Davon Wells fired two touchdown passes and Ja’Randy Swint rushed for 143 yards as the Osceola Kowboys opened the 2019 season with a convincing 45-0 road win over the Harmony Longhorns.
“I thought our kids played a solid game tonight,” Osceola Head Coach Doug Nichols said. “We came into the game with three starting offensive linemen, both fullbacks, a defensive end and two starters at defensive back out with injuries. Given that, our kids responded well and played as a unit.”
Heading into the game, Harmony Head Coach Don Simon said he wanted his team to take control the clock and limit Osceola’s offensive opportunities.
They followed that game plan to a “T” on their opening possession, holding the ball almost five minutes and driving the ball length of the field. But on a second and goal from the eight, Osceola DB Daniel Cooper thwarted the drive by intercepting Keaghan Black in the end zone.
Osceola quickly converted the turnover to points as Dewayne McGee ripped off a 36-yard run on the Kowboys first play from scrimmage and Wells hit Kevin Sanchez on a 40-yard touchdown pass off play action to make it 7-0.
It would remain a one score game until the 1:35 mark of the second quarter when Wells directed a quick strike, 3-play, 80-yard drive with a 60-yard scoring strike to McGee that made it 14-0 at the half.
The Kowboys would dominate Harmony in the second half.
McGee’s 4-yard touchdown run capped an 11-play, 75-yard drive where Osceola had to overcome three penalties, including a personal foul that wiped out a 44-yard touchdown run by McGee.
With Osceola in firm control of the game, Blake Birchler replaced Wells at quarterback and promptly found McGee on a 76-yard touchdown pass to up the lead to 28-0.
While his offense was rolling, Nichols saw his defense step it up in the second half.
KK Walters returned back-to-back interceptions for touchdowns and the Kowboys limited Harmony to just 19 second half yards on seven possessions. The Kowboys defense also recorded four sacks to go with their three interceptions.