The Goessel High School Bluebirds stopped a three game losing streak on Friday with a 46-28 win at Burrton. Goessel jumped out ahead 20-0 at the end of the first quarter and scored another 20 points in the second period, leading at halftime 40-6.
Only Burrton would cross the goal line in the third quarter, giving the Bluebird fans hopes for their first win. Goessel’s defense allowed Burrton 19 first downs, but only two touchdowns in the fourth period.
“If Burrton would have scored one more time in the second half, it would have been a different game,” head coach Garrett Hiebert said. The Bluebirds came home with a 46-28 district victory.
Lucas Hiebert completed three passes, one with Zach Showalter for a 26-yard touchdown. Miguel Guerrero ran a kickoff for a touchdown and carried the ball for three more scores, picking up 212 yards rushing. Kellen Froese gained 36 yards on the ground and carried the ball for two conversions. Mark Schmidt returned a fumble 29 yards for a score and Trevor Beisel made it into the end zone from 12 yards out on a fumble recovery for the Bluebirds.
Defensively, Froese led the team with 15 tackles, followed by Brian Hiebert with 13, Showalter earned 11, and Schmidt, 10.
“Our defense was on the field for a lot of the game and we had a number of guys who did a good job of pursuing the ball and tackling,” coach Hiebert said.
Michael Rhodes punted three times for 82 yards. Goessel will be at home on Friday with Tescott in another eight-man Division II, District 2 matchup. The Bluebirds are 1-1 in district games and 1-3 overall.