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GOESSEL: Onside kicks help Bluebirds defeat Eagles

Staff writer

Goessel fans watched their Bluebirds defeat Canton-Galva, 58-32, in an eight-man district game.

The first possession resulted in several first downs before Neal Brubaker found Nic Buller on the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown pass. Brubaker found Buller in the back of the end zone for the extra points and Goessel led, 8-0.

An onside kick bounced off an Eagle player and Goessel recovered the ball, which set up a 30-yard pass from Brubaker to Jake Smucker to give the Bluebirds a 14-0 lead.

With two minutes left in the first quarter, Canton-Galva drove the ball down the field and scored on a 1-yard run by Devon Stos. Goessel led at the end of the first quarter, 14-6.

A Trey Schmidt punt was downed at the 1-yard line. Canton-Galva was able to advance the ball on several first downs but the Bluebird defense held. Brubaker followed his block of the offensive line of Tyler Shulz, Brian Hiebert, and Alex Ross for another 1-yard touchdown plunge. Goessel still led at the end of two quarters, 22-12.

To begin the second half, the Eagles scored on another 47-yard run by Vogts with Stos carrying the ball for the extra points and Canton-Galva was within two points.

John Berkholz found his wheels and took the ensuing kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown. Again, the Bluebirds were successful in recovering a short kick. A pass to Buller got the Bluebirds to the 7-yard line, where Berkholz found a seam and slipped in for another score and the PAT giving the Bluebirds a 36-20 margin.

The defensive line stopped the Eagles on fourth down. Brubaker passed to Berkholz in the right flat, but when he passed the line of scrimmage, he changed directions and went 36 yards for another score. Smucker caught a pass for the extra points.

Goessel’s defense held again and the Bluebirds took over after fourth down. Berkholz again crossed the goal line from two yards as the Bluebirds took a commanding lead at the end of the third quarter, 52-20.

The Eagles scored on a pass from Vogts to Taylor Myers, but the visitors’ defense could not bring Berkholz down as Goessel’s senior broke tackles on his way to a 39-yard touchdown.

Trey Schmidt intercepted a Canton-Galva pass, but the Bluebirds were not able to convert a fourth down and the Eagles scored one more time before the final buzzer, to make the final score 58-32.

The Bluebirds will travel to Peabody Thursday for their final game of the season against Peabody-Burns Warriors.

Last modified Oct. 28, 2010

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