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Fri, Sept. 20

Cowboys kick Roadrunners
Trahin scores 22 of Camp Verde football's 46 points

Home-field advantage couldn't help the Holbrook football team. Camp Verde came, saw and trampled over the Roadrunners, 46-6.

Holbrook fired the first shot, scoring on its first drive of the night on a huge pass play. The PAT was no good. That was the first and last time the Roadrunners would see the end zone.

Camp Verde gained possession of the ball and quickly took the lead with a three-yard Damien Baca run. Trahin kicked the PAT through the uprights and at the end of the first quarter the Cowboys held on to a one-point lead.

At the very beginning of the second quarter, Trahin legged out a 36-yard touchdown in a one-play Camp Verde drive. The PAT was good and the Cowboys led, 14-6.

Before the end of the half, it would be Trahin and his foot that would find three more points by kicking a 36-yard field goal. The Cowboys went into halftime with a 17-6 lead.

The Cowboys received first in the second half and continued to dominate. Their fourth score of the night was a four-yard run by Damien Baca, followed by a successful PAT.

That was the first of five scores the Cowboys would execute and the last one that the traditional offense would score for the team.

Trahin received a punt and returned it 60 yards to chalk one up for the special teams. Later Trahin would knock through another field goal to end the third quarter with the Cowboys up, 33-6.

The fourth quarter was all about the Camp Verde defense. Taylor Rezzonico snagged a Roadrunner pass and returned it 50 yards for another six points. The touchdown was made possible by a huge block by Shawn Smith, who leveled his Holbrook opponent and opened the door for Rezzonico to get down field.

Toward the final minutes of the fourth quarter, the Cowboys took the ball away from their opponent one last time as Walon Bleak recovered a fumble and ran it in the opposite direction 30 yards, to give the Cowboys their final score of the night and the 40-point lead.

"We did a good job on offense and moved the ball well," said coach Luke Steege. "But in the second half we just unloaded on them."

Unloaded is right. For the last six minutes, Steege was substituting some of the first string defense for the second, which almost allowed the Roadrunners to score, but the Cowboys stopped their momentum and never let them reach the end zone.

"They played physical," said Steege. "If we would have played like this against Chino last week, we would have beat them by 40."

This time last year, the Cowboys' defense had given up over 70 points after three games. This year's defense has only given up 18. A lot of dedication in the off season seems to be paying off and the real test will be against St. Johns next week.

Next Friday, Camp Verde hosts St. Johns, which just might be the game that decides who will be region champions as St. Johns is known to be a powerhouse in the 2A North. Game time will be at 7 p.m.

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