Cowboys Defeat North Miami Beach 40-12
Our community could learn a lot from this team and how to handle adversity and not point fingers, but instead, simply continue to be great teammates and hard workers.” – Coach Mike Coe
The Madison County High School Cowboys (8-3) ended their regular season Friday night, Nov. 7, with a victory over the North Miami Beach High School Chargers (5-6) with a 40-12 final score. A victory on the football field was the perfect ending for their annual homecoming week.
“I was really proud of our guys last Friday night against North Miami Beach,” said Head Coach Mike Coe. “It was Homecoming and they had the day off from school, and lots of times, that is a bad combination, but our guys came in focused and ready to go.”
Coe said offense, defense and special teams shined during the contest on Friday night.
“All three phases of the game made big plays, offense, defense and special teams. It is always good, when you can get back ups into the game and get them some valuable playing time,” he said.
Akevious Williams led the team in rushing with 58 yards and two touchdowns in 11 attempts, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. Eric Bright notched 141 yards and one touchdown in 22 attempts, averaging 6.4 yards per carry. Kenny McQuay also found his way into the end zone for a rushing touchdown.
Williams earned 111 yards and one touchdown through the air in just four completions. Jay West had the lone touchdown in one catch that went for 80 yards.
Overall, the Cowboys finished with 379 yards of offense in 52 plays.
Jay West was named the Offensive Player of the Week; Ladarius Robinson defensive player of the week; and John Moore special teams player of the week.
The Cowboys began their season on the road against Suwannee High School for the kickoff classic, and slid past the Bulldogs for a 28-27 win. Their next game against Tampa Catholic was a 23-6 victory for the Cowboys. Brooks County came to Boot Hill Stadium and gave the Cowboys a fit, however, they left defeated with a 29-22 Cowboy win. Gainesville High was the next opponent on the calendar, and it was the next win for the Cowboys in a 48-23 beat down fashion.
Two of the Cowboys’ losses for the year came back-to-back on the road against Trinity Christian (42-7) and at Pace High with a 58-37 final score.
The Cowboys then got back to their winning ways and beat Taylor County 55-21 and Fort White 25-14 before suffering their third and final heartbreaking loss of the regular season against DeLand High School 38-35 at home.
Their final road game of the season came against Fernandina Beach High, and the Cowboys were able to shutout the home team with a 51-0 win. They ended their regular season Friday night against North Miami Beach with a 40-12 win.
“I could not be more proud of our guys than I am,” Coe said. “They have worked hard since last November in prepping for this season. We have faced seven playoff teams this season and won four of those games. These kids have battled through losing teammates to injuries and the next man has always just stepped up and done his best.”
Coe continued, “Our community could learn a lot from this team and how to handle adversity and not point fingers, but instead, simply continue to be great teammates and hard workers. This team is an absolute pleasure to coach and it is a joy to go to work everyday and be able to spend time with them and help them become better young men and be able to chase their dreams. I tell them all the time, football is what they do, not who they are. Who they are, is a son, a student, a young man, a grandson, a future dad, a future husband and a citizen. Football cannot be their everything, being a great young man, with character, work ethic, dependability, is far more important.”
“I want to thank the multiple businesses, churches, civic groups and individuals who have sponsored our program and fed our team this year. You guys will never understand what a difference you are making with your service,” Coe said with much appreciation.
Playoffs begin this Friday night and the Cowboys will take on the Walton High School Braves (7-3) at Boot Hill Stadium, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Come out and support the Cowboys.