Conrad suffered a huge loss to Cut Bank in Class B football action on Friday, losing the contest when the Wolves scored with no time on the clock, 32-28.
The Cowboys dominated the game until the very end when the Wolves scored on a six yard pass play.
Early on the Cowboys took the opening kickoff and behind big gains from Blake Underdahl and Shane Larson moved the ball to the 25 yard line.
From here, Larson found Hunter Mycke open over the center and rifled a scoring pass to the freshman tight end.
However, the play was called back on a lineman-down-field penalty and the Wolves eventually took over on downs. The lost TD would have a profound effect on the game later on. The first quarter closed with neither team getting into the end zone.
In the second period, trailing 0-6, Underdahl took in a muffed kickoff, got to the outside and raced 75 yards down field before being knocked out of bounds.
Larson ran the ball to the one yard line and then carried it home to tie the game at 6-6. He then scored on a two-point PAT to put Conrad up 8-6. The Wolves came back to score a TD on a long run by Tanner Coen and led 14-8 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Larson ran in a TD score from six yards out and hooked up with junior wideout Tristen Diedrich on an 11 yard pass play. A PAT kick by Underdahl put the Cowboys up 22-20
Diedrich and Larson connected again on a 15 yard pass play for a score that put the home boys up 28-20.
However, Cut Bank would score the final 12 points of the game, including the bazaar play with no time on the clock to pull out the impossible 32-28 win.
Coach Mick Morris commented, on the loss, saying “It was a tough one. I was really disappointed.”
Had the TD pass to Mycke in the first period not been waved off, Conrad most likely would have had a 35-32 win.
The Cowboys picked up 344 yards of offense, 240 in the air and 104 on the ground.
Larson ran for 44 yards on 10 carries with two TDs and Underdahl ran for 57 yards on 11 carries. Brandon French picked up the other three yards.
On the passing side, Larson was 15-22 for 240 yards with two TDs and no interceptions.
Diedrich was on the receiving end of seven passes for 104 yards and two scores.
Tyler Padilla caught three passes for 30 yards, and Mycke, French, Jay Daylon, Clark Judisch and Underdahl all had one reception each.
On the defensive side, Javan Carroll was in on 16 tackles. Underdahl was in on nine with five solo stops, French was in on six tackles and Kyle Murack five with one solo stop. Diedrich was also in on five tackles.
This week the Cowboys play Shelby in a Homecoming contest with a 7 p.m. kickoff. Both teams are looking for their first conference game.
Morris commented, “They have a good running back, maybe one of the best in the state, ‘we’ have our hands full.”
The team came through the Cut Bank game with no injuries and is in good shape for the homecoming game with Shelby.