Goessel football holds on for district victory

Contributing writer

It was alternating scoring for each team on Friday night as Goessel won by two points for its second win of the season against Tescott.

Near the middle of the first quarter, Kellen Froese was able to get into the Tescott backfield and tackle the ball carrier for a safety, resulting in two points for the Bluebirds. Goessel would take the ball across the goal line early in the second period with quarterback Chase Flaming going five yards to take a 10 — 0 lead. Neither team would score again before halftime.

The Trojans took a while but finally put points on the board in the second half with a 48-yard run, and the Bluebirds answered with one minute to play in the third period to regain the 10-point lead on a Froese three-yard plunge. However, the ensuing kickoff was returned for 75 yards and the Trojans trailed 18-16 at the end of the third period.

The Bluebirds took four minutes off the clock with a scoring drive resulting in Froese crossing the goal line from four yards out. Tescott wasted no time by scoring on a 53-yard run and Goessel again held a slim 26-24 lead.

The Bluebirds were successful running the ball behind their offensive line and ate up four more minutes, scoring again with Froese going two yards with 3:14 remaining in the game, leading 34-24. Goessel’s defense prevented a quick strike from the Trojans, but with 1:08 remaining in the game, Tescott managed a touchdown getting as close as 34-32.

When Tescott used its last time-out, the Bluebirds were able to manage the clock in the last minute of the game and secured the win.

Goessel had a lopsided advantage 35-13 in time of possession and in first downs, 18-8. The Bluebirds accumulated 338 yards on the ground with Froese gaining 138 yards and Miguel Guerrero 122 yards. Tackles were evenly distributed with Froese getting 5.5 tackles, Zach Showalter 5.0, Trevor Beisel and Gerrero each with 4 stops. Goessel will have a non-district game at Norwich on Friday. The Bluebirds are now 2-3 overall and 2-1 in district play with three more district games remaining.

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