GOODLAND, Kan — For the past five seasons the Colby Eagles had dominated the Colby / Goodland rivalry and Friday night was no different as the fifth-ranked Eagles dominated the Goodland Cowboys 56-7.
The game got off to a crazy start with both teams turning it over within the first three offensive snaps. Colby’s Ryan Meyers threw an interception on the second play of the game and on the following play Goodland Mason Hernandez fumbled the football giving it right back to the Eagles who scored on the very next play on a Calvin Stapp 27 yard touchdown run.
On the very next drive Goodland would answer with a touchdown of their own, set up by two big plays. First was Leyton Cure who return the kickoff to the Colby 35, then Cure found Sergio Lazo for a 35 yard gain to the one and then four plays later Cure found the end zone on a one yard touchdown run. It was his third rushing score of the year.
But from that 7:31 mark in the first quarter, on, Colby would prove why they are ranked inside the top five in 3A. The Eagles would score on their next five possessions, three scores coming from Stapp who found the end zone two more times on the ground from 23 & 20 yards out and then return a punt from 71 yards out to the end zone.
Jaren Rush & Hagan Booi would also find the end zone before the first half was over giving Colby a 42-7 lead at halftime.
The second half look much different as Colby found the end zone two more times thanks to a Booi 23 yard run & a Rush three yard score. While the Goodland offense continued to stall punting three times and turning it over twice on their five second half drives.
Goodland in the game drive-wise scored on just one of their 13 offensive possessions the other 12 possession resulted in either a punt (6), fumble (2) or interception (2).
With the score was 56-7 with just over five minutes to play the clock ran continuously due to the 45-point rule.
When the game was over Colby had assumed 348 total yards on offense, 289 yards on the ground and just 59 through the air. Hagan Booi and Calvin Stapp each ran for over 90 yards with Stapp scoring three rushing touchdown and Booi two. Jaren Rush scored twice as well on 11 carries for 33 yards.
Stapp added to his already amazing career numbers versus Goodland as he finished with over 450 total yards and 10 touchdowns in his career versus the Cowboys.
For the second straight game the Cowboys were held up 100 yards of total offense with 73 total. Leyton Cure threw for 55 yards and had two INT’s, 35 of those yards going to Sergio Lazo who led the game in receiving. Freshman Brysun Waters led the Goodland rushing attack with 30 yards, all coming late in the fourth quarter.
Colby has now won six in a row over Goodland by an average score of 54-16. Eagles now lead the series since 1950, 34-33. Eagles ended the 2019 regular season with a perfect 8-0 record, first time that has happened since 1984. They captured a distinct and GWAC title as well.
Colby (8-0, 5-0) will host Nickerson in the first round of the 3A playoffs next weekend at Dennen Field. Goodland (1-6, 0-5) will play at Kingman next Friday in their final game of 2019. That game is set to kickoff a bit early at 5 MT / 6 CT due to travel for GHS.
Goodland Coach Chase Topliff Postgame:
PHOTO CREDIT: Leon Volk