Bombers unload on Bluebirds
The enthusiasm was short-lived Friday night after Goessel football player John Berkholz ran 43 yards, weaving through traffic, and putting the Bluebirds ahead, 8-0.
In the end, the Bombers would prove too much for the Bluebirds, defeating Goessel, 66-28.
Wakefield w ent 49 yards around the right side on their first play from scrimmage to tie the game at 8. The Bombers would score two more times in the first quarter, taking a 22-8 lead.
A 45-yard pass from Neal Brubaker to Berkholz resulted in the second score for the Bluebirds and a pass to Nic Buller converted the extra points. For the second time of the night, a Wakefield touchdown was called back because of penalty. Wakefield scored on a 36-yard pass play to widen their lead to 12 points.
After a Bomber punt pushed Goessel deep into their own territory, Trey Schmidt connected on a long punt for the Bluebirds and neither team would score the rest of the second quarter.
Wakefield’s quarterback, Cole McGee, chewed up big yards on carries on the ground. In less than a minute into the second half, he crossed the goal line again and the Bombers converted the extra point giving the visitors a 36-16 lead.
The Bluebirds were stopped on their next possession but Berkholz recovered a Bomber fumble on the Goessel 10-yard line. The Bluebird passing attack kicked into gear. Several long passes from Brubaker to Buller resulted in first downs and an 11-yard pass to Berkholz scored again for the Bluebirds.
A Brubaker to Buller pass, which went for 31 yards, answered another Wakefield score and Goessel trailed 44-28 at the end of three periods.
Goessel’s defensive line of Tyler Schulz, Jannik Glake, Alex Ross, and Drake Sterk began penetrating into the Bomber backfield, but the slippery runners were hard to tackle as they skirted to the sidelines.
Wakefield scored three more times in the fourth period to widen the final score to 66-28.
Brubaker threw for 197 yards with Berkholz gaining 90 and Buller 75 receiving. Wakefield amassed 453 yards on the ground.
Defensively, Berkholz ended with 17 tackles followed by nine tackles each for Jake Smucker, Trey Schmidt, and Alex Ross.
Goessel will be on the road Friday playing at Hope.