Cowboy football season ends with 42-8 loss to Limon Badgers

MHS sophomore quarterback Ryan Phelan (10) helped lead the Meeker Cowboys football team to the 1A state quarterfinals this year, where they lost to the No. 1 ranked, undefeated Limon Badgers for the second time this season. The seniors on the team have played in the post-season every year of their high school careers. COURTESY PHOTO

MEEKER | The 2018 Cowboy football season didn’t end quite like head coach Shane Phelan wanted, with a 42-8 loss, at the hands of the Limon Badgers.
“In perspective there are lots of positives that took place,” he said. “We didn’t play as well as I would have liked, unable to execute in some key spots,” said Phelan. The Cowboys had less than 100 total yards in the first half of play, and by the end of the game they had a combined 357 through the air and on the ground.
In the last two years this the the third matchup of the Cowboys and the Badgers, the most recent being game three of the 2018 regular season. In that match-up the Cowboys had a total of 476 yards but still suffered a loss at the hands of the Badgers.
“We are happy to get into the playoffs and happy to play at home before traveling to Limon,” Phelan said. For the seniors on the team this was their last game in their high school careers, of which each season has taken them into post-season play.
“Every season is an opportunity for growth,” commented Phelan, “I am grateful to the seniors for the last four years and for being leaders on and off the field.”
There were 46 boys on the team this year, and they all traveled to the playoffs and continued practicing. “I couldn’t be prouder of the young men in Meeker,” said Phelan.

By TIFFANY JEHOREK | Special to the Herald Times