Killdeer opened the 2019 season against an old rival which became too big for the A region.
Unfortunately for the Cowboys, the new bigger Bison from Hazen came into town and stampeded over the younger, smaller Cowboys.
The Bison took advantage of Cowboy mistakes early in the game to start rolling up a 47-6 victory.
After scoring three times in the first half, the Bison were able to add another score in spite of getting the ball again with just over 30 seconds remaining.
A couple of big plays and the Bison made it 28-0 at halftime.
Now, the Cowboys have to prepare for the undefeated Southern McLean Roghriders Friday in a 7 p.m. contest.
The Roughriders are one of three Region 7 teams to get off to a 2-0 start. Newcomers New Salem and Shiloh Christian are also undefeated this season.
In an unusual twist of fate, both Bowman County and Dickinson Trinity are off to an 0-1 start, just like Killdeer.
The Roughriders will be coming to Killdeer with a 34-6 win over South Prairie in the season opener.
The team followed that up with a 22-6 victory over Garrison/Max Aug. 30, giving the Roughriders a 2-0 start at home.
After two straight home games, the Cowboys will be on the road Sept. 13 when they travel to Bowman County.
The Bulldogs lost their opener to one of the top teams in the state, Oakes, by a narrow 24-20 margin after behin down by a 17-0 score in the second half.
Tough road ahead
Looking ahead, the Cowboys will have some tough opponents on the schedule.
The newcomers to the A Division Region 4 include New Salem.
A playoff team at the nine-man level, the Holsteins have already logged a win over Tioga by a 43-15 margin.
The Holsteins are ranked sixth in the state in their new AA Diviision home.
Another necomer to the Region 4 is Shiloh Christian, which already seventh in the state rankings after a 34-6 win over Harvey-Fessenden-Bowden.
The path to a playoff berth in Region 4 has some very large obstacles.
Two teams, Bowman County and Dickinson Trinity, made it to the semifinals.
In addition, New Salem/Almont/Glen Ullin, Richardton/Taylor and Shiloh Christian each made it to the nine-man playoffs in 2018.
The Cowboys have approximately 22 players out for the team this year, the school’s athletic director said recently.