It seemed like a track meet Friday night, only there were 16 men on the field. Goessel scored on long passes and great runs, while St. John’s Military School of Salina found success sweeping around the ends.
Friday’s football game started with Neal Brubaker connecting on a 50-yard pass to Jake Smucker for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. Then St. John’s took the kickoff 70 yards for a score.
On Goessel’s next play from scrimmage, John Berkholz sprinted up the middle and scored on a 54-yard run; so with less than one minute played, the Bluebirds led, 16-8.
Brubaker connected with Nic Buller on a 32-yard pass for another Bluebird score. Alex Ross stopped the Muleskinners with a solid tackle and the Bluebirds took possession after fourth down. Berkholz took a pitch to the right side and zigzagged his way for a 56-yard score giving the Bluebirds a 32-8 lead. St. John’s would score on a 24-yard pass. The Bluebirds finished the first quarter with a 57-yard Brubaker pass to Trey Schmidt to take a 40-14 lead at the break.
Bluebird fans had visions of a 45-point win at halftime, but the St. John’s Muleskinners matched every Goessel score in the second period. The Bluebirds scored on a 54-yard sprint by Berkholz and on passes to Trey Schmidt and two to Berkholz. The new scoreboard recorded a halftime score of 70-42.
After a St. John’s touchdown to begin the third period, Goessel recovered a fumble on the 10-yard line. Berkholz found a hole created by linemen Joe Campbell, Tyler Schulz, and Alex Ross to go 69 yards for another score. Berkholz was not done sprinting as he scored two more times on runs of 59 and 50 yards, respectively.
In the fourth period, a new group of Goessel players entered the game and Trey Schmidt connected with Shane Goerzen for a 47-yard pass to give Goessel an amazing lead, 96-62. St. John’s scored one more time with 2 minutes, 16 seconds to play to make the final score 96-70.
Berkholz led the team with 381 yards rushing and 123 yards receiving. Brubaker passed for 276 yards with six touchdowns and one interception.
Scoring for the Bluebirds were Berkholz with 54 points; Smucker, Buller, and Trey Schmidt 12 points each; and Goerzen 6.
Goessel is now 2-5 for the season and will host Canton-Galva Friday in another district game.