A number of mistakes by St. John’s Military Academy football team Friday allowed Goessel High School to capture an early lead and end another game by way of the 45-point rule.
Goessel won their seventh game in a row, this time by a score of 48-0.
On their first play, St John’s Military fumbled the ball and Nathan Walker recovered for the Bluebirds.
Craig Banman carried the ball across the goal line for a three-yard touchdown.
Goessel’s defense forced St. John’s to punt on its next possession and the Bluebirds scored again on an Austin Unruh pass to Kendall Voth covering 19 yards.
Travis Fensky carried the ball for the extra points.
Another punt by the Muleskinners allowed the Bluebirds to take possession on the 11-yard line.
Again, Unruh found Voth in the end zone for an 11-yard score.
Banman kicked the extra point giving the Bluebirds a 21-0 lead only four minutes into the game.
Senior Nathan Walker stripped the ball from a St John’s runner just 40 seconds later, and Walker raced 11 yards into the end zone.
Banman kicked the extra point and the junior varsity players began to see some action.
Tyler Schmidt went 17 yards on a quarterback keeper to give the Bluebirds a 34-0 lead.
After the defense took over on downs, Braden Unruh followed blockers 10 yards for another Bluebird score.
Schmidt carried the ball across the goal line for the extra points and the first quarter ended with a 42-0 Bluebird lead.
With the junior varsity gaining valuable experience in front of the home crowd, Corey Buller took a pitch for a sweep around the right side and went down to the two-yard line for a big gain.
Schmidt was able to cross the goal line for his second touchdown of the night.
The game ended with a score of 48-0.
Goessel is now 7-0 overall and 4-0 in District 4.
Two more district games remain on the Bluebirds’ schedule with a home game Friday with Canton-Galva and an away game Oct 30., at Pretty Prairie.
“Next week is a big game for us,” GHS head coach Justin Coup said. “We have a good chance to go on in the playoffs if we can be 5-0 in the district after next week.
“Pretty Prairie also will be tough competition for us the following week.”