The Cowboy way
KILLDEER -- The Killdeer football team didn't let an early New Salem-Glen Ullin touchdown ruin its night. Instead of moping, the Cowboys scored two quick touchdowns as part of their 39-6 Class A, Region 4 win Friday night. "It always takes a whil...
KILLDEER -- The Killdeer football team didn't let an early New Salem-Glen Ullin touchdown ruin its night.
Instead of moping, the Cowboys scored two quick touchdowns as part of their 39-6 Class A, Region 4 win Friday night.
"It always takes a while for us to wake up," said Killdeer senior lineman Jaime Moreno Jr.
The win kept the Cowboys (5-1 overall, 4-1 Region 4) tied with Hazen for second-place in Region 4. Killdeer visits Hazen next Friday with the winner likely to get the region's No. 2 seed in the Class A playoffs.
New Salem-Glen Ullin opened the scoring with quarterback Skylar Rebel hitting junior Jalen Schaff on a 15-yard pass.
Killdeer stormed right back with a six-play drive, going nearly 70 yards on a series capped by junior Grady Houghton's 39-yard run. He came free off the right side of his line and ran past the Holstein's safeties.
Houghton said it wasn't just him that did the work.
"Our line played amazing tonight," Houghton said.
After holding New Salem-Glen Ullin to a short possession, Killdeer didn't waste time in scoring.
Senior Brodie Candrian took the ball to the Holsteins' 3 with a 25-yard catch. Senior Doug Kadrmas punched it in on the next play.
In the final minute before halftime, Kadrmas caught a 5-yard pass from senior quarterback Ben Pelton to give the Cowboys a 24-6 lead.
Junior Erik Tuhy scored on a 13-yard pass from Pelton early in the third quarter and junior Lane Overson finished Killdeer's scoring in the fourth with a 3-yard run.
Kadrmas ran for 97 yards on nine carries, with Houghton rushing for 65 yards on eight carries.
Pelton went 6 of 12 for 84 yards, throwing two touchdowns.
The Holsteins (2-4, 2-3) had to go with an untested Rebel with junior Lance Duppong out with a sprained wrist.
Rebel filled in and did as expected. He threw two interceptions as New Salem-Glen Ullin was driving deep into Killdeer territory. He went 4 of 11 for 44 yards.
"We moved the ball alright in the first half," New Salem-Glen Ullin head coach Steve Kleinjan said.
Despite Rebel's struggles, he wasn't the issue for the Holsteins.
"He'll get better as we clean some things up," Kleinjan said.
The Cowboys' line opened up plenty of holes on offense and shut down New Salem-Glen Ullin's running game that featured three backs for most of the first half.
Junior running back Cameron Morman, the Holsteins' leading rusher coming into the game, ran for 59 yards on 13 carries.
"They are big and physical upfront and that created some problems," Kleinjan said.
Moreno said the line didn't take the Holsteins for granted.
"Don't underestimate the little guys, but it happens," Moreno said of why Killdeer buckled down.
NSGU 6 0 0 0 -- 0
Killdeer 8 16 8 7 -- 39
NSGU-Jalen Schaaf 11 pass from Skylar Rebel (run failed)
K-Grady Houghton 39 run (Brodie Candrian pass from Ben Pelton)
K-Doug Kadrmas 3 run (Pelton run)
K-Kadrmas 5 pass from Pelton (Houghton run)
K-Erik Tuhy 13 pass from Pelton (Candrian run)
K-Lane Oversen 1 run (Nick Klatt kick)
RUSHING: NSGU, Cameron Morman 13-59, Taylor Heins 9-32. K, Kadrmas, 9-97, Houghton 8-65.
PASSING: NSGU, Rebel, 4-11-2 44. K, Pelton, 6-12-0 84.
RECEIVING: NSGU, Morman 2-18, Schaaf 1-11. K, Candrian 2-39, Hunter Lundquist 1-17, Tuhy 1-13, Kadrmas 1-5.