Clad in new uniforms and led by new head coach Anthony McClain, the new-look Southwood Cowboys beat the Many Tigers 30-21 Friday night at Lee Hedges Stadium.
Many controlled much of the action but Southwood capitalized on Tigers mistakes and had scoring plays of 35, 26, 91 and 87 yards.
On the first play of the game, Cowboys quarterback Chris Black took a keeper 35 yards to get the Cowboys on the board.
“That was a nice opening for us on offense,” said McClain. “I think that helped emotionally to keep up through the football game”
Said Black: “It was wide open, had to get it. I saw it. My tackle blocked down and I ran through it.”
Many led only once — 8-6 in the first quarter after a safety and a touchdown — but controlled the pace and play throughout most of the night, but the Tigers committed 15 penalties totaling 133 yards. They also turned the ball over three times with their final fumble came with 5:40 left in the fourth quarter.
Tigers quarterback Xavier Dias rolled left deep in Southwood territory when he coughed up the ball. Black picked up the loose ball and ran 87 yards the other way untouched for the decisive score.
“We shot ourselves in the foot with penalties all night,” Many coach Jess Curtis said. “We had a good beat on what they were doing. We knew they were athletic. If we didn’t play our scheme, they would hurt us.”
Southwood starts its season 1-0 after its game last week was cancelled due to Hurricane Issac. This win matches the Cowboys win total from the past two seasons combined. It marked a nice beginning to McClain’s career as the leader of the Cowboys
“I think we had to fight them all the way to the end, which we did,” he said “We stayed in there. But I think you’re going to have to learn to win a little bit and I think that’s what we did tonight.”
Southwood travels to North DeSoto next Friday to face the Griffins, while Many (1-1) returns to Shreveport next week to face Loyola.