GOODLAND, KS– The Goodland Cowboy football team kicked off their 2018 season with a 34-12 loss to GWAC foe, Holcomb. The Cowboys came into the game with multiple questions due to the graduation of a huge senior class. GHS had to replace 99% of it’s offensive production and 10 of their top 11 tacklers from a season ago.
The Cowboys were also breaking in a new look offense and defense. Offensively, Goodland switched from a spread attack to a more run-heavy flexbone offense which was only able to muster 58 yards on the ground but was able to find some success through air. Sophomore quarterback Leyton Cure, who made his first varsity start, went 6-11 for 135 yards and two touchdowns with not interceptions to lead the Cowboys O, that only had 193 total yards of offense. Senior wide receiver, Blake Sanderson led GHS in receiving with 95 yards with 83 of them coming on a long touchdown pass and fellow senior Tayton Weeter led the Goodland rushing attack with 30 yards on 7 carries.
The young Goodland defense struggled to keep the high powered Holcomb offense at bay allowing over 350 total yards, 270 of them coming on the ground. Senior QB, Peyton Ortner, who was also making his first varsity start, ran for 98 yards and a game high three touchdowns. Fellow senior Jayson Lambert also had a solid night running the pigskin for the horns amassing 94 yards and two scores. GHS did have two interceptions though, one from Sanderson the other from Weeter.
Holcomb improves to 1-0 on the season after topping Goodland for the 8th consecutive time and will take on Scott City next week. As for Goodland (0-1) they will head to Ulysses next Friday trying to snap a four game losing streak dating back to last year. The last victory for GHS came against Ulysses, 42-6. Ross Volkmer & Bill Biermann will have coverage from Ulysses starting at 5:30 MT on 102.5 KKCI-FM.
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