Cowboys drop tough one to Hazen

The Killdeer Cowboys were at home Friday night, played a scoreless first half, and then were outscored 16-0 by the Hazen Bison in the second in region 4 action on a beautiful fall evening.

Cowboys show strong offense against Hazen. – Photo by Mabel Hixson

By JOHN ABRAHAMSON

Special to the Dunn County Herald

Posted Sept. 14, 2012

The Killdeer Cowboys were at home Friday night, played a scoreless first half, and then were outscored 16-0 by the Hazen Bison in the second in region 4 action on a beautiful fall evening.

With the loss, Killdeer drops to 1-3 on the season and 1-2 in regional play.

The Cowboys dominated the first 24 minutes of play but couldn’t put points on the board.

Killdeer used a key run by quarterback Christian Kulish to move the chains early on the first drive which was followed by a key pass and catch to Calum Blankenship and the Cowboys were in business at the eight yard line. The next play was a tough one as Lou Dobitz’s team was flagged for an illegal block which moved the leather back to the twenty-one. Trenton Rohr was able to get half of those yards back but the Bison ended up taking over on downs inside their own ten yard line.

Penalties and incomplete passes on Hazen’s first series ended up putting the visitors in a fourth and 18 bind and the Cowboys took over again after Rohr returned a punt to the 49 yard line.

Killdeer was again able to move the ball efficiently on first down runs by Blake Carbaugh and Riley Rohde but the drive was stalled by a quarterback sack and penalty.

The Cowboys kept moving the ball and even with the two miscues were able to garner another first down on a pass from Kulish to Cody Johnson. With the first quarter horn approaching, the second Cowboy drive was soon over as a Kulish pass was intercepted by Hazen’s Hunter Fears.

The offense for the Cowboys was dominant in the first quarter as they stayed on the field long enough to allow Hazen only five first quarter plays.

The second quarter found the Cowboy defense rising to the occasion a number of times. The problem was Killdeer couldn’t stay away from turning the ball over. Kulish did have a big first down run midway through the second frame but a Cowboy fumble stemmed the tide.

Killdeer’s strong defense again held and the Cowboys were able to take the ball at the four minute mark. Both Kulish and John Knopik rushed hard enough for first downs and Kulish finished a strong first half with two more first down conversions but the half ended with Killdeer not able to put the ball past the stripe.

The first half, one in which Killdeer dominated, ended in a 0-0 standoff.

The second half belonged to the fifth ranked Bison. The visitors were able to score twice, once in each quarter. The first came on a 25 yard run by junior Nate Leintz in the third frame and the second on a 16 yard Stetson Carr run. The Bison were also able to connect on both conversions and the Cowboys found themselves on the wrong end of the 16-0 score.

Killdeer was statistically paced by Carbaugh’s 47 yards on 10 carries and Blankenship’s 58 yards on three grabs. Kulish was 8/17 through the air for 104 yards.

Killdeer will travel to Southern McLean for another Region 4 contest this Friday night. The game time is 6:00 MST.


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