GOODLAND, Kan — Despite scoring the most points and piling up the most yards they had all season, the Goodland Cowboy football team could not pull out a win against the Concordia Panthers Friday night at Cowboy Stadium losing 42-34.
A majority of the action was in the first half as Concordia scored on four of their first nine drives compiling 325 yards. While GHS, after struggling in the first quarter, exploded scoring touchdowns on four of their five second quarter drives, passing for 336 yards.
The second half, for the most part, was dominated by the Panthers physical running game. Concordia held on to the ball, melted the clock and kept the ball out of the Goodland offense’s hands, getting two touchdowns in the process. While the Cowboys would not score the rest of the game after putting up a season high 34 points in the first half.
The Cowboys offense exploded for a season-high 478 total yards with 439 yards through the air. Junior quarterback Leyton Cure led the offensive charge despite playing hurt. He had a career night totaling 481 total yards with five passing touchdowns going to four different wide receivers. Three Goodland receivers had career nights as well in Blake Sanderson, Sergio Lazo & D.J. Knox.
As good as the Goodland offense was, the defense continued to struggle due to lack of size up front allowing Concordia to rack up 426 yards on the ground and 504 total yards on the night. The Panthers had three backs go over 100-plus yards on the ground. QB Wyatt Trost had 100 yards rushing and two scores. Hunter Schroeder had 185 yards and a touchdown and Keyan Miller ran for 141 yards and score as well.
The loss dropped Goodland to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in district play. While Concordia improved to 3-3 overall & 2-1 in the district. Concordia now leads the all-time series 8-4. Goodland will play at Russell next Friday while Concordia will host Beloit.