Cowboys Going Crazy

Cowboys Going Crazy

Jake Bellmer

After a 6-4 record and a share of the Big North American Division Title last year, the Pascack Hills Cowboys are off to a good start to the 2015-2016 campaign. The Cowboys opened up the 2015 season against the tough rival Westwood Cardinals. The game was a close one. The game was once tied at six a piece in the third quarter, thanks to a Nick Garcia 45-yard rushing touchdown, Westwood answered with a 30-yard receiving touchdown by Ryan Lawton. Pascack Hills would end up losing 15-6 in a hard fought game, starting the season 0-1. Their next opponent would be Fort Lee at home.

The home opener for Pascack Hills was an exciting one. QB, Nick Garcia, started off the scoring for the Cowboys with a 42-yard run, giving Hills the lead, 6-3. He was far from done. After a touchdown by Fort Lee’s Emanuel Montoya, Garcia ran for another touchdown, this one from 11 yards. The Cowboys then charged up the field after stopping Fort Lee. Junior HB, Deven Deppert, found the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown extending the Cowboys lead to 21-10 going into halftime. Deppert started off the half just like he ended the previous one. This was a 58-yard Marshawn Lynch like touchdown run. The Fort Lee Bridgemen answered with another TD by WR Emanuel Montoya, bringing the score to 28-16 after the 2-point conversion failed. The ensuing play seemed to put the icing on the cake for the Cowboys. Nick Garcia sprinted 65 yards to the end zone for his 3rd touchdown of the game extending the lead to 19 points after 3 quarters of play. Pascack Hills’ defense led by Seniors Nick Garcia, Antoine Lash and John Aquaviva held Fort Lee to 0 points in the 4th quarter, but Hills’ offense wasn’t done yet. Deppert ran for his 3rd touchdown of the game, equaling Garcia’s game total. Deppert finished the game with 12 carries for 136 yards and 3 scores. In addition, Garcia finished with 10 carries for 152 yards, finding the end zone 3 times, as well. Sophomore Kicker, Mark Henni, was 4-4 on extra points, helping the Cowboys dominate Fort Lee, 42-16, bringing them to 1-1 on the season. The next game for Pascack Hills was home versus Sussex Tech on September 25th.

The 2-0 Sussex Tech Mustangs would come to Montvale, New Jersey to play the 1-1 Pascack Hills Cowboys. The run-heavy Cowboys would continue their impressive run game. QB Nick Garcia got the Cowboys on the scoreboard quickly with a 20-yard touchdown run. Garcia wasn’t only a playmaker on offense in the game. Just minute’s later on special teams, he returned a punt 60-yards to the end zone to extend the early lead, 14-0. A struggling Sussex Tech offense was held to 0 points in the 1st, but got on the board with a 45-yard run by Shyheim Outland. The Cowboys would answer with another Garcia touchdown run and a 1-yard rushing touchdown from Senior FB, Griffin Mongiello. At half, the Cowboys had a 31-7 lead. Mongiello would continue to run over Sussex Tech defenders. He found the end zone twice in the 3rd quarter, finishing with 189 rushing yards and 3 TDs on 16 carries on the night. Garcia also increased his total rushing TDs on the season to 6. Pascack Hills had a demanding lead going into the 4th quarter. The Cowboys defense held the Mustangs to 7 points in 3 quarters. Cornerbacks Antione Lash and Jin-Woo Kim were locking down their opponents. OLB Mark Ulanday and MLB Chrisitan Piantino were the leaders on the defensive side; stopping the run game for Sussex Tech. Heading into the 4th quarter, the Cowboys led 45-7. Pascack Hills would beat the undefeated Sussex Tech Mustangs, 45-27, to improve to 2-1 on the young season.

The Pascack Hills Cowboys were home for their third straight game, but this time the weather was brutal. The temperature was below 50 degrees and the rain came down hard, making the playing conditions tough. Pascack Hills didn’t mind that though. QB Nick Garcia put the Cowboys on the scoreboard early with a 16-yard touchdown run. FB Griffin Mongiello would continue to run over defenders like he did the previous week. He was handed the ball, ran behind his impressive offensive line, and rushed 3 yards into the end zone. The halftime score was 20-0, as Dwight Morrow was struggling to get their offense going in the bad weather. Garcia would explode in the 2nd half with 2 more touchdowns runs of 2 yards and 57 yards respectively. Senior HB, Jin-Woo Kim would juke defenders for his first touchdown of the season from 12 yards out. The Cowboys were up 42-0 in the 3rd quarter, after a 27-yard rushing touchdown by Mongiello. The Pascack Hills defense again was fantastic. Sophomore LB, Jack Eichner and Junior DE, Adam Castrillon both had fumble recoveries on the defensive side. Castrillon also had 1.5 sacks and Senior DE, John Aquaviva had 2.5. The Cowboys would finish the game as winners, 42-6. Garcia finished with 18 carries for 148 yards and 3 scores. Mongiello had 20 carries for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns. Hills improves to 3-1, as Dwight Morrow falls to 1-3. The next game for the Cowboys is October 9th in Ridgefield Park.