The Abilene Cowboys are learning that fact in 2012.
Now the Cowboys have gone from that NCKL winning streak to a 2-game NCKL losing streak. That losing streak reached two games Friday night as they lost on their home field 44-21 to the Concordia Panthers.
The Cowboys are now 0-4 on the season while Concordia improves to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the NCKL.
"We are starting over," Abilene coach Jeff Geist said of the loss and where his Cowboy team should go from here. "Monday our practice is totally different. The stretching routine and everything is out the window and we are coming in with new. We are going to start with a new attitude and go on a new adventure."
Where the Cowboys will ultimately go from here, is they are scheduled to play their third NCKL game of the season next Friday night at Wamego, which scored late points to defeat Abilene’s arch-rival Chapman Friday night.
The Panthers, who evened their seasonal and NCKL record with the victory, will be at Wamego next Friday night. Conrodia is now 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the NCKL.
"We feel fortunate enough to win the football game," Concordia coach Tim Lambert said of earning the 23-point win over Abilene. "I thought our kids played hard tonight and I’m proud of them."
Concordia actually started the winning track before the opening kick off took place. The Panthers won the opening coin toss and elected to defer, giving Abilen possession of the ball to begin the game.
The Cowboys put together a 12-play drive, which included one third-down and one fourth-down conversion, but facing a 4th-and-14 at Concordia’s 38-yard line the Cowboys elected to punt the ball to the Panthers.
The Cowboys pinned Concordia back at its own 9-yard line, but the Panthers responded with a 7-play drive to cover those 91 yards and scored their first touchdown via a 3-yard plunge by Nick Thomas with a 3:06 remaining in the opening quarter.
Thomas was Concordia’s main weapon during the drive as he carried the ball three times for 48 yards and two first touchdowns and the touchdown.
"I think our effort was really well and our offensive line went well and we didn’t turn the ball over," Lambert said.
Concordia, which went for the 2-point conversion following Thomas’ touchdown run but failed, also scored the next points of the game, this time converting a 10-play, 70-yard drive with an 8-yard pass from Drake Hake to Trevor Nordell. This time Nordell ran in the 2-point conversion, giving Concordia a 14-0 lead with 8:52 remaining before intermission.
"It comes down to discipline and we are not very disciplined," Geist said.
The Cowboys were able to find the end zone before intermission as quarterback Andy Wilson broke loose on a 36-yard scamper with 6:08 remaining before intermission, Keil Kelly tacked on the PAT for Abilene, making it a 14-7 contest.
But the Panthers answered right back as they put together a 12-play drive, which covered 70 yards and was capped by a 1-yard plunge by Thomas with 44 seconds remaining before intermission.
Concordia built up 231 yards of total offense in the first half and was led by Hake, who had 88 yards rushing on just 8 carries at intermission. Concordia limited Abilene to just 79 yards of total offense in the opening half.