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Cotulla had to dig deep and overcome injuries to win a 42-40 shootout over Corpus Christi West Oso last Friday in their football season opener at Meyers Memorial Stadium.
“The kids played extremely hard, Cowboy football,” CHS AD and Head Football Coach Marcus Booker said. “West Oso has a very talented team.
“Our defense played well, they just tried to wear us down with numbers, and to be honest, they did wear us down, my kids just dug deep down and finished with alot of heart. Now that’s Cowboy football.”
The Cowboys used a strong performance from quarterback Joseph Salazar before he went down with an injury. Prior to that, he completed 10 of 15 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns and he ran for another.
“Offensively, Joseph played well at quarterback,” Booker said. “Alex Medina came in to finish the game after Joseph got hurt and rushed 11 times for 152 yards and touchdown and also had a pick six for 106 yards.”
Speedy running back Jose Gonzalez, who complements the tough inside running of Jesse Sanchez added eight carries for 108 yards and a touchdown.
“The offensive line played their hearts out,” the coach said of his interior players. “I had one lineman have COVID and he couldn’t practice all week but played most of the game because of injuries and played extremely well.
“I’m very proud of the effort the kids played with because they [West Oso] didn’t have any kids start both ways and we have at least eight that do. We played so hard in the fourth quarter and didn’t have a lot of gas left in the tank but they Cowboy’ed up and played with heart and finished the game the right way.
“I’m very proud to be their coach.”
The Cowboys will look to make it 2-0 this week as they take on the Bandera Bulldogs. Bandera lost a 38-13 decision to Poteet in their season opener last Friday. Game time is 7 p.m.