For the sixth consecutive year, the Colby Eagles got the better of their rivals 39 miles to the west.
Colby ran for 507 yards as a team on their way to a 48-8 win over the Goodland Cowboys in the 100th all-time meeting between the two schools. The Eagles are now just one win shy of tying their record long winning streak over the Cowboys, accomplished from 1949-55.
It was senior quarterback Ryan Myers and senior fullback Hagan Booi doing the bulk of the damage on the ground. The two each rushed for 183 yards, with Booi racking up that total on 24 carries and Myers needing just five carries to accumulate that yardage. Booi rushed for four touchdowns, bringing his total to a team-high 10, while Myers found the end zone three times.
Booi started the scoring just one minute into the contest, breaking free for a 53-yard touchdown run to give Colby an early 7-0 lead. Myers’ first TD was a 27-yard rush that made it 13 nothing just over three minutes later. Booi’s five-yard TD plunge with 44 seconds left in the opening quarter gave Colby a 21-0 lead after one.
In the second quarter, two plays after Carson Van Eaton picked off a Leyton Cure pass in the end zone, Myers broke free for a 72-yard touchdown run, the longest play from scrimmage for the Eagles this season, that made the score 27-0. Colby would take that advantage into the locker room.
Not content with his offensive success, Booi made a spectacular defensive play to tip a Cure pass to himself for an interception in Goodland territory in the third quarter. Four plays later Booi finished the short-field drive with his third touchdown, a three-yard run that made it 35-0. Van Eaton would pick off Cure for a second time on the ensuing Goodland drive, and Colby made it count thanks to another scoring run of 72 yards by Myers that made it 41-0 with 2:29 left in the third.
The Eagles would go on a 13-play, 70-yard, 7-minute and 58-second drive for their final score of the game, enacting the mercy clock with Booi’s 22-yard run with 5:31 to play. Goodland would avoid being shut out on the final offensive snap of the game when Cure hit Manny Gonzalez for a 38-yard touchdown.
Colby finishes their regular season with a 6-2 record, the fourth time in as many seasons under coach Rees McKinney that they’ve reached the six-win mark. They are the #3 seed out of 3A District 6 and will travel to Marysville for the first round of the 3A playoffs next Friday night.
Hear postgame comments from coach Rees McKinney:
And check out the game’s highlights: