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Gladiators run up the middle for a big 31-0 win over Crook County; Madras up next

After starting the season with a 2-0 record, the Crook County Cowboys met their match this past Friday as they fell to the Gladstone Gladiators 31-0 in Tri-Valley Conference football.

The loss drops the Cowboys to 2-1 on the year while Gladstone improves to 3-0 and moves into sole possession of first place in the conference.

"Obviously not what we hoped for," said Crook County head coach Ryan Cochran. "They capitalized on some of our mistakes, and we got hit with some injuries that took us out of the game in the second half."

Gladstone pounded the ball up the middle most of the contest and took advantage of their size to dominate the line of scrimmage.

The Cowboys managed just 204 yards of total offense, with 146 yards rushing and just 58 yards passing.

Quarterback Hogan Smith completed 12 passes and threw his first interception of the year. Smith led the Cowboys in rushing with 51 yards, while Austin Rochelle rushed for 30 yards, and Triston Fischer ran for 24 yards. Joshua Knight led the Cowboys in receiving with 28 yards.

Trevyn Smith led the Cowboy defense with six tackles while Easton Perrin, Knight, Hogan Smith and Palmer Smith all had four tackles.

Crook County is home this Friday night when they host the Madras White Buffalos, 21-0 winners last Friday over North Marion. It was the White Buffalos' first win of the season, and they will come into the game with a 1-2 record.

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