Cowboys hit the road to take on the Golden Eagles

The Custer County High School football team heads to Lewistown Friday to take on the Fergus Golden Eagles in that school’s season-opener.

The Fergus team is similar to the team the Cowboys beat last season, with 19 players returning from last year. There are 60 players on this year’s Golden Eagle squad.

The Cowboys dropped their opener to the Powell Panthers 27-20 last Friday. Head Coach Jeff Regan has spent the past week working on issues exposed in the loss to Powell, in order to better prepare them for Fergus.

“We’ve had a good week of practice so far,” said Regan. “We haven’t made many changes. We have just worked on executing better, lining and assigning.”

Fergus hasn’t played a game yet, so the coaches haven’t had the chance to look at game footage to better prepare for the game Friday. They beat the Golden Eagles handily last season 38-13.

“We know they have some returning players, and we have to go up there and play like we can play,” said Regan. The trip is fairly long —211 miles — but not as long as next weeks trip to Havre.

According to Regan the biggest challenge this week is to control what they can control and fix the small mistakes they had last week against Powell. Regan wants his squad to take better care of the football than they did in the second half of last week’s game, when they committed three turnovers.

“We need to finish the game a little better than we did against Powell,” said Regan.

Tyler Burk has played consistently for the Cowboys for the past three years, and Regan expects him to continue down that same path. Burk has become a leader for the Cowboys this year, and Regan is happy with him in that position. Burk, a senior, had eight receptions for 177 yards Friday night.

Senior Gabe Gundlach worked hard over the summer to earn a quarterback position with the Cowboys in his final year. Gundlach hasn’t been on a Cowboy football team since he was in eighth grade, so he had a lot of work to do.

“He’s playing a position that is extremely taxing on you mentally,” Regan said of Gundlach. “He’s come a long way since deciding to come back out for football.” Regan thinks Gundlach will get better every week and continue to make progress as the season continues.