Cowboys overcome flags, Eagles
By Jeff Berger
Anvil Herald Sports Editor
The DíHanis Cowboys beat Leakey, 36-6, Saturday night, Oct.
25, at Butch Woolls Stadium to clinch a playoff spot, heading into
this Saturdayís matchup with preseason favorite La Pryor. Game
time on Nov. 1 at Butch Woolls Stadium is 7:30 p.m. The Cowboys
are now 6-2 on the year, 3-0 in District 15-AA-II.
A combined 195 yards in penalties, plus lots of lengthy
officialsí discussions, made for a really interesting game.
The Cowboys had to bring the defense out early against the
Eagles. A 46-yard strike from Lorenzo Rodriguez to Derek Troch put
the Eagles at the DíHanis 6. A big defensive play on second down
by Cristian Salgado put Leakey into long yardage, and a fourth
down sack by Mitchell Hutto ended the threat.
The Cowboys answered with an 83-yard, seven-play drive.
Christian Tapia and Stephen Rugh both had 20-yard runs, setting up
Robert Rugh for the 24-yard keeper and a touchdown. The two-point
try failed, leaving the score at 6-0.
Rodriguez and Troch connected again, this time for 40 yards,
deep into Cowboy territory, but DíHanis turned up the defense
again as Leakey could get no closer than the 16.
After an exchange of punts, the Cowboys put together their
second scoring drive. Robert Rugh passed to John Rodriguez for 12
yards and one first down, then on an option pass, Homer Rivera
threw to a diving Rodriguez for a first down at the 7-yard line.
Three plays later, Rodriguez carried for the score. The Rugh
brothers connected on the two-point conversion pass for a 14-0
lead with 7:40 left in the half.
After a Leakey three-and-out, the Cowboys took over at their
own 32. It was a drive where DíHanis padded its stats
considerably, overcoming 35 yards worth of penalties with 103
yards of offense. The big play was a 33-yard pass to Stephen Rugh,
where the Cowboy receiver turned an almost certain interception
into a simultaneous catch, which goes to the offense. That
converted a 3rd-and-23. The score came when Robert Rugh lofted a
pass to Rivera in the endzone, who won the jump ball and came down
with a 31-yard TD with 50 seconds left in the half. A quarterback
keeper by Rugh made it 22-0 at the half.
After the Cowboys covered Leakeyís onside kick attempt to
open the second half, the Cowboys needed just five plays to reach
the endzone, when John Rodriguez scored from the 2. Rughís
keeper made it 30-0.
The Eagles got on the board for the only time when Dimitri
Perez fielded the ensuing kickoff at the 16-yard line, found an
open lane up the home sideline and went 84 yards to the endzone.
DíHanis answered with another short drive -- after recovering
another Leakey onside attempt -- going 51 yards in eight plays for
the last score of the night. Robert Rugh, the gameís leading
rusher with 89 yards on 16 carries, took it the last three yards
for the TD, with 6:26 left in the third.
DíHanisí defense came up with two second half
interceptions, with Stephen Rugh grabbing one in the third
quarter, and Hutto intercepting another off a deflection in the
Stephen Rugh and John Rodriguez both had big nights, with 89
and 86 yards on the receiving end of Cowboy passes. Hutto also
added 53 rushing yards.