BY DANIELLE LYN
The Cowboys went into the game against the Nova Titans hoping to achieve something that has been out of their grasp for a long time, a winning streak.
Cooper City’s quarterback Myles Notkin has been the difference maker this season by doing what quarterbacks do not traditionally do: run the ball. In the game against Nova, Notkin scrambled out and ran for numerous first downs to advance the Cowboys downfield and into scoring position.
There were no big plays by either team to start the game. Midway through the second quarter the Cowboys found their rhythm and picked up momentum. With the ball on the 37-yard line in Nova’s territory, Notkin handed the ball off to Running Back Jesse Mims who ran in for the touchdown. The Cowboy’s extra point attempt was blocked, but their defense was soon able to recover the ball with defensive lineman Steven Day’s forced fumble, which was recovered by linebacker Justin Ingram. Taking advantage of the turnover, Mims ran the ball in for his second touchdown.
Defensive lineman Steven Day was on top of his game with sacks when the Cowboy’s needed it the most. Day’s late second quarter sack stopped the Titans and once again gave the Cowboys a chance. Running back Brandon Lombard ran the ball in for the last touchdown before the half. Leaving the score 20-3 at halftime.
During the first half of the game the Cowboys defense shut down the Nova offense, only allowing a field goal. During the second half the Titans came back, scoring 14 points, but the Cowboys defense made crucial stops when it counted most. In the 4th quarter with three minutes left, they held the Titans offense at the 2-yard line and forced another turnover. A field goal by kicker Daniel Yanks added the last 3 points to the final score of Cowboys 23 Titans 17.
The Cowboys now take their three game winning streak back home to face the Monarch Knights on September 24th at Billie R. Gill stadium.