The Manawa Cowboys’ Red and Black teams headed to Winneconne Aug. 28, while the White team headed to Berlin.
In the 10:30 a.m. game, the Cowboys’ White team faced Berlin. The first touchdown was made by No. 7 Bo Koehn and the other touchdown was made by No. 17 Dylan Moeller. No score was given for this game.
“The kids came and played a good game,” stated coach Mike Koehn.
Manawa Red 7
The Red team faced the Winneconne Wolves in the 10 a.m. game. No scoring happened in first and second quarters.
With 3 minutes, 4 seconds left on the clock in the third quarter, the ball was passed to Manawa’s No. 28 Zachery Teuscher, who was unfortunately tackled by No. 82 from Winneconne. After that the excitement really began with 1:54 left on the clock. McCormack Flores ran 50 yards to make the touchdown, outpacing two Winneconne players. The one-point conversion was good as No. 1 Nathaniel Reynolds scored it untouched. Manawa Red led 7-0.
In the fourth quarter, the ball was given to Manawa’s No. 10 Ryan Schuelke, who was stopped by Winneconne. With 3:54 left on the clock, Winneconne made a touchdown and the one-point conversion was good to tie the game 7-7. Flores got the ball, but was tackled. All of a sudden No. 29 from Winneconne had the ball and tried going for the touchdown, but Manawa’s No. 9 Ethan Wiesner and No. 4 Isaac Eklund plowed him down. With 40 seconds on the clock, Winneconne pulled through for a touchdown and a one-point conversion.
Manawa Black 20
As the day got hotter, the Manawa Cowboys’ Black team played at 11:30 a.m. The first quarter started out with Winneconne punting the ball. The Cowboys’ No. 8 Ethan Hass ran the ball up the field until he was tackled. Then the ball was handed to No. 15 Caden Lick, who was also stopped by Winneconne. With 2:20 left on the clock, the ball was handed to Hass for the touchdown and the two-point field goal was good. Manawa led 8-0. Manawa then punted the ball, but sadly it landed in the side lines. The first quarter ended with No. 47 from Winneconne trying to go for a touchdown, but Manawa’s No. 23 Michael Gray Jr. shut him down.
The second quarter started out with Manawa’s No. 68 Wyatt Osman carrying the ball until No. 85 from Winneconne tackled him. With 3:34 left on the clock, Hass made a touchdown and the two-point field goal was no good. Good tackles from No. 47 Michael Samson, No. 75 Ben Beyer and No. 63 Cameron Oltz stopped Winneconne from scoring. Manawa led 14-0.
In the fourth quarter, Manawa’s No. 22 Zach Kreklow broke through two tackles for a touchdown, but the two-point field goal was no good.
During a tackle, No. 45 from Winneconne was injured but was able to walk off the field, and that was the game: Manawa Black 20, Winneconne 0.
After the coaches talked to the kids and they sang their song “We Are the Cowboys,” I asked head coach Kurt Kreklow for his statement. “The kids really came out in the game,” stated Kreklow. “They didn’t pass the ball the way I wanted them to, but they made a very good improvement.”
The Manawa Cowboys are off for a couple of weeks, but play will resume Saturday, Sept. 11, in Weyauwega. The Red team plays at 4 p.m., the White team plays at 5:30 p.m., and the Black team plays at 7 p.m.