BY HAILEY BROWN
All different players get ready for games in all different ways. Some players like to listen to music, while some simply like to just get their mind ready for a game. And whether they win or lose they always come out of the games knowing they did what they had to do to get ready and put in all they had. Although the Cowboys did not come out victorious, they never hung their heads and accepted defeat. Instead, they fought to the very end and left knowing they did all they could.
On Wednesday, October 11, the Cooper City Cowboys JV football team faced off against Nova Titans in a rather close game. The game ended with a score of 18-13 with Nova taking the win. The Cowboys almost came back to win the game, but couldn’t quite get there.
Nova quickly put themselves ahead by 6 points, putting the score at 6-0 in favor of the Titans. The Cowboys were fixed on not letting Nova score anymore points. Michel Geha, on the defensive side for the Cowboys, was able to get around to Nova’s players and sack the quarterback, causing the ball to bobble out the quarterback’s hands resulting in a fumble. Matthew Ruma was not far behind and was able to pick up the ball and recover the fumble, putting the Cowboys back on offense with a chance to score. The Cowboys defense was able to hold out the half at 6-0.
Although the Cowboys were down at half, they picked their heads up and were able to come back in the second half putting 13 points up on the board. Isaiah Janvier scored both touchdowns by running the ball in. The Cowboys were able to score the first extra point, but had the second blocked by Nova’s defense. Ryan Gross had a total of 4 tackles on defense and Jack Smitherman threw a total of 106 yards on offense with a completion ratio of 9 to 18. Nova was able to put 12 more points on the board putting them in the lead once again, putting the score at 18-13. The Cowboys fought and were able to get in decent range of the endzone on third down. Smitherman’s pass was incomplete in the endzone on fourth down ending the game for the cowboys.
“We, as a team, played our hearts out and didn’t give up until the very last play,” sophomore Yojans Martinez said. “We unfortunately just fell short, but I think very well overall.”
The Cowboys did indeed leave that game with their heads held high knowing they had played to the best of their abilities against a great team.
Final score: Cooper City 13, Nova 18
Photo by Benjamin Milgram