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Football: Foothills improves to 5-0
By: Bruce Campbell
| Posted: Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 06:00 am
Some cowboys were cut off with the pass in Okotoks on the weekend.
Foothills Falcon gunslinger Hunter Karl and his posse of sure-handed receivers exploded for three first-quarter touchdowns en route to a 42-11 victory over the Crescent Heights Cowboys at Falcon Field Saturday.
“I love playing with these receivers, we’re all best friends and we have played a lot together,” Karl said. “We’ve picked up this sixth sense of knowing where each other are. They are all really smart and they all know how to get open.”
However, it appeared the Cowboys could make hay against the Falcons on the opening drive.
Crescent Heights was moving the ball on its first possession but it stalled when a Cowboy runningback coughed up the ball when he was belted by Falcon linebacker Ben Wattie.
Fellow linebacker Cody Thompson scooped it up and ran the ball down to the Cowboys’ 44-yard line.
Two plays later Karl tossed a swing pass to Morgan Burbank, who then ran it 10 yards to paydirt giving the Falcons a 7-0 lead.
The young Cowboys shot themselves in the foot on the next drive, when they turned it over on downs at midfield.
The Falcons would increase their lead to 14-0 when Karl hit a streaking T.J. Tighe down the south sideline for a 37-yard touchdown.
“We have a lot of chemistry,” Tighe said of his connection with the quarterback. “I love this offence. With our no-huddle not a lot of defences can stop us because they get tired.”
The big hand of receiver Garrett Young gave Foothills a 21-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Young was crossing the field when Karl appeared to have thrown the ball too far in front of the fleet-footed receiver. However, Young stuck out his long-right arm like it was the Canadarm grabbing a satellite and snared the pigskin. He then cut up field for a 45-yard touchdown.
“I saw the ball coming over the edge and I knew I had to make a play so I just reached out and was able to haul it in,” Young said. “I was surprised I caught it. I thought it was out of my reach.
“And once I brought it in, I just knew I had to make it to the end zone. After a catch like that I knew I just had to score.”
The Falcons kept rolling in the second quarter when Josh Koshman burst his way through a hole for an eight-yard touchdown run.
Foothills would go into the locker room with a 35-0 lead when Karl hit speedster Rory Forrester on the sideline. He then cut up the middle and into the end zone for a 44-yard touchdown.
“Last year, I wasn’t running the plays as well as I am now and that’s making a big difference for me,” Forrester said.
The Cowboys’ troubles got worse about one second into the second half when they decided to kick the ball to Koshman.
Koshman took the ball to the house on an 80-yard touchdown run. The Cowboys would get on the board in the third quarter on a 40-yard run by quarterback Galen Beerbaum to make it 42-8 after the two-point conversion.
They would add a field goal in the fourth quarter to make the final 42-11.
Cowboys coach Darren Ward said his team is two weeks behind the Falcons and it showed.
“I know this league is two weeks ahead of us and that made a difference,” Ward said. “We just came out slow and couldn’t keep up to the speed of Foothills… our DBs have never been tested like that.
“It was a great test for us. I’m happy with how we played.”
Foothills Falcons defensive co-ordinator Nathan St. Dennis said his defence was able to make the required adjustments when the Cowboys showed they could move the ball on their opening drives.
“They did it themselves,” St. Dennis said. “Our kids have had a lot of looks and they have the experience to make the adjustments.”
He added the Falcons’ high-octane offence also took the wind out of the Cowboys’ sails with three quick strikes.
Earlier in the week, Foothills downed the Highwood Mustangs 29-16 on Sept. 17, a game in which the Falcons played Grade 10 and 11 players for the majority of the contest.
The Falcons are now 5-0 and are ranked third in the province among Tier II schools (750-1,249 students), behind the Catholic Central Cougars out of Lethbridge and Red Deer’s Hunting Hills.
The Falcons will play for the No. 1 ranking in Okotoks this week when they host their rivals from the north, the Holy Trinity Academy Knights.
Kick-off is at 7 p.m.