Despite passing for a season high 235 yards the Goodland Cowboys could not pull out the win over Bridgeport, Nebraska falling in overtime 26-20.
Both teams came into the game with their best starts in some time. Goodland was looking to build off their win against 5A Liberal and get to 2-0 for the first time since 2013. While Bridgeport, who was 2-0 already for the first time since before 2004 was looking to stay unbeaten and continue their great beginning to 2020.
After the first quarter played to a 0-0 draw the points started flowing in the second quarter. Goodland struck first halfway thru the second quarter when quarterback Leyton Cure found Devontay Hardy for a 18 yard touchdown pass on a fourth down. It was the third time already this season that Cure found Hardy for a touchdown.
Bridgeport would answer right back marching ten plays and taking four minutes off the clock capping the drive with a Mason Nichols five yard touchdown making it 7-6 after the Bulldogs missed the extra point. Goodland would answer back with Mason Murray taking a 45 yard reception out of the backfield to the house but GHS would go for two instead of kicking an extra point and lead 13-6.
Despite being under two minutes to play and Bridgeport starting a drive at their own ten yard line, the Bulldogs would strike quick as quarterback Braeden Stull found Braxten Swires for a 70 yard score to make it 13-12 going into half after BHS had their extra point blocked by the Cowboys.
The third quarter saw Bridgeport take their first lead of the contest with 6:43 left in the period when Braeden Stull passed to Dillon Metz for a 26 yard score plus a two point conversion to make it 20-13. Due to Brideport’s methodical offense the Cowboys only got two possessions in the third and one of them ended in a fumble.
The Goodland defense found its footing in the fourth quarter getting two stops. The with 7 minutes left the Cowboy offense took five minutes off the clock and Cure found the end zone on a fourth and goal sneak to get the game within one. Kicker Aniol Majoral calmly kicked the game tying extra point thru the uprights to tie it at 20 and ultimately send the game into overtime.
In overtime, Bridgeport won the toss and went on defense. Then on the very first play the Cowboy offense fumbled the football during a quarterback, running back exchange giving the ball to the Bulldogs would would score on the very next play as Cole Faessler found the end zone from ten yards out making the final score 26-20.
Leyton Cure, who had a huge game on the ground in week one, struggled on the ground but led the Cowboys thru the air with a season high 235 yards passing to six different receivers. Jack Daise led the GHS wideouts with 65 yards receiving. Mason Murray led the Goodland rushing attack with 35 yards on four carries.
Bridgeport did what they have done all season long, run the ball. As a team they amassed 231 yards on the ground, 147 coming from Cole Faessler. But it was the Bulldogs passing attack that did damage. Braeden Stull threw for 138 yards on five completions and had two touchdowns.
Up next, the (1-1) Cowboys will host 1-1 Lakin this coming Friday. As for (3-0) Bridgeport they will host (3-0) Gibbon, Nebraska on Friday in a matchup of undefeated teams.
Goodland Head Coach Chase Topliff: