Cowboys rock Trojans 34-13 in season opener

NICE RUN  —  Blake Underdahl runs for part of his 108 yards in the game against Troy on Friday. He also scored two touchdowns.  Photo courtesy of Paul Sievers - The Western News






“It was long trip over the hill, but it was short coming home,” said new football coach Mick Morris.

This was in reference to winning his first game as the Cowboy’s head coach on Friday, on the road, in Troy, 34-13.

Conrad racked up 369 yards on the ground and another 104 in the air for 473 yards of offense.

Quarterback Shane Larson turned in a terrific performance, going 6-8 for 104 yards with no picks, passing, and running for 194 yards on 20 carries. He scored three TDs, the longest coming on a 56 yard scamper in the third quarter.

Blake Underdahl scored a pair of TDs, coming on runs of 20 and one yards. He sprained his hand during the game, but is expected to be OK when the Cowboys play Eureka on Friday.

Brandon French pounded out 67 tough yards on 20 carries to round out the ground game.

Four players were on the receiving end of Larson aerials with Tristen Diedrich, 45 yards, and Hunter Mycke, also 45 yards, each pulling in two and Tyler Padilla and Underdahl catching one each.

On the defensive side, Troy picked up 165 in the air and 120 on the ground.

Clark Judisch intercepted one pass and had a solo tackle. Mycke had two tackles of losses and five solo tackles and he forced a fumble.

Javan Carroll had one sack and two solo tackles and French also had a tackle for a loss of yards and was in on 10 other tackles.

One area the team will need to work on is penalties. The Cowboy had 17 penalties while Troy was charged with only three.

Coach Morris commented, “We tackled well and played some good defense.”

Looking forward to Eureka, Coach Morris noted, “They are 2-0 and have a balanced offense and their ‘D’ sound and they tackle well.”

He went on to add, “This will be a good test.”

Kickoff is at 6 p.m. on Friday to allow for better travel of the team.

Before the game, come out for the annual Stockman Bank tailgate party and have a hamburger on them. The party starts at 4:30 p.m. in front of the CHS commons.