Camp Verde crushes Williams, 41-8

Cowboys are one win away from having home-field advantage in 1st round of playoffs

Camp Verde football scored after its first three plays against Williams Friday night to set the tone for the rest of the night. The Cowboys went on to beat Williams, 41-8.

In the Cowboys' opening drive, Zach Hauser connected with William Trahin for 43 yards to go up 6-0. Trahin knocked in the PAT kick and quickly the Cowboys led, 7-0.

On Camp Verde's next possession, they found pay-dirt again with a huge 32-yard pass from Hauser to Walon Bleak. The PAT failed and the Cowboys led, 13-0.

Williams was blanked again on offense as the Cowboys continued to rough up the home team and force punts.

Camp Verde got the ball again for the third time in the first quarter and scored on a Damien Baca 43-yard run. The Cowboys went for two on the conversion as Hauser connected with Preston Brogdon in the end zone to make it a 21-point game after one quarter.

Camp Verde wouldn't find the end zone in the second quarter as Williams did a good job of keeping the ball out of the Cowboys' hand. That coupled with a lot of penalties against the Cowboys, Williams was able to put some points on the board with a touchdown pass halfway through the quarter. The two-point conversion was successful and at the half, Camp Verde led, 21-8.

Camp Verde couldn't get anything going on its first possession of the second half. But on Williams' next possession, a touchdown pass quickly turned into a Cowboy interception inside of the end zone and Camp Verde got the ball back on their own 3-yard line.

Like clockwork, the Cowboys methodically marched and threw the ball down field, converting on fourth down twice until Preston Brogdon ran the ball in from 1-yard out, capping off an amazing 97-yard drive to go up 28-8 after the PAT kick.

Camp Verde would find the end zone one more time in the third quarter when Baca pushed through Williams tacklers from one yard out to put the Cowboys up, 35-8.

The Cowboys had total control over the game. Whatever Williams threw at them, Camp Verde just ate it up and kept them from scoring.

In the fourth quarter, the last touchdown of the night by either team was by Baca who found the end zone again on a 2-yard run. The touchdown was set up by a huge 52-yard reception from Hauser to Baca to lead 41-8.

In the first half, the Cowboys took the lead by three huge offensive plays, but the second half looked more like a well orchestrated effort by both teams. Williams took their time and kept the ball for large chunks of time, keeping the scoring opportunities out of the Cowboys' hands.

Camp Verde did the same, with long possessions and successful drives, finding the end zone more often than Williams.

"We moved the ball well with short passes and the off-tackle run," said coach Luke Steege. "I was happy with the control of the football."

Baca led the offense with 17 carries for 146 yards and three touchdowns. Hauser had a terrific night as he went 10-for-15 passing for 187 yards, one interception and two touchdowns.

Defensively, Beau Tudor led with eight tackles including four huge sacks. Emery Brown had nine tackles, Brendon Nelson and Watson each had an interception and Brett Justus and Brogdon took down the Williams quarterback, each getting a sack.

Camp Verde will face off against Many Farms next week. The win will lock in the first round playoff game at home. Coach Steege doesn't anticipate any problems beating Many Farms, but is not going to overlook any team on the way to the playoffs.

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