WALLA WALLA - The Cowboys unleashed a two-edged sword here Saturday in the Walla Walla Youth Football Varsity Super Bowl.
Nick Zehner and Mason Knowles led the Cowboys to the title as the Cowboys posted a 41-0 win over the Razorbacks.
Zehner scored on runs of 10, 31 and 63 yards and threw for another touchdown. Knowles scored on runs of 16 and 44 yards and kicked two extra points.
"We have two phenomenal running backs (Zehner and Knowles)," Cowboys coach Kirk Zehner said. "Anytime those kids touch the ball, they could score."
Tanner Richey-Fairchild broke a seven-yard run to move the Cowboys to the Razorback five on the Cowboys' first possession and Nick Zehner finished the drive.
Runs by Taylor Hamada (5 yards), Trevett Sandberg (5 and 7 yards), and Javon Handcox (6 yards) moved the Razorbacks to the Cowboy 35 as time expired in the first with the Cowboys up 6-0.
The Cowboy defense stiffened and the Cowboys went 40 yards in four plays as Knowles scored from 16 yards out.
A Razorback three and out, and Knowles opened the Cowboy possession with a 44-yard TD run as the lead expanded to 22-0 at intermission.
"They are a real physical team," Razorback coach Moe Handcox said. "I thought we played well for the first quarter and a half. They just got us on the big plays on the outside."
Zehner's 31-yard TD run culminated a three-play, 55-yard Cowboy drive to open the second half. A three-and-out gave the ball back to the Cowboys at the Cowboy 31.
Zehner on the halfback pass hit Seamus Duffy for 49 yards and a 34-0 Cowboy lead.
"We have a really good club," coach Zehner said. "A lot of these kids I've coached for five years. No matter what we teach them, they absorb it. It's incredible. We're running plays you see college kids run."
The Razorbacks had their best scoring opportunity after a 15-yard gallop from Sandberg and a four-yard plunge from Tyler Greene. The Razorbacks marched to a fourth and less than one at the Cowboy three, but the Cowboy defense held.
"I think my kids did well," coach Handcox said. "That team (the Cowboys) is a well coached team that did well. They've been tough all year. We had a great year and making it this far (6-2 overall) is not bad. I take my hat off to the Cowboys, it just wasn't our night."
Zehner added the exclamation point to the Cowboy championship season with a 63-yard gallop with :57 left to run the final to 41-0.
"We haven't lost all year," coach Zehner said. "These kids hit hard and are an awesome group."
Junior Varsity: Huskies 26, Razorbacks 19
The Huskies outscored the Razorbacks 19-6 in the second half, but it wasn't until Bailey Lesko broke a statue of liberty play for a 16-yard touchdown run with 5:34 left and Chris Palomo ran in the conversion that the Razorbacks broke a 19-19 deadlock and pulled out the 26-19 win to earn the JV title.
"We gave them a snickers at halftime to get them fired up," Husky coach Frank Sotelo said. "They responded. We kind of practice it (the statue of liberty). It didn't go like we practice, but it worked."
The Razorbacks scored on a Anthony Senne 14-yard run to open the scoring. The Huskies answered on the ensuing kick off as Anthony Arroyo rumbled 68 yards to tie the score.
Tanner Schreindl scored on a 13-yard run and the Razorbacks led 13-7 after one.
The second period belonged to the defenses. Senne had two stops for losses for the Razorbacks, and Matthew Miedema had two stops for losses for the Huskies.
The Huskies got even on their opening drive of the second half as Palomo went in from nine yards out and took the lead on a Sammy Sotelo six-yard run.
Senne got the Razorbacks even on a five-yard run after Schreindl's 40-yard burst set it up, and the third ended in a 19-19 draw.
"Our quarterback (Jackson Shumate) and our tailback, got injured," Razorback coach Keith Burghardt said. "Shumate injured his collarbone pretty badly (was taken to the hospital for observation, but was reported to be OK). That (injury) limited what we could do in the second half. But the Huskies played really well.
"Overall, it was a great year as we didn't lose any regular season games," Burghardt continued. "We are probably the smallest team in the league, but they've got big hearts."
The Husky championship avenges an early season loss to the Razorbacks and caps their rebound to the championship.
"It's all their (the Huskies) hard work and focus," coach Sotelo said. "We stuck together as a team. I'm proud of all the boys."
Varsity: Cowboys 41, Razorbacks 0
Razorbacks 0 0 0 0 - 0
Cowboys 6 16 12 7 - 41
Cow - Zehner 10 run (kick blocked).
Cow - Knowles 16 run (Knowles kick).
Cow - Knowles 44 run (Knowles kick).
Cow - Zehner 31 run (run failed).
Cow - Duffy 49 pass from Zehner (run failed).
Cow - Zehner 63 run (Knowles run).
Junior Varsity: Huskies 26, Razorbacks 19
Huskies 7 0 12 7 - 26
Razorbacks 13 0 6 0 - 19
Raz - Senne 14 run (Shumate run).
Hus - Arroyo 65 kick off return (Martuscelli run).
Raz - Schreindl 13 run (run failed).
Hus - Palomo 9 run (run failed).
Hus - Sotelo 6 run (run failed).
Raz - Senne 5 run (run failed).
Hus - Schmidt 16 run (Palomo run).