By Louie Vera
On the night of their homecoming celebration, the Porter Cowboys were blind-sided by a defensive raid from the Donna North Chiefs.
The Chiefs crashed the party from the opening snap, as DB Oscar Salas returned a 25-yard fumble to the house, and added two more defensive touchdowns to lasso the Cowboys 46-16 Thursday night at Sams Stadium.
“We had the right plays at the right time,” Salas said. “We were hustling on defense and made plays happen tonight. I was able to give us a lift and the offense and defense responded and we were able to get the win.”
Salas was Johnny-on-the-spot all night taking the first two Porter fumbles back for touchdowns then put the icing on the cake with a clutch 102 interception return for a touchdown as the Cowboys were looking to cut into deficit just before halftime.
“(Salas) was unbelievable,” Donna North Head Coach Matthew Rokovich said. “When he takes two to the house to start the game and the interception was huge. Defensively we didn’t play that great all night but when you get bonuses like that. It was a wonderful spark, there were a lot of hats around the ball you can make plays. We’re real proud of the defense and the offense, and as a team how we played tonight.”
That interception took away points off the board for Porter and gave Donna North a commanding 29-3 lead at halftime.
Despite the score, the Porter Cowboys moved the ball well against the Chiefs but their Achilles was the costly and untimely turnovers which North took advantage of.
Porter seemed poised for a run with its efficiency moving the ball on offense but a failed onside kick to open the second half resulted in another Donna North touchdown that put the game out of reach.
The Cowboys tacked on two late touchdowns on the legs of Ulises Guzman and Johnathan Gonzalez.
“My hats off to coach Tom Campos and his team they played very tough, moved the ball well and had great sportsmanship. It was a heck of a football game.”
Without the mishaps the game could’ve been completely different but Campos is not looking to the past and said there is tremendous upside to what the Cowboys our capable of.
“We saw a good glimpse of the future,” he said. “We are just going through some growing pains right now. 21 points off turnovers. We had over 500 yards of offense and held them under 300…but the turnovers kicked our butts.”