Cozad played host to Chadron on Friday night and played well for the hometown crowd.
The Haymakers began the game with the ball and scored on a 53 yard touchdown drive by Klint Gill. In the second quarter Chadron scored to tie the ball game up on a 44 yard touchdown pass from Coy Bila to Marcus Fernandez. Chadron scored again in the quarter, but Cozad fought back and scored before half on an 18 yard catch from Gill to Matt Menagh. The Haymakers also converted their extra point to lead 14-12 at half.
The second half was a back and forth battle between the teams, trading scores. Cozad though was able to get a big stop against Chadron, and score on the ensuing possession and that was the difference as Cozad won 38-26.
For Cozad, Klint Gill had 168 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns. For Chadron, Coy Bila had 310 yards passing and two touchdowns.
Chadron is now 0-2 and will next face Gothenburg, and Cozad is now 1-1 and will have a matchup against Adams Central.