The Plains Cowboys rode the running of Juan Posades to a 17-16 win Friday night on Sudan’s home turf.
The Cowboys built a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter before Sudan cut the lead to 14-6 at intermission. Plains added a 26-yard field goal off the toe of Luis Rosales to go up 17-7 with 4:08 still left in the third quarter.
Sudan capitalized off a bad snap on a punting situation when the ball rolled out of the end zone for a safety that made the score 17-8 midway through the final quarter. The Hornets closed out the scoring with 3:50 left in the game. A 2-point PAT was good cutting the lead to 17-16. The touchdown was set up following a 35-yard pass completion.
The Hornets had one more opportunity but Christian Morales snuffed out the comeback with an interception at midfield with :45 showing on the clock. Quarterback Mathew Gonzales then took a knee to run out the clock and a big win on a rainy night in Sudan.
The Cowboys scored early in the game on a nice tackle breaking 76-yard run by Posades on Plains second offensive play. Bo Franklin had the first carry of the game gaining three yards to their 40, but a holding call put the ball back on the 24 setting the stage for the long touchdown run. Rosales added the PAT and Plains was up 7-0 with 10:16 still left in the first quarter.
With :13 left in the initial quarter Mathew Hartman got into the scoring act with a nice 30 yard run to up the lead to 13-0. Rosales once again split the uprights and the Cowboys closed out the first quarter with a 14-0 lead.
Sudan got on the board with 8:26 left before halftime on a 39-yard run by Austin Conley. Going for a 2-point attempt by Conley, Plains defenders Mathew Hartman and Ethan Harris wrapped him up on the three-yard line.
That closed out the scoring until the Plains field goal in the third quarter and the late comeback attempt by Sudan.
Plains had a total offense of 252 yards which included 249 yards rushing and 10 first downs. The defense gave up 255 yards to Sudan. That included 142 rushing yards and 113 through the air. They finished the game with 14 first downs.
Posades finished the night with 165 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown, Bo Franklin had 57 yards on 17 attempts, Mathew Hartman had 40 yards on just 4 carries and one touchdown, and Mathew Gonzales finished the night with 23 yards on nine carries. Gonzales also completed one of two passes for another three yards.
The Cowboys will be open tonight (Friday) and will start district action next Friday, October 13, when they host Hamlin. Game time for all district games will be at 7pm.