Bluebirds beat Cougars in shortened game

Staff writer

Goessel football picked up its second win of the season with a weather-shortened victory at Centre on Friday.

The game was delayed two hours because of lightning, and ended with a bolt of lightning as players were ready to begin the second half, well after 10:30 pm.

The Bluebirds took the opening kickoff downfield and senior Miguel Guerrero took the ball to the Centre 2-yard line on two carries. Josh Schmidt zigged into the endzone on third down and the Bluebirds led 6-0. Both defenses held their opponents scoreless the rest of the quarter.

Centre tied the game, then scored again to take a 12-16 lead.

Back on offense, the Bluebirds’ Schmidt again eluded defenders and ran 60 yards to the Cougar 3. Guerrero followed the blocking of Kenny Hammond, Nathaniel Schmucker and Jordan Griffin for a 2-yard touchdown run with 4:09 remaining in the quarter.

Goessel’s defense held firm with a sensational quarterback sack by Hammond.

With less than a minute on the clock, a Schmidt-to-Griffin pass into the wind netted 40 yards, and the Bluebirds were inside the 10-yard line with three timeouts and 40 seconds on the clock.

Going nowhere on the first three downs, the Bluebirds called Schmidt, who faked a handoff and scampered 4 yards into the end zone with 1 second left on the clock.

Goessel’s short kickoff was covered by Centre with no time remaining on the clock.

Kenny Hammond led the defense with 7.5 tackles, one quarterback sack, and one tackle for loss. Goessel rolled up 198 yards on offense in the shortened game.

The Bluebirds are 2-0 for the season with their next game at home against Solomon.

Last modified Sept. 15, 2016