The Cowanesque Valley Indians came up just short in a defensive battle against the Montgomery Red Raiders this past Friday night Oct. 11 by a score of 16-6.

After having their offensive group start to come alive over the last few weeks, the Indians offense was plagued by a slew of turnovers and were unable to get the ball in the endzone consistently.

Despite struggling on offense, the Indians defense put on one of their better performances of the season. Owen Fitzwater continues to dominate from the second level for the Indians, and recorded 12 tackles with two of them being for loss.

Fitzwater has been a ball-hawk for the Indians defense all season long. He has accumulated 92 tackles already this season, with nine being for a loss. Fitzwater has been one of, if not the top performer at the linebacker position in all of the NTL. He averages just over 10 tackles a contest and is the first and last line of defense in a lot of situations Indians unit.

Offensively the Indians struggled, with two interceptions on the night from quarterack Seth Huyler who normally doesn’t throw too many bad balls.

They were unable to get things going in the passing or running game for most of the night.

Seth Huyler threw for 152 yards and also was able to rack up 73 more yards on the ground to lead his team in both categories.

Elliot Good came back down to earth after his last two explosive games, where he scored four total touchdowns and ran for 310 yards, but was still able to put in a strong performance with 55-yards on the ground.

Good has had a season of steady improvement, with his first few games struggling, only averaging 30 yards per game on the ground. He has been able to come alive the second half of the season with a staggering 103 yards per game rushing over the course of the Indians last five games. He also scored all four of his touchdowns during that stretch. Good has rushed for a total of 639 yards and the season so far.

Kole Hurler continued his strong season catching the football hauling in two passes for a total of 73 yards. Hurler is one of the top receivers in the NTL up to this point in the season with 42 catches, 571 yards and four touchdowns with one game remaining this season.

The Indians have already shown improvement this season, but will need to put it all together in their last game of the year if they want to send off their seniors with a win. The Indians currently sit at 2-7 with a matchup against the Otto-Eldred team on the road on Friday Oct. 25 for their final game of the season.

ndvidual Stats:

Passing: Seth Huyler 11-27 152 yards, 2 INT.

Rushing: Elliot Good 13-55; Seith Huyler 10-73; Cody Flemmings 4-19 1 TD.

Recieving: Owen Fitzwater 4-40; Kole Hurler 2-73; Tanyan Brown 2-28; Jacob Schmitt 1-4; Tucker St. Peter 1-6.