HOLCOMB, KS — Despite a solid second half effort the Goodland Football team dug themselves too deep of a first half hole and they fell in their season opener against Holcomb 48-6 on Friday night.
The Cowboys offense could not find any rhythm or get any push up front and would only muster 29 total yards in the first half. They started every drive inside their own 30 and only converted on two first downs in the opening half while the Longhorns started six of their seven first half drives inside the Goodland 40 yard line. Five of those drives resulting in touchdowns and a 35-0 lead before half.
Holcomb out-gained GHS in total yardage 200 to 29 in the first half and was plus three in the turnover margin.
Goodland coaches made some adjustments at halftime and the Cowboys came out and played a solid third quarter. Goodland put some bigger bodies on the defensive line and they won the line of scrimmage forcing Holcomb to go three and out on all three third quarter possessions.
The Goodland offense put together its two best drives of the night in the third, one seven play drive and another nine play drive that ended up in a Cowboy touchdown. Quarterback Leyton Cure found DJ Knox in the end zone for GHS’s only score of the night.
But Goodland’s second half momentum was cut off when Cure fumbled the football early in the fourth quarter trying to scramble out of the pocket and the Cowboys would not pick up another first down the rest of the game. In fact, GHS would only gain two more total yards the rest of the ball game.
Leyton Cure led the Cowboys offense with 116 yards passing and a touchdown. Blake Sanderson led the team in receptions with four but Henry Cole led GHS in receiving yards with 48. Goodland finished with -17 yards rushing due to multiple bad shotgun snaps. In the end Goodland had 97 total yards of offense.
Holcomb had an underwhelming offense night for their standards only racking up 276 total yards with 208 of it on the ground. Kolby Johnson led the Longhorns offense with 12 carries for 65 yards and two touchdowns.
Goodland (0-1) will host Ulysses (0-1) next Friday while the Longhorns (1-0) take on Scott City (1-0).
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