On Friday, September 21, the Duster football team took on the Cozad Haymakers at home.
“I like the connection we have as a team and the ability to lift one another up when we are down,” said Imanol Munoz
The Dusters saw great improvement within a week as they played a hard fought game against the Cozad Haymakers. The team had a solid start – tied or trailing by seven points for the majority of the first half.
Senior Aaron Drews scored on a 81-yard pass from Drake Johnson in the first quarter making the score 7-3 with a Duster lead. An unfortunate late turnover had the Dusters pinned against their own endzone. The Haymakers scored and took a 21-7 halftime lead. The Haymakers continued to extended their lead in the second half as the Dusters couldn’t seem to catch a break. Late in the fourth quarter, Aaron Drews scored again off of a Drake Johnson 24 yard pass.
The Haymakers won the game 41-14 but the attitude of the team is unchanged.
“You can expect in upcoming games to see us working as a team and not as individuals,” senior Drake Johnson
Drake Johnson led the team in rushing and passing yards throwing for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Aaron Drews put up 170 yards receiving on 8 catches and caught both of the touchdown passes.
Defensively Zach Reed put up 13 tackles and Imanol Munoz contributed 12 on the night. Munoz also had 2 tackles for a loss which led the team.
The team is optimistic with strides taken in games and practices going exceptionally well. Spirits are especially high after the young J.V. boys beat Minden 22-20.