The Goodland Cowboys controlled the clock and ultimately the game on their way to 33-16 win over Russell on a cool Friday night at Cowboy Stadium.
On an odd night due to restrictions on fans due to COVID-19, GHS had one of their best rushing performances in years and really controlled the game from start to finish to get their first district win of the season and first since 2018.
Goodland controlled the game from the start turning their first two offensive possession into points with Leyton Cure touchdown runs to lead 13-0 at the end of the opening quarter. Then after punting on their third drive of the game Goodland once again put together a pair of quality drive. One ending in another Cure touchdown run and another in a Devontay Hardy 50-yard touchdown reception from Cure to make the game 27-8 going into halftime.
Russell’s lone score of the half came from a Jesse Whitmer 73-yard touchdown run with just over two minutes left before half.
The second half saw each team only get three possessions and each team finding the end-zone just once. Russell’s Whitmer ran in another score halfway thru the third quarter to cut the lead to 11. But, the Cowboys responded with another 14-play drive ending in Cure’s fourth rushing score of the night to make it 33-16.
Neither team would do much in the fourth quarter due to Goodland melting the clock and taking close to nine minutes off to ultimately seal the victory.
In his first game back in almost a month, senior quarterback Leyton Cure shined totaling 157 yards on 32 carries and four scores while also throwing for 159 yards and another touchdown. Pushing his season total to 10 rushing touchdowns and six passing.
The 416 total yards of offense was the most the Cowboys had gained all season and the 257 rushing yards were the most GHS had gained over the last two seasons. Goodland was amazing one 3rd down going 12 of 13 and also had 23 first downs. The 16 points allowed was the fewest by the Cowboy defense all year.
Jesse Whitmer proved to be the lone Bronco to really give the Cowboys any trouble gaining 151 total yards with 139 of it on the ground and two scores. As a whole Russell’s offense only muster 273 total yards with 230 coming on the ground.
With the win (3-3, 1-2) Goodland gets to three wins for the first time in the Chase Topliff era and the first time since 2016. The Cowboys are at Colby to wrap up the regular season next Friday. The loss for (0-7, 0-4) Russell was they 7th of the season and they remain winless and will host Smokey Valley next Friday.
Goodland Head Coach Chase Topliff: