BY KEVIN KOPLIN
After defeating McArthur and Nova high schools consecutively, the Cooper City Cowboys came into Friday’s game, on September 24th, looking to stay undefeated against the Monarch Knights.
Quarterback Myles Notkin started the game off right, scoring off of a 25 yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Notkin looked sharp throwing and running the ball downfield, setting the Cowboys up in great field position throughout the game. Then in the second quarter, Cowboys tailback Camden Krohn took an inside hand off 68 yards for a touchdown, putting the Cowboys ahead 14-0.
Later in the second quarter, Knights quarterback Lindely Reid dove into the end zone on a 2-yard sneak, giving Monarch some hope in a close game. But the Cowboys did not falter, and the extra point was blocked by linebacker Eleazar Rausseo and defensive lineman Eric Anderson, giving the Cowboys momentum heading into halftime with the score 14-6.
The Cowboys started the second half off with a bang, when Notkin threw a strike to running back Jesse Mims for a 52 yard touchdown. With five minutes left in the third quarter and the ball on their own 27 yard line, Notkin ran the ball evading defenders for a long 73 yard touchdown run, giving the Cowboys a 28-6 lead which would end up the final score.
The Cowboys defense was stout, giving the Knights very little to work with. In the second half, when Monarch was in the red zone looking to come back, defensive back Bubba Beaton intercepted a pass in the end zone resulting in a touch back. In the fourth quarter, a huge sack by defensive lineman Josh Phipps resulted in a loss of 13 yards destroying all Monarchs hopes of coming back into the game.
With a mixture of run and pass plays from Notkin and some key defensive stops, the Cowboys looked impressive in their 28-6 beat down of the Monarch Knights.
Cooper City hopes to keep their undefeated season alive as they head to Western High School to face the Wildcats on the road, October 1st.