BY AFTON HICKS
The Cooper City Cowboys looked to extend their three game winning streak at Western High School against the Wildcats in the annual Hog Bowl last Friday, October 1st. The Cowboys were riding high going into the game with their defense being ranked #2 in the county and Coach Taylor being honored at half-time during the Miami Dolphins Monday night game against the New England Patriots. Unfortunately, the Cowboys were not able to overtake the Wildcat offense.
The first quarter started with a run by the Wildcat’s for a touchdown. With 4:55 on the clock Cowboys were down by 7. The rest of the first and second quarter went by uneventfully with both teams entangled in a game of cat and mouse over the ball.
The third quarter proved to be strong for the Cowboy offense. At 6:59 a pass by quarterback Myles Notkin to running back Jesse Mims gave Mims the opportunity to run in for a touchdown. With an extra point by kicker Daniel Yanks, the Cowboys evened up the score 7-7.
After gaining a first down with 8:07 on the clock in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys looked like they might overcome the Western defense. However, Western regained possession and were able to score another touch down with 2:41 left in the game. After the extra point, the score was 14-7 Wildcats.
The Cowboys tried hard to push their way down into the Wildcat’s end zone in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. The Wildcat defense played strong though, and was able to keep the Cowboys at the twenty-yard line. The game ended in a Cowboy loss, but players and fans are hopeful that this Friday’s game against Ft. Lauderdale will add another win to the Cowboy season.