Who had the best cel­e­bra­tion vs. ’Skins: Dak, Zeke or Amari?

Star-Telegram (Sunday) - - Sports - BY CLARENCE E. HILL JR. [email protected]­gram.com

The Dal­las Cow­boys had fun in the 31-23 vic­tory over the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins on Thanks­giv­ing Day.

And well they should. It was their third straight win and it put them in first place in the NFC East with a 6-5 record af­ter seem­ingly be­ing left for dead at 3-5 just a four weeks ago.

The Cow­boys played with en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm. But most im­por­tantly, they made plays, which al­lowed for them to score touch­downs and show cre­ativ­ity with their end zone cel­e­bra­tions from quar­ter­back Dak Prescott, run­ning back Ezekiel Elliott and re­ceiver Amari Cooper.

So who had the best one?

Prescott’s five-yard touch­down run in the fourth quar­ter that put the Cow­boys up 31-13 had the great­est de­gree of dif­fi­culty. He used a spin move to avoid a sack and then juked a de­fender be­fore div­ing into the end zone for the touch­down. He cov­ered 30 yards for the to­tal five-yard run.

And then he went to the back of the end zone where Elliott lifted him into the Sal­va­tion Army Red Ket­tle in what was an ode to Elliott’s ket­tle jump from 2016. Prescott was flagged for ex­ces­sive cel­e­bra­tion and the 15yard penalty led to a Red­skins touch­down on the en­su­ing drive.

“I didn’t have any plans to do that, and I guess Zeke did,” Prescott said. “He showed his strength. I was ac­tu­ally try­ing to not get in there but once he had me in the air I said I have to own it now and just jump in there be­fore I got hurt.”

Prescott will likely get a fine for $10,026 for jump­ing in the red ket­tle.

Owner Jerry Jones said he would pay the fine if he could while lament­ing the $2 mil­lion in fines he has given the league in the last year for bat­tling the com­mis­sioner de­fend­ing Elliott from a sixgame sus­pen­sion.

“Yes I am and any fine com­ing I’ll gladly add on to my credit,” Jones said. “You know they’ve knocked the fire out of my butt al­ready this year with these fines. I’m about to run short.”

Jones said the pos­i­tive pub­lic­ity for the Sal­va­tion Army is worth the fine and the trou­ble, proven by the spike in do­na­tions when Elliott jumped in the Ket­tle as a rookie.

“It may be one of the big­gest mo­ments we’ve had in our as­so­ci­a­tion with the Sal­va­tion Army when Zeke jumped in,” Jones said. “This is good stuff out there tonight. I love it and the at­ten­tion go­ing to help and mak­ing aware, that’s the pur­pose of this as­so­ci­a­tion, just

create ad­di­tional aware­ness for that great or­ga­ni­za­tion and they ap­pre­ci­ate it so much. There is three mil­lion volunteers out here that are in­volved in these Red Ket­tles on Christ­mas Day and ev­ery one of them you’re giv­ing them a thank you.”

Elliott do­nated some money on his own fol­low­ing a 16-yard run on the open­ing drive of the game. Us­ing the help of a Cow­boys pho­tog­ra­pher, who handed him a $20 bill and a $1 bill, Elliott dropped $21 in the Red Ket­tle to match his uni­form num­ber.

The most cre­ative cel­e­bra­tion may have come from Cooper af­ter his 40-yard touch­down re­cep­tion from Prescott in the third-quar­ter to break the game open.

Cooper ran to the mid­dle of the end zone and di­rected his team­mates to gather around a makeshift free throw line and he took a foul shot to­wards the goal post while mim­ick­ing the shoot­ing form of Philadel­phia 76ers strug­gling guard Markelle Fultz.

Fultz, who has strug­gled with his shot and con­fi­dent, was a good sport about it. He re­sponded on snapchat with, “good shot boy.”

Cooper was just happy he made the shot and his un­sus­pect­ing team­mates played along.

“I just thought it would be a cool thing to do,” Cooper said.” I don’t re­ally watch the NBA like that un­til playoff time, but I seen a cou­ple of high­lights of him do­ing it.

“I did (make it). I made sure that I shot the ball far enough to make the free throw,” Cooper said.

“No they didn’t (know)”, Cooper said of his team­mates. “I was kind of skep­ti­cal about that be­cause I didn’t know if they would know what I wanted them to do. But they’re smart guys, so they fig­ured it out.”

RON JENK­INS AP

Dal­las Cow­boys quar­ter­back Dak Prescott (4) cel­e­brates af­ter be­ing lifted into a Sal­va­tion Army ket­tle by run­ning back Ezekiel Elliott (21) af­ter scor­ing a touch­down against the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins on Thanks­giv­ing Day.

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