Behind a balanced offensive attack a late fourth quarter drive the Goodland Cowboy football team came from behind to take down the Lakin Broncs 23-17 Friday night at Cowboy Stadium.
After a very fast first half that took less than an hour to play the teams were deadlocked at eight a piece. Goodland scored on its first offensive drive of the game after forcing a Lakin three-and-out on the opening possession. Quarterback Leyton Cure found the end zone on a QB sneak capping a 12 play drive that took over seven minutes off the clock.
Lakin responded quickly highlighted by a Hunter Davis 64-yard run on a reverse which would set up a Servando Gonzalez one yard run to tie the game at eight after a two-point conversion.
Despite both teams putting together solid drives the rest of the half neither team would score until Lakin found the end zone late in the third quarter with another Gonzalez TD run this time from two yards out to make it 14-8.
After going three-and-out the following possession Goodland’s defense would get a stop and get the ball into their offensives hands where they were able to take the lead back on a Mason Hernandez 31-yard touchdown reception on a pass from Cure making it 15-14 early in the fourth quarter. It was the sophomore Hernandez’s first touchdown as a Cowboy varsity player.
Lakin would once again respond with a very long, time eating drive going 57 yards on 14 plays and taking close to eight minutes off the clock. But the Goodland defense with a little help from their loud student section held the Broncs out of the end zone from 5 yards out and force a Omar Gonzalez 21-yard field goal which gave Lakin the lead 17-15 with just under three minutes to play.
The next possession for the Cowboys saw the senior Cure lead the team down the field thanks to a 35-yard pass to Jack Daise and an 18-yard QB run to set up a five yard Cure touchdown run followed by a two point conversion to give Goodland the lead 23-17.
Lakin would get one more chance to try and win it but their drive stalled out on a fourth down pass that would deflected away by Leyton Cure sealing the win for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys offense totaled 288 yards on the night with a balanced attack lead by Cure who compiled 202 total yards. 63 on the ground and two scores—bringing his season total up to six—and 138 thru the air on 7-11 passing with a TD, his 5th of the season. Mason Murray also had a solid night on the ground with a season-high 61 yards on 12 carries. Cure threw to three different receivers led by Jack Daise who had three cates for 70 yards but it was Mason Hernandez with the long score of the night.
Lakin’s option offense certainly gave the GHS defense all they wanted powering for 239 yards—a season-high allowed by Goodland— and two scores, both from QB Servando Gonzalez. Both Allen Martinez and Hunter Davies each went over 85 yards rushing on the night. The Broncs passing attack once against struggling as Gonzalez went just 4 of 14 for just 30 yards. Conner Hudson caught three of the four passes for 18 yards to be Lakin’s top wideout.
The win improved Goodland to 4-0 all-time against the Broncs and now with a 2-1 record Goodland has a winning record three weeks into the season for the first time since 2013. The Cowboys will be on the road for the first time this season when then face the Beavers of Scott City who enter into the week four matchup at 1-2, to open district play.
Lakin, with the loss, drops to 1-2 on the young season and will return home to host 1-2 Ellis next week to also begin districts.
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