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updated: 9/14/2013 12:02 AM

Cowan sparkles as Fenton subdues Rich South

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By Joe Cosentino
Daily Herald Correspondent

Fenton took advantage of a short-handed and error-prone Rich South squad to prevail 33-6 on Friday in Bensenville.

Alex Cowan scored 3 touchdowns and gained 184 yards on 17 carries to lead the Bison.

"(Cowan) continues to run the ball very well," said Bison coach Mark Kos. "Three touchdowns today and 5 touchdowns last week, so that's 8 touchdowns in two games. Obviously, he'll be a marked man in defensive coordinators' gameplans. We'll have to continue to get better as an offensive line, continue to block for him, and continue to improve."

The Stars relied heavily on quarterback Darius Anthony. He was nearly the entire offense for the Stars, picking up 63 yards on 11 carries and completing 8 of 32 passes for 82 yards.

Rich South's leading rusher this season, sophomore Lamont Brooks Jr., broke a collarbone to end his season on the second play of last week's 28-12 loss to visiting Thornwood. Brooks had gained 120 yards on 10 carries in the Stars' 32-23 season-opening win at Morton.

"Lamont (Brooks Jr.) is a difference-maker," said Stars coach Dave Connell. "Combined with Darius Anthony, our offense is more dynamic."

With the Stars relying on Anthony, the Bison (2-1) dominated. In the second quarter, quarterback William Wassmann tossed a 16-yard pass to Zach Jakalski as Fenton took a 7-0 lead into the half.

"A credit goes to the defense," said Kos. "We had a game plan. We knew exactly what we had to take away from them. At the same time, our kids came out and executed which is what you want to see."

Cowan stepped in at quarterback to start the second half and threw a 10-yard pass to Cody Quarles. On the next play Cowan ran 34-yards for a touchdown to put the Bison ahead 13-0 with 6:43 left in the third quarter.

"Our kids came out focused from the moment we started our pre-game," said Kos. "Our goal each week is to get better and we have gotten better each week since Week 1. We are not satisfied. We want to continue to get better every opportunity we have."

Cowan added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter. A 18-yard run and, following an interception by Philip Espinoza deep in Stars territory, a 14-yard run to put the game out of reach.

"We have yet to put together a full four-quarters game," said Connell. "I don't think we played we played a good game at all. We are struggling with the discipline and if we don't get that, we're not going to get many wins this year."

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