LIBERTY, OH- The comeback season for the Chaney Cowboys continues to pick up steam, picking up a win on the road against the Liberty Leopards.
Following their impressive performance last week against Beechwood, Coach Amill’s team didn’t let their performance get to their heads as they prepared to take on the Leopards, a team that many of the Chaney players are familiar with, being separated by less than seven miles.
The game started out slow for both offenses. Quarterback Delshawn Petrosky for the Cowboys struggled to find his mark, and opposing QB Jaime Melton could not find any running room. Late in the first, Chaney forced their first of three fumbles, giving them excellent field position. Petrosky would keep it himself on three straight runs to net the first points of the game, Chaney lead 6-0.
But it was in the second quarter where Petrosky began picking the Leopard defense apart. A couple of quick passes to his favorite target, Marquan Herron, as well as running back Darius Humbert’s physical running style, Chaney put back to back scoring drives together. The Cowboys would carry a 20-0 lead into the half.
In an unbelievable play, Petrosky managed to turn a botched snap from the center into a huge play, as he would recover, find Marquan Herron down the field, and hit him in stride for a 60-yard touchdown pass, his second passing touchdown and third overall. Petrosky would finish with 193 passing yards to go along with 69 rushing yards. Herron had 3 catches for 84 yards and the touchdown.
But it was the defense that truly shined. Led by Rashawn Perkins inside, the Cowboy defense shut down a potent running attack that had just rushed for 270 yards in the previous week to just 72 yards on 44 carries. The Leopards were 1-12 on third down with only 4 total first downs. An incredible performance from an emerging and stout defense.
Chaney is on the road again next week as they take on Maple Heights.
*Story contributed by YSN’s Nate Keiper