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Goessel falls to Peabody-Burns on final play

Staff writer

Goessel had a two touchdown lead twice in Friday’s season-opening game, only to be tied in the fourth quarter.

The Peabody-Burns Warriors were able to run for five yards on the last play of regulation to take the win 42-36.

The Bluebirds kept the Warriors out of the end zone for nearly the entire first half. Miguel Guerrero ran in the first score of the season from 29 yards and also carried in the two-point conversion with four minutes to play in the first quarter. Goessel led 8-0.

It was Guerrero again from five yards with seven minutes left in the second quarter to give the Bluebirds a 14-0 lead. Goessel’s defense continued to corral Peabody runners for most of two quarters. But with eight seconds to play in the second period, Clayton Philpott sprinted 57 yards for the only Warriors score in the first half, leaving the Bluebirds ahead at the break 14-8.

Early in the third quarter, Guerrero got loose again and scored from 14 yards. Josh Schmidt was able to carry in the two-point conversion, boosting Goessel’s lead to 22-8. Two scores from Philpott in the third quarter tied the game 22-22.

It did not take long for Guerrero to go 60 yards for another Bluebirds score to pull ahead by six. Nearing the end of the third period, quarterback Josh Schmidt scampered 64 yards with Trevor Beisel taking in the conversion attempt for another 14-point lead, 36-22.

The fourth quarter belonged to Peabody-Burns as it tried to come from behind. Philpott scored from 14 yards and 4 yards. The Bluebirds defense held on the extra point to keep the game tied 36-36 with six minutes left in the game.

The Bluebirds were unable to drive into the end zone and had to punt with 3:40 to play in the game. When the Warriors got the ball, they advanced to the 5-yard line with only seconds remaining on the clock. It was Philpott who carried in from five yards for his sixth touchdown of the game, and the final score with no time left on the clock.

Peabody-Burns took its first lead of the game at the buzzer, winning 42-36.

Defensively, the Bluebirds were led by Matt Regier with 9 solo tackles. Guerrero was credited with 6 tackles, Luke Unruh 5, and Kenny Hammond 4.

Guerrero rushed for 149 yards and four touchdowns, Schmidt ran for 136 yards and threw for 70 yards. Trevor Beisel also carried for 75 yards.

Goessel will be at Hope on Friday

Last modified Sept. 9, 2015

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