Two of the first four games of the season for the Goessel football team have been against teams that made it into the state playoffs last year. The Bluebirds hope they are done with the toughest part of their schedule as they continue to compete in district games. Central Plains, a consolidated school of Quivira Heights and Claflin, was Goessel’s opponent Friday.
The Bluebirds tried, but could only watch as Central Plains racked up 48 points in the first quarter. The Bluebird offense sputtered, but quarterback Trey Schmidt connected with five receivers during the game for a total of 110 yards passing. Nic Buller caught five passes for 79 yards and one touchdown, Drake Sterk received two passes for 16 yards, Zach Showalter gained 14 yards receiving, and Mark Schmidt caught one pass. The Bluebird running game only accumulated three positive yards against a quality defense.
Defensively, Schmidt was credited with five tackles, and Showalter, Sterk, Buller and Joe Campbell recorded two tackles. Three Bluebirds recovered fumbles as Schmidt, Peter Voth and Campbell came up with loose balls.
The game ended after two quarters with the final score, 56-6. The Bluebirds begin the season 0-4 overall and 0-2 in district play. Goessel will be at home against Solomon (1-3) on Friday.