Cowboys tame Blue Ponies

 


Daniel Horton

Havre Daily News

[email protected]

In week one the Havre High football team showed it could compete. But facing a much bigger and much tougher opponent in their second outing, the Blue Ponies struggled.

Friday at Blue Pony Stadium in Havre the Central A Ponies hosted the Eastern A Miles City Cowboys. And in a very tough outing, the Cowboys defeated the Ponies 34-14.

"They were a lot bigger than us," Havre High head coach Jason Christenson said. "But we shot ourselves in the foot most of the time. We had six turnovers, and you aren't going to win too many football games with that many. And we couldn't get rolling on offense, but I still think the kids played hard and fought to the end. It was just the turnovers that killed us."


Friday's game began with three punts, two from the Ponies and one from the Cowboys.

It was a good defensive battle, but eventually the Cowboy's Shane Cooley took over. And as much as the Ponies tried, Cooley proved to be unstoppable on both offense and defense.

With 2:49 left in the first quarter Cooley made his presence felt for the first time. On a 13-yard run he punched the ball into the endzone and helped give the Cowboys a 7-0 lead.

But Cooley wasn't finished.

He also rushed for scores from 15 and 82 yards out as well has throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass. Cooley had 179 rushing yards on 14 carries as well.

And on defense, Cooley remained to be a thorn in the Ponies' side, coming up with three interceptions from his defensive back position.

"He (Cooley) was a focal point," Christenson said. "And our emphasis was to stop the run. But I have to applaud Miles City because they put him in really good positions to where he could spread us out and follow behind their great big lineman and running backs. He is a very good athlete."



The turnovers really hurt the Ponies, but a lot of the credit has to go to the Cowboy defense.

Miles City had pressure on HHS quarterback Justin Jenson on almost every play. And taking away Jensen, the Cowboys took away the Ponies' offense for much of the night.

"That was our number one goal," Miles City head coach Dan Stanton said. "To try and take him (Jensen) away first. He (Jensen) can throw the ball real well and we got a lot of pressure on him and he still threw well. But that was our number one goal, to take him away because we knew they wouldn't have the same success running the ball."



Even with the pressure and interceptions Jensen was still able to put together two scoring drives for the Ponies.

The first one came with 6:33 left in the first quarter when Jensen connected with Ryan Brandt for a 15-yard score and the second came with 22 seconds to play in the game when Jensen connected with Brayden Grimson on another 15-yard score.

In week one the Havre High football team showed it could compete. But facing a much bigger and much tougher opponent in their second outing, the Blue Ponies struggled.

Friday at Blue Pony Stadium in Havre the Central A Ponies hosted the Eastern A Miles City Cowboys. And in a very tough outing, the Cowboys defeated the Ponies 34-14.

"They were a lot bigger than us," Havre High head coach Jason Christenson said. "But we shot ourselves in the foot most of the time. We had six turnovers, and you aren't going to win too many football games with that many. And we couldn't get rolling on offense, but I still think the kids played hard and fought to the end. It was just the turnovers that killed us."

Friday's game began with three punts, two from the Ponies and one from the Cowboys.

It was a good defensive battle, but eventually the Cowboy's Shane Cooley took over. And as much as the Ponies tried, Cooley proved to be unstoppable on both offense and defense.

With 2:49 left in the first quarter Cooley made his presence felt for the first time. On a 13-yard run he punched the ball into the endzone and helped give the Cowboys a 7-0 lead.

But Cooley wasn't finished.

He also rushed for scores from 15 and 82 yards out as well has throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass. Cooley had 179 rushing yards on 14 carries as well.

And on defense, Cooley remained to be a thorn in the Ponies' side, coming up with three interceptions from his defensive back position.

"He (Cooley) was a focal point," Christenson said. "And our emphasis was to stop the run. But I have to applaud Miles City because they put him in really good positions to where he could spread us out and follow behind their great big lineman and running backs. He is a very good athlete."

The turnovers really hurt the Ponies, but a lot of the credit has to go to the Cowboy defense.

Miles City had pressure on HHS quarterback Justin Jenson on almost every play. And taking away Jensen, the Cowboys took away the Ponies' offense for much of the night.

"That was our number one goal," Miles City head coach Dan Stanton said. "To try and take him (Jensen) away first. He (Jensen) can throw the ball real well and we got a lot of pressure on him and he still threw well. But that was our number one goal, to take him away because we knew they wouldn't have the same success running the ball."

Even with the pressure and interceptions Jensen was still able to put together two scoring drives for the Ponies.

The first one came with 6:33 left in the first quarter when Jensen connected with Ryan Brandt for a 15-yard score and the second came with 22 seconds to play in the game when Jensen connected with Brayden Grimson on another 15-yard score.

 

Reader Comments(0)

 
 

Powered by ROAR Online Publication Software from Lions Light Corporation
© Copyright 2020