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Cowboys take RJFL title 32-0
Oct 11, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The junior league champs gave up just two touchdowns all season in compiling a 6-0 record.
The Cowboys clicked from the start on Thursday night to claim the Riverton Junior Football League title in a convincing 32-0 win over the Packers.
The championship game was played at the RJFL football field. The league is for fifth- and sixth-graders.
The Cowboys completed the season for a perfect 6-0 mark. The Packers ended the year at 3-3.
"I thought that we played really well with intensity and with a lot of heart," Cowboys head coach Jason Campbell said.
The Cowboys only gave up 12 points on the year. The two touchdowns scored were on kickoff returns to Lander Black and Lander Green.
In the regular season, the Cowboys rolled over the 49ers (39-0), Packers (25-0), Lander Green (51-6), Lander Black (25-6) and the Bears (33-0).
The games in the league based on 15 plays per quarter.
"I'm happy seeing kids progress through the year," Campbell said. "Even after the game last night, they were still asking questions about different scenarios on how to block things and what to do in certain situations. You look for improvement throughout the year in everything."
The Bears edged the 49ers 20-19 on Wednesday night in the third-place game.
Members of the Cowboys were Trystan Gorley, Ridge Briggs, Dillon Lange, Brock Hinkle, Konner Gaston, Kaden Kellner, Sheridan Powell, Logan Fabrizius, Kaden Gantenbien, Cade Campbell, Tyler Emerson, Chayse Wilson, Cole Barrett, Eli Gard, Keyano Fasthorse, Braeden Lucas and Andrew Oldman.
"We had some of our better players step up that started out a little slow," Campbell said. "It was a total team effort."
Campbell was assisted by Jason Claussen and Jim Hinkle.
Danny Watson is the head coach for the Packers.
Cowboys 32, Packers 0
The best drive for the Packers in the title game turned out to be the first one.
The Packers took the opening kickoff all the way down to the Cowboys 10-yard line.
The Cowboys stopped the Packers short of the end zone.
"It was extremely crucial that we kept them out of the end zone," Campbell said. "If they would have completed that pass on fourth down it would have been a momentum changer. That could have changed the game."
On the first offensive play from scrimmage for the Cowboys saw Lange blast through the hole for a 50-yard touchdown run.
"We were able to run the ball all year," Campbell said. "It was attributed to backs that run hard and our kids up front know how to get it done."
In the second quarter, Lange added his second touchdown of the game for a 13-0 lead.
The Cowboys took a 19-0 advantage in halftime when quarterback Briggs found the end zone on a 15-yard run.
The Cowboys added two more touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Early in the third quarter, Briggs hit Fabrizius for a 20-yard pass.
"We weren't a big passing team," Campbell said. "We did get better. Logan has great hands."
Tyler Emerson ended the scoring for the Cowboys late in the third quarter.
Kellner was the center for the Cowboys.
Cade Campbell was the right guard. Gorley played in the right tackle position.
Hinkle was the left guard and Lucas took care of the left tackle spot. Fabrizius started at the tight end.
"They worked well together," Campbell said. "They knew their hole assignments and blocking assignments. "
The four Riverton teams will now combine to make one team made up of sixth-graders for the 14th annual Fremont Football Festival.
The festival is Saturday, Oct. 19. The Riverton team will practice four times before playing. The games will be played at the RJFL field.
The football event has teams coming from Lander, Star Valley, Jackson, Cody, Powell and Douglas.
Each team gets two games in one day.