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Cowboys jr. midgets stampede past Orland
Maybe time of possession in football isn't all that it's cracked up to be.
The Colusa Cowboys jr. midgets ran just four plays in the first quarter but scored on three of them Saturday, and ran roughshod over the Orland Aztecs for a 34-0 win in the first round of the NorCalFed Division II playoffs at Harrison Stadium in Oroville.
Colusa wasted no time establishing their dominance and showing just why they are the Southern Conference II champions, as Aksil Howell-Coombs exploded through a hole off left tackle and sprinted 51 yards on Colusa's first play from scrimmage for a touchdown. Brandon Guevara nailed the PAT kick after a bobbled snap for a rapid-fire 8-0 lead.
After the Colusa defense held the Aztecs in place on their first possession, Elijah Diaz blocked the punt and gave the ball back to the Cowboys on the Orland 8-yard line.
Brendan Garcia punched it across for six more points, with Guevara making it 16-0.
The Cowboys began their next drive on their 49 following another punt, and on the second play of the drive Howell-Coombs hot-footed it down the left sideline, juking an Orland defender at the 15 and completing his second TD run in as many caries for 43 yards. Guevara made it 24-0 with his right foot, and closed out the first-half scoring with a 25-yard field goal in the second quarter to make it 27-0 at the half.
There's a good chance the Cowboys could have found the end zone again on the possession, but elected to kick on first-and-goal so as not to score too many points before all their players had been in for the minimum number of plays.
Howell-Coombs also ran for an apparent 55-yard TD on a punt return in the second quarter, but the play was called back due to a penalty for an illegal block to the back.
Orland was marching as time ticked away in the second quarter, and completed a pass down to the Colusa 2 before a pair of Cowboys pushed the receiver out of bounds to keep the shutout intact.
Howell-Coombs scored his TD of the day in the third quarter on a 50-yard run, and with the Cowboys facing first-and-goal from the 10 in the fourth quarter, they mercifully opted to kneel out their time with the ball and turn it over to Orland with just 32 second remaining.
Howell-Coombs finished with four carries for 156 yards and three scores, and Brendan Garcia rushed for 88 yards and a TD.
Defensively, Howell-Coombs led the defensive stand with seven tackles, Grant Hartill made six, and Garcia and Camron Telford each wrapped up five. Shane Calcagno and Luis Diaz added four tackles apiece
Colusa (8-1, 5-0 Southern Conference II) takes on U-Prep (6-2, 5-1 Northern Conference II) at 2 p.m. Saturday, again at Harrison Stadium.
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