Third shutout in four games
The Cowboys shut out another team on Friday, the third time in four games. In less than three quarters, Camp Verde sent the Valley Sanders team packing with a 47-0 victory at home.
The game looked like it was going to be over at the half, like the Cowboys' two previous home games. But an intentional play by the Cowboys to hike the ball over Luke Hicks' head during the PAT attempt, stopped Camp Verde from placing the 42nd point on the board, sending both teams into the third quarter.
Tonight was also an important night for the Cowboys as they celebrated the seniors on the team and their parents during the half time show.
Quarterback Zach Hauser had an exceptional game, completing 8 of 11 passes for a total of 167 yards and one touchdown.
On the ground, the Cowboys were unstoppable, led by Sophomore Damien Baca with six carries for 115 yards and three touchdowns and William Trahin also with six carries for 64 yards and a touchdown.
Luke Hicks had six successful PATs out of six attempts and is 11 for 11 in the last two games. Hicks also caught three passes for a total of 67 yards and one touchdown. Alex Lewis had a total of 70 yards in the air on three catches.
Casey Welsch led Camp Verde on defense with eight tackles, followed by Brett Justice with one interception; William Trahin had one interception which was run back for a touchdown and Tyler Rezzonico had a fumble recovery.
Baca had an outstanding game rushing. He showed how a second, third and fourth effort can turn a running play from a short loss to a touchdown by just keeping those feet moving.
The Cowboys scored their first touchdown in the first quarter on a 44-yard run by Baca, the PAT was good. The quarter was far from over when Baca scored again on a 12-yard. Trahin finished out the quarter with a 22-yard run. After the PAT, the Cowboys had a comfortable lead of 21-0.
Hicks, Baca and Trahin helped the Cowboys extend the lead in the second quarter with a reception, a run and an interception to put the Cowboys up 41-0 at the half.
With a little over seven minutes left in the third quarter, the Cowboys scored their last touchdown, to end the game due to the mercy rule. As a side note, at anytime after halftime a team is ahead by 42 points or more, the game will be called.
Baca really won praises by coach Luke Steege after his performance Friday night. Not only his effort on the field to get the ball and run with it, getting yardage anyway he can, but because he is a team player.
Next Friday, the Cowboys will face Williams at home for Camp Verde's homecoming game. Steege anticipates a closer game against Williams than what they have seen over the past four weeks.
If the Cowboys defeat Williams next week, they are almost guaranteed home field advantage during the first round of playoffs.