GOODLAND, KS — It took 371 days but the Goodland football team earned its first win in over a year defeating Russell, 29-26 on Friday night.
Goodland had not won a game on the gridiron since October 6th of 2017 when they toppled Ulysses 42-6, but on a picture perfect fall night the Cowboys got the monkey off their back.
In a game that was back and forth with four lead changes Goodland was able to pull off the win by doing something they hadn’t been able to do all season; run the football.
Cowboys ran for a season high 137 yards, 110 of it in the 4th quarter when GHS needed to run out the clock.
Senior, Tayton Weeter ran for a career high 79 yards and two touchdowns to lead the way. Sophomore quarterback Leyton Cure also threw for 133 yards and two scores as well to maintain a good offensive balance.
Goodland defense also had a decent night. Even though they allowed 393 total yards and over 200 on the ground for the 7th straight game, they were able to get three takeaways.
It was the first win for second year head coach Chase Topliff in district play and just his third overall.
Goodland sits at 1-6 on the season, 1-3 in district play and will play at Colby next week. Russell, who is now 2-5 overall and 0-4 in district play, will play host to Beloit this coming Friday.
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