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Cowboys lasso overtime win over Klahowya
For the second straight week, the Klahowya Secondary School football team's second half was - in the words of coach Brad Hamblet - not so good.Sort of like the Eagles' postseason hopes.The Eagles let a 26-13 lead slip away in the fourth quarter and let Chimacum steal away with a 32-26 overtime win Friday at Port Townsend, leaving Klahowya with an 0-2 Nisqually League record.The Eagles opened the previous week with a 44-24 loss to Foster which also was of the come-from-ahead variety.The late-game problems are one of the foibles of youth, Hamblet said.The mental aspect is a big part of it, he said. We've been trying to establish some leadership to step up, but it's hard when so much of your team is juniors and sophomores.The Eagles now find themselves at risk of doubling their displeasure. Back-to-back tough games (on the road Friday at perennial state Class 2A power Orting, then home Sept. 28 against rival Port Townsend) leave Klahowya facing a possible 0-4 record if it can't get its collective feet back under it.Our goal is to play tough the next two weekends, get out of it without any major injuries, and see what happens, Hamblet said. Orting's tough and big, and Port Townsend loves to hit.It took a 7-2 record for the Eagles to get a piece of a Nisqually League playoff spot last year. Given their fruitless first two weeks and the tough sledding ahead, they have to be officially labeled as postseason longshots.Against the Cowboys, Klahowya recovered from an early 6-0 deficit to score three second-quarter touchdowns. After Rory Lee's 65-yard return of a recovered fumble, they clutched a 13-point lead going into the final 12 minutes.We pretty much dominated the first half, statistically, Hamblet said, but in the second half we shut down again. We had something like 200 yards of offense in the first half, 60 in the second.We just haven't fired on all cylinders in the second half yet, he said.Jesse Minish ran for his second and third touchdowns of the game to pull the Cowboys into a 26-all tie with about two minutes left in regulation. Indeed, the late surge would've won the game outright for Chimicum had it not been for a blown conversion.Klahowya's defense held in its opening series, but the offense fumbled back to the Cowboys, who converted when Marcus Moug ran in from 12 yards. With one chance to equalize, the Eagles fumbled again.The fumbles in the overtime hurt us big-time, Hamblet said. The second half became a field position game. We were never able to punch it out of our end, and they were able to tie it up.