Coming into Friday night the Goodland Cowboy football team believed they were ready to end a six year slide to their rivals from Colby. They had a great week of practice, were healthy and were confident. Then the game began.
Colby rushed for a season-high 505 yards and ran away with the victory 48-8 at Dennen Field.
Colby scored on all but two of their first six first half possessions. Three of the drives didn’t go any longer than three plays ending in touchdown runs of 53, 27 & 72 yards. Goodland’s offense on the other hand did nothing in the first half only getting four first downs and had all six of their drives end in either a punt, turnover on downs or an interception.
Trailing 27-0 at halftime the Cowboys hoped to just find something to build off of, but the the second half looked a lot like the first. After stalling out on their first drive of half number two, Colby would score on their final three possessions with three more rushing touchdowns, including another one of 72 yards from Ryan Meyers.
Goodland offense still could not get going in the second half have two drives end in interceptions and two others in punts. The Cowboys did finally find the end zone with less than a minute to play as Leyton Cure hit Manny Gonzalez on a skinny post from 38 yards out and with a two point conversion made the final 48-8.
Goodland’s defense had its worst performance of the year allowing a season-high in total yards (534), rushing yards (505) & points allowed (48). The Goodland offense wasn’t much better gaining a total of 182 yards while also having a season-high four turnovers.
Colby rumbled for 505 yards on the ground and senior’s Ryan Meyers & Hagan Booi had field days. Booi ran for 203 yards and four touchdowns while Meyers ran for 182 yards and three TD’s on just five carries.
Goodland’s Leyton Cure led the GHS offense with 54 rush yards to go with 126 passing yards & a touchdown, his seventh of the season. Freshman Manny Gonzalez had five catches for 67 yards and his first career varsity score.
(3-4) Goodland has now lost seven in a row to (6-2) Colby and will miss the playoffs for the seventh straight year as well. Cowboys were outscored in GWAC league play this season, 80-14 and fell to 1-15 against GWAC foes since 2017.
Next week Goodland will wrap up the 2020 season at home in the 5th place district “bowl game” against Chapman. Colby head into the postseason as the number three seed and will play at Marysville.
Goodland Head Coach Chase Topliff: