Cowboys fall 45-28 to Eagle-Indians


The Dalles-Wahtonka jumps out to early lead then holds on for win

For the third consecutive game, the Crook County Cowboys were by: PHOTO COURTESY OF DOUG SMITH - Clark Woodward breaks into the open during the first quarter of the Cowboys loss to The Dalles-Wahtonka Eagle-Indians. Woodward finished with 40 yards in 10 carries as the Cowboys fell 45-28.left wondering what might have been.

Friday evening, the Crook County football team fell behind early, rallied briefly, then fell behind again, in a 45-28 loss to The Dalles-Wahtonka Eagle-Indians.

“It was a pretty even battle,” said Crook County Head Coach Ryan Cochran. “They just had some really big plays and we missed some huge opportunities.”

The Cowboys finished with 383 yards of total offense and 23 first downs compared to 388 yards and 22 first downs for the Eagle-Indians. However, Crook County made several critical mistakes and each time, The Dalles-Wahtonka took advantage.

The Eagle-Indians scored first on an eight-yard pass from Chaise Shroll to Zach Nerdin eight minutes into the contest to take a 6-0 lead. After Crook County was unable to move the ball, The Dalles-Wahtonka took over and quickly scored again on a 15-yard pass from Shroll to Austin Dehart.?Shroll ran the two-point conversion in and the Eagle-Indians led 14-0.

However, the Cowboys regrouped and quickly got back into the game. After leading Crook County down the field, quarterback Blake Bartels scrambled into the end zone from 25 yards out and the Cowboys were on the board. The kick failed and Crook County trailed 14-6.

Grant Porfily recovered a fumble on the Eagle-Indian’s next possession and the Cowboys were back in business. Clark Woodward scored on a 10-yard run. When Aaron Swindle ran the two-point conversion across the goal line, the game was tied 14-14.

The Eagle-Indians answered five minutes later on a 10-yard run by Shroll. Shroll passed the ball to Nerdin for the two point conversion and The Dalles-Wahtonka led 22-14.

That’s what the score should have been at the half. Unfortunately, the Cowboys were unable to keep possession of the ball. The Dalles-Wahtonka took possession late in the half, then aided by a 15-yard penalty from Crook County, the Eagle-Indians scored with just 1.5 seconds left in the half on a one-yard run by Shroll. The Eagle-Indians converted the two point conversion and The Dalles-Wahtonka went into the half leading 30-14.

“It stung quite a bit actually,” said Cochran.

When Shroll hit Austin Wilson for a 38-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter, it looked like the Eagle-Indians had put the game out of reach.

However, once again, the Cowboys battled back. Crook County scored just five seconds into the fourth quarter on an eight-yard pass from Mike Irwin to Ryder Shinkle and the Cowboys trailed 38-20. The Cowboys regained possession of the ball and scored quickly on a 62-yard pass from Irwin to Crites as Crook County closed to 38-28.

The Cowboys had the Eagle-Indians stopped on their next possession. Then, on fourth and 11, Shroll dropped back to pass. Crites appeared to break the play up. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, the ball popped up in the air and an Eagle-Indian receiver snatched the ball up and raced for a first down. From there, the Eagle-Indians were able to run most of the clock out. Shroll finally scored an insurance touchdown with 48 seconds remaining in the contest to put the game out of reach.

The Cowboys finished the game with 299 yards rushing and 84 yards passing. Meanwhile, the Eagle-Indians had 241 yards rushing and 147 yards passing.

Colbran Meeker led the Cowboy rushing attack with 96 yards on 16 carries. Swindle added 73 yards on 14 carries, while Woodward finished with 40 yards on 10 carries. Bartels completed one of three pass attempts for 12 yards, while Irwin was 3-8 for 7 -yards and two touchdowns.

Crites led the Crook County receiving core with one catch for 62 yards and a touchdown. Shinkle finished with three catches for 22 yards and a score.

Shroll did most of the damage for The Dalles-Wahtonka. He was 17-34 passing for 224 yards and added 168 yards rushing on 17 carries.

Defensively, the Cowboys were led by Trayton Libolt and Cole Ovens with seven tackles apiece, while Seth Flegel and Gunnar Robirts each added five tackles.

Connor Shortt led the Eagle-Indian defense with 12 tackles while Riley Bardes added 10.

“The game was closer than what the score appears,” Cochran said. “They were a good football team, but we actually improved a ton from what we did the game before. It’s a shame to lose a game like that.”

With the win, The Dalles-Wahtonka raised their record to 2-1 while the Cowboys fell to 0-3.

Crook County is home on Friday against the 2-1 Madras White Buffalos. Game time is 7 p.m.

“We just have to clean things up and focus on getting better.”

The Dalles-Wahtonka 45, Crook County 28

at The Dalles

The Dalles-Wahtonka 14 16 8 7 — 45

Crook County 0 14 0 14 — 28

TDW — Zach Nerdine 8-yard pass from Chaise Shroll (pass failed)

TDW — Austin Dehart 15-yard pass from Shroll (Shroll run)

CC — Blake Bartels 25-yard run (kick failed)

CC — Clark Woodward 9-yard run (Aaron Swindle run)

TDW — Shroll 10-yard run (Nerdin pass from Shroll)

TDW — Shroll 1-yard run (Devin Wilson pass from Shroll)

TDW — Austin Wilson 38-yard pass from Shroll (Dehart pass from Shroll)

CC — Ryder Shinkle 8-yard pass from Mike Irwin (run failed)

CC — Jon Crites 62-yard pass from Irwin (Irwin run)

TDW — Shroll 1-yard run (Eli Holeman kick)