Cowboy JVs dominate Dickinson

The Custer County junior varsity football team played a cohesive game and won their season opener 46-14 over Dickinson on Monday.

Cowboy assistant coaches Aaron Essex and John Tooke were in charge of the squad and put the ball in the hands of Arie Leischner, which proved prudent. Leischner, a junior, did a good job of seeing the field and finding open receivers, keeping the ball when necessary.

The Cowboys dominated the first quarter on both sides of the ball. A Riley Weischedel interception led to a Joey Richard rushing touchdown one play later to give the Cowboys a 6-0 lead.

The Cowboy defense then forced Dickinson to turn the ball over on downs. Keith Vanderlaan was quick to take advantage and ran for 70 yards for a Cowboy touchdown, his first of four on the night. Vanderlaan dodged defenders and broke tackles, switching directions to throw off the Midget defense.

Dickinson followed with a touchdown drive, but Kip Krebsbach answered back for Custer County, returning the kickoff for a touchdown and a 20-6 Cowboy lead.

Junior Nate Simpson helped the Cowboys defensively, sacking the quarterback and forcing a punt that fell into the arms of Vanderlaan, who ran for his second touchdown of the evening.

The second half continued similar to the first. Tristan Hirsch added another touchdown to the Cowboys’ total, but Dickinson answered with one of their own and a two-point conversion to narrow the gap to 34-14.

The Cowboy defense kept the Midgets deep in their own territory, almost forcing a safety on the punt, setting up Vanderlaan for his third touchdown of the night.

The Dickinson offense couldn’t get far enough down the field and the Cowboy defense was predicting their moves easily. Vanderlaan managed to intercept a pass, returning it for a touchdown and the final points of the game.