BY BRANDON BERMUDEZ AND ETHAN MUNCAN
As football season approaches, the Cowboys prepare with a spring game against Monarch High School on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Although this game didn’t affect the Cowboys’ record, it was still an important game for both teams to test players, make adjustments and try plays for the upcoming season.
Not only were the football players excited for the game, but the passionate fans and students were as well. In the first quarter, both teams started off slow and failed to get a rhythm going. Despite no points being scored, there were still savvy plays made by the Cowboys. The players also made big runs and completed several sharp passes from quarterback, Michael DiLiello. This led to scoring opportunities for the Cowboys. However, there were no special teams involved in this spring game, so no field goals could be made.
In the second quarter, the Cowboys subbed out DiLiello, who played for the first two drives of the first half. The Cowboys defense stood strong, not allowing a single point. While managing to put points on the board themselves by tackling the Knights in the endzone for a safety. The Cowboys went into halftime leading 2-0.
The Cowboys started to build things up offensively as they came out strong and scored a touchdown in the third quarter. Monarch responded fast, as they were able to retaliate and score a touchdown and complete a pass on the 2 point conversion. In the second half, sophomore Arthur Brefil had two 75 yard touchdowns. DiLiello completed a 35 yard pass to Ryan Garcia who scored a touchdown in the 4th quarter. Although Monarch managed to score a touchdown in the 4th quarter, they did not complete the 2 point conversion.
The Cowboy’s defense was on lockdown as safety Mark Brent intercepted the ball and took it to the end zone, hurdling opponents to get there. Although it was called back, the interception still sealed the Cowboy’s victory in the final minutes of the game.
“This team has a lot to look forward to in this upcoming season,” said DiLiello. “In my opinion, these guys have the best chemistry I’ve worked with since I’ve been on this team.”
Final Score: Cooper City 30, Monarch High 14