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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Turnovers prove costly for Cowboys in one-point loss to Bandera.
A return to the sidelines following a medical absence last week had CHS AD and Head Football Coach Marcus Booker feeling a little under the weather after the Cowboys dropped a narrow 14-13 decision to Bandera last Friday in his return to Cotulla.
Penalties and turnovers proved costly for the Cowboys as the coach said his squad may have been caught looking ahead to this week’s rivalry contest with Dilley.
“We came out flat,” Booker said. “It doesn’t help that we had like 30 penalties but we came out flat, we weren’t ready to play and that’s on me. I take full blame for our effort.
“They were kinda looking ahead and you can’t do that in high school football. Bandera is a pretty good team and they were a lot more physical than I thought they would be.
Despite the less than spirited effort, the Cowboys had a shot to tie the game in the fourth quarter but a missed extra point provided the difference.
“We missed the extra point,” Booker said. “We had the momentum and I should have gone for two and the win but I talked myself out of it. I figured we would just tie it up and go to overtime.”
Turnovers and, more importantly, capitalizing on those turnovers were another key part of the Cowboys’ one-point loss.
“We forced five turnovers and we just did not take advantage of them,” Coach Booker said. “We turned it over three times and they went and got points each time. We just can’t have that.”
Coach Booker is hoping that his team will bounce back this week with the added incentive of having a rivalry game and avoiding two straight losses but noted that his young team needs to mature quickly if they are to have any success.
“We’ve got to grow up fast,” he said. “We’re starting five freshmen on defense, and that’ll be great in three to four years but we need them to grow up and contribute now.”
Cotulla will make the 15 minute drive up IH-35 to take on the Wolves this Friday at Gosch Field. Although the schools did not play last season due to COVID-19, the first interruption in the series since a four-year stretch from 1994-97, Dilley has won three of the last five meetings between the two programs. Cotulla took a 13-6 win in the 2018 contest. The Wolves lead the head-to-head series 40-28-3.