideline on a 60 yard jaunt. Padilla kicked the PAT and the Cowboys put a 35-0 win in their saddle bags.
Conrad had 309 yards of total offense.
VandenBos ran the ball 20 times for 85 yards and a TD. Larson carried nine times for 108 yards and two scores.
Larson was 5-11 passing for 138 yards and two scores. He was picked off once.
Dyrud hauled in four passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns. French caught one pass for 26 yards. Padilla was 3-4 on PAT kicks.
VandenBos turned in an all around terrific game. On the defensive side he had 15 tackles, 14 of them solo, forced four fumbles and recovered two.
Bryan Barker had six solo tackles and a fumble recovery and Seth Diedrich had five solo tackles and a fumble recovery.
Also pulling in fumbles were Tyler Richter, Logan Gouchenour, and Padilla.
Fetherson was pleased with the play, “But we showed some stuff we didn’t want to this early in the season.”
This weekend is Homecoming and Roundup comes to play. The Cowboys will play on Friday night with a kickoff slated for 7 p.m.
The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at halftime of the game.