Cowboys contain Bengals for DFL football championship
CHASING DOWN â€” Burkhalter Bengals' runningback Jantz Blackburn (27) fights off a tackle attempt by the Daily Democrat Cowboys' Bryce Fuelling as Blake Bauman approaches during play in the Decatur Football League championship game. The Cowboys stopped the Bengals enough for a 14-0 win, finishing the season unbeaten and unscored on. (Photo by Jim Hopkins)
The Daily Democrat Cowboys remained perfect Saturday, defeating the Burkhalter Plumbing and Heating Bengals 14-0 in the DFL championship game played at Bob Worthman Stadium.
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The Cowboys finished at 5-0 for the year and did not yield a touchdown the entire season. The Bengals moved the ball inside the Cowboys five-yard line in the final period, but lost the ball on a fumble.
The Cowboys scored in the second period and on their first drive of the third period. Justin Hockemeyer tossed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Tony Busse for the first touchdown, then Hockemeyer booted the two-point P.A.T.
In the third period, Hockemeyer completed a three-play drive with an eight-yard touchdown run on the QB keeper. The kick failed.
Just before time expired in the first half, Hockemeyer picked off a Bengals pass and returned it close to the goal line, but didn't get in.
The Bengals had success moving the ball, but three turnovers hurt their cause.
Cowboys' coach Josh Butler credited several of his defensive players for aiding in the shutout. "Defensive end Caleb Hankenson had several tackles for losses and noseguard Duane Castle covered the middle and made several tackles inside," said Butler.
Linebacker Blake Bauman and Hockemeyer were also tackle leaders.
The coach credited his returning sixth graders for helping out the fifth graders and making it a team effort. "The kids worked together well and made it easy to coach," said Butler.
Bengals coach Kevin Burkhalter praised the work of his offensive backs, and his defense.Backs Jantz Blackburn, Andrew Hoover, Jantz Blackburn and Andrew Hammond had successful runs throughout the game.
Defensive plaudits went to tackle Braiden Shaw and Owen Alberson.
The Bengals finished 3-2.