Cowboys shutdown Pinon
It only took half of a game for the Cowboys to pulverize the Pinon Eagles, 42-0. After two quarters, the game was called on the account of a mercy rule, which is part of the 2A Conference rules.
William Trahin and the Camp Verde Cowboys scored six touchdowns on Eagles, four of which were done in the first 12 minutes of play.
Trahin started the team off strong with an opening kickoff return for a touchdown, but it was called back. This didn't matter as Trahin ran the ball 30 yards during the Cowboy's first possession to put them up on the scoreboard.
"He (Trahin) said that he was going to run the ball back for a touchdown in the opening kickoffŠand he did," said coach Luke Steege.
The second score came from a Luke Hicks 41 yard run with 9:10 left on the clock in the first quarter, followed by another touchdown by Trahin, who raced down the field 80 yards with a little over six minutes left in the first quarter.
The Cowboys weren't done yet, as they scored one more time in the first quarter with 3:29 minutes left, Hicks scored on a 54 yard pass.
Damien Baca took over the scoring responsibilities with two touchdowns in the second quarter for the Cowboys. The first one with less than five minutes left in the half from a two yard run and the second touchdown, Baca ran it for 39 yards for the final score of the half for either team, ending the first half Cowboys up 42-0.
Little did anyone know that in 2A football there is a mercy rule which comes into effect if the score is at least 42-0. This rule ended the game at the half and before many people in the stands knew it, the teams were shaking hands and retreating to their separate corners to reflect on the game.
Trahin had an excellent game with 111 yards on three carries and one interception. Baca carried the ball nine times for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Hicks had two touchdowns, one on the ground and one in the air. Alex Lewis, even though he didn't score a touchdown, was catching and running the ball up and down the field, gaining the yardage needed to set up the touchdowns.
The entire Cowboy offense had a total of 381 in two quarters, scoring on all possessions with one exception. The defense held Pinon to only 90 yards.
"We have been working a lot on defense and will continue to do so next week before we play Rough Rock on Thursday," said coach Steege.
Steege and the Cowboys are now 3-2 and will be honing in on their defensive skills where Steege rests a lot of importance on as they get further into the season and play tougher teams and possibly playoffs.
Next week they will face off against Rough Rock Sun Devils, who lost against Pinon two weeks ago, in their first game, 43-0.