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Goessel opens with win over Centre

Sports writer

The 2008 Goessel High School football season began with a 50-0 victory Friday at Centre.

The Bluebirds never punted, and the offense rolled up 164 yards rushing and 56 yards passing.

Speedster Craig Banman scored on a 31-yard running play and kicked the extra point, giving the Bluebirds a 7-0 lead.

Later in the first period, Austin Unruh connected with Weston Hiebert for a 23-yard pass play that went for a score, leaving the Bluebirds with a 13-0 lead at the end of the quarter.

Travis Fensky notched his first touchdown of the season with a 16-yard run, and Unruh connected with Banman for the conversion.

Goessel increased its lead again when Weston Hiebert was able to block a Cougar punt and Johnathan Berkholz recovered the ball for a 13-yard score.

Unruh passed to Fensky for the conversion and the Bluebirds were up 29-0.

Unruh connected with Fensky again for a 16-yard touchdown and Fensky carried the ball for the conversion giving the Bluebirds a 36-0 lead.

Still in the second quarter, Banman broke loose for an 11-yard run and kicked the extra point, giving Goessel a 44-0 lead going into half-time.

Goessel’s Banman broke free to start the third quarter with his longest run of the night, sprinting 47 yards for a score.

The eight-man mercy rule came into play and the game was ended with Goessel winning 50-0.

“Defensively, we played very well,” GHS head coach Justin Coup said.

Cameron Stultz came away with an interception and three solo tackles.

Weston Hiebert blocked a punt and was credited with three solo tackles. Austin Unruh was 4-4 passing and recovered a Cougar fumble.

The Bluebirds racked up 164 rushing yards with Banman averaging 13.5 yards per carry, and Fensky 8.0.

The receiving squad gathered in four passes, with Hiebert catching a 23-yard pass for a score, Stultz catching two passes for 17 yards, and Fensky taking a 16-yard pass for a touchdown.

Goessel will be at home Friday against White City in a another non-district game.

Last modified Sept. 10, 2008

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