Cowboys look to right ship at home versus Hardin on Friday

The Custer County High School football team will try to turn its season around in the friendly confines of Connors Stadium.

The Cowboys, who sport a 2-3 record, will play three of their final four regular season games at home, starting tomorrow night against Hardin. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Despite the losing record, the Cowboys can still finish 4-1 in the Eastern A Conference, with all four remaining games coming against conference foes.

Hardin is also 2-3 for the year and is coming off a 46-20 loss to Billings Central Catholic last week. They’ll be looking for revenge after last season, when Custer County blanked the Bulldogs 43-0 in Hardin.

Coach Chris Reed’s Hardin squad has yet to play in a close game this season. The Bulldogs beat Browning 40-6 and Park 53-30, while also losing to Havre 31-0 and Butte Central Catholic 41-7.

Hardin fields a young team, with just six seniors on the 41-man roster.

The teams have played one mutual opponent — Havre — this year. Havre nipped Custer County 13-12 on Sept. 9, and shut out Hardin 31-0 on Sept. 2.

Custer County is coming off a 41-0 shellacking at Sidney last Friday. Turnovers and the inability to stop the run contributed to the lopsided loss, as the Cowboys surrended more than 300 yards on the ground.

The Cowboys are scoring at a rate of 18.6 points per game, while the defense has yielded 20.4 ppg.

Most of Custer County’s success on offense has come via the pass. Senior wide receiver Tyler Burk is junior quarterback Gabe Gundlach’s favorite target.

The Cowboys were unbeaten at this point last season, en route to an 11-1 overall record.