It turned out to be the opposite story from a week ago, as the Goessel football team churned up 397 yards of total offense in their 54-6 victory at White City.
Goessel received the opening kick-off and less than a minute into the game, Neal Brubaker connected with Cameron Stultz for a 47-yard pass for the first score. Six minutes later, Brubaker found Weston Hiebert on the left sideline and Hiebert broke through tackles at the 5-yard line to make a scoring 44-yard pass play. Brubaker hit John Berkholz with a pass for the extra points and the Bluebirds were in command with a 14-0 lead.
Goessel’s defense held White City at bay. Cameron Stultz broke free for a 24-yard run and on the next possession, Stultz got through traffic at mid-field and then sprinted for a 54-yard score. The Bluebirds led at the end of the first quarter, 26-0.
Berkholz weaved his way through traffic for a 14-yard score and Trey Schmidt found Hiebert in the end zone for the extra points with 7:08 left in the half.
White City was able to get into the end zone for their only score with a pass play that went for 35 yards, but the Bluebird defense shut down the Huskie running game.
Berkholz and Braden Unruh followed blockers on some long gains in the third period and Berkholz had the honor of taking the ball across the goal line from two yards to give Goessel a 40-6 lead.
Austin Cooper came up with a quarterback sack to throw the Huskies for a loss. Berkholz knocked the ball free from a White City player deep in Huskie territory, Unruh knocked the ball into the end zone where a swarm of players tried to grab the ball. Hiebert came up with the fumble recovery for another Goessel touchdown with 1:30 left in the third quarter.
Tyler Schmidt connected with Hiebert for extra points and the Bluebirds went into the fourth quarter with a 48-6 lead.
The 45-point “mercy rule” came into play when Schmidt found open territory from the 14-yard line and muscled his way into the end zone for a 54-6 win.
Stultz ran for 101 yards and Berkholz accumulated 81 yards on the ground. Hiebert led the team in receiving with 71 yards. Brubaker threw for 109 yards and no interceptions.
Goessel’s defense held the Huskies to 31 yards rushing as Hiebert, Stultz, and Aaron Reimer led the team in tackles.
Goessel will travel to Fairfield Friday for the first district game.