Cowboys squash Scorpions

The "Iron Men" of Camp Verde started their season with a bang. With fireworks going off overhead, the Cowboys exploded onto the field for their first varsity football game of the 2006 season, taking on the Scorpions of Sedona.

With many of their key players playing both offense and defense, the Cowboys defeated the Scorpions 21-0.

Damien Baca started things off with a nice run after receiving the opening kickoff. Under the leadership of quarterback Zach Hauser, the Cowboy's offense moved the ball downfield, mixing up short gain running plays with several long yardage receptions. Within the opening minutes the Cowboys were on the board first with several short yard runs by Baca who eventually took it in for the touchdown.

Head Coach Luke Steege mixed it up some more by calling for the onside kick, which was successful in getting the ball right back into the hands of the Cowboy offense. Sedona's defense held fast and quickly got the first turnover of the game with an interception. But Camp Verde got it back again after recovering the fumble.

Maybe both sides just needed to get in the groove of playing again, but the tone was set for the game as both sides let the ball slip out of their hands several times during the game. Camp Verde turned the ball over four times and Sedona three. The most damaging turnover came in the second quarter when Sedona dropped the ball and Baca picked it up and took it 66 yards for Camp Verde's second touchdown to put the Cowboys up, 14­0.

In the third quarter Baca scored touchdown number three. He led the team in rushing with 132 yards on 26 carries. Erik Trahin followed with 55 yards on eight carries and Shawn Smith rushed for 38 yards on six carries. Hauser completed 8-of-13 for 97 yards and had several yards rushing when he pulled a couple of quarterback sneaks.

The Cowboys' defense held Sedona's offense to 114 yards. After the game, Coach Steege said, "The defense did a great job. I give them a lot of credit. The majority of our players had to play both ways."

He hopes to have several more of his players back on the field for their next game against Chino Valley. Steege said, "Our first three games are challenging because we are going up against 3A conference teams. I know Chino Valley will be a challenge but we are going in with the win. I don't care if we only score one touchdown, as long as the defense can hold them to zero like they did tonight."

Camp Verde takes on Chino Valley next Friday night in Chino Valley.

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