Cowboys' roster had only 19 players on it for game

Nicole D. Perez, Jim Wells County Correspondent

BENAVIDES - Friday night's showdown between the Benavides Eagles and the Premont Cowboys got off to a slow start with neither team hitting the end zone in the first quarter.

Despite the fatigue that hit both teams, who both sported less than 20 players for the night, the Cowboys were able to amass 33 points to the Eagles' 12.

"Winning is always fun," said first-year Premont coach David Montano. "Our guys were much-improved from the previous week. They did an excellent job of fighting through the whole game. We're playing Iron Man football with only 19 players."

The Cowboys struck first with a one-yard TD run by quarterback Steven Cavazos to start off the second quarter of play. The point after by Martin Tafallo was good making the score 7-0 in favor of the Cowboys. Cavazos returned to the end zone later in the second quarter with a 13-yard run. Tafallo's kick was good, making it 14-0.

Benavides' Eric Alaniz's 40-yard run helped set up a touchdown pass to Stephan Saenz just before half-time. The point after was blocked bringing the score to 14-6 at the half.

The Cowboys continued to dominate in the second half, scoring on a 40-yard pass from Cavazos to Juan Hinojosa. Late in the third, the Eagles' Mario Martinez scored on a 22-yard run. The Eagles went for the two-point conversion, but were stopped short of the end zone.

The Cowboys answered right back with a 19-yard pass into the end zone as the final minute of the third ticked off, bringing the score to 27-12.

Cavazos scored his third touchdown of the night with 2:47 left in the game. The point after was no good, bringing the final score to 33-12.

"It's good to watch them and see them work through their fatigue, they just get so tired," Montano said.

Montano said the Cowboys need to make some improvements on defense in order to be ready for next week's road game against Taft.

Benavides travels to Riviera.