RUSSELL, Kan — Any momentum that the Goodland football team had gained over the previous two weeks was shattered Friday night as the Cowboys lost 25-0, in a weather shortened game, to the Russell Broncos who were previously winless on the season.
The same Goodland team that put up season highs in yards and points in their last contest against Concordia came out flat and never looked interested from the start as the Broncos ran all over GHS in the first half for 215 rushing yards and a 14-0 lead a the midway point.
Both scores coming off of long runs, one of 45 yards by Jesse Whitmer and the other by Rhett Pospichal from 30 yards out. And it would of been an even deeper halftime hole if it wasn’t for a missed 26 yard FG as time expired.
Thanks in part to Russell’s ground & pound, clock-chewing offense, Goodland had just four first half offensive possessions ending in either a turnover on downs or a punt and only gained a total 40 yards in the first half.
The second half looked like most of the first as Goodland continued to struggle moving the football. Two punts and a turnover on downs plus two interceptions thrown by Leyton Cure was all the GHS offense could muster.
Meanwhile Russell used short fields due to Goodland’s poor special teams to add to their lead, Pospichal found the end zone again in the 3rd quarter from 14 yards out and then on the following drive they added a 26 yards field goal.
Only five minutes later would the storm that had been baring down on game finally get close enough to call for a lightning delay which would last for 45 minutes before the game was called with 9:42 left.
Goodland’s offense that put up an amazing 541 total yards last week in a loss to Concordia wouldn’t even get to the century mark Friday amassing 72 total yards, none of which came on the ground. Sergio Lazo & Blake Sanderson provided the lone exciting plays of the night for GHS in 35 & 28 yards pass receptions.
Russell on the other hand put up 267 total yards, 265 on the ground. Coming into the contest the Broncos were only averaging 133 total yards with 100 coming thanks to the run. Rhett Pospichal ran for a game high 120 yards and two scores. Running mate, Jesse Whitmer had 83 yards rushing and score as well. Jacob Windholz had a solid night on the ground with 67 yards.
It was the first time in the meeting of the two teams that the Broncos got the win as Goodland had won all previous meetings to lead the overall series 7-0 including a 29-26 win last season, which was Goodland’s only win in 2018.
Goodland’s loss puts them at 1-6 overall and 0-4 in 3A district 8. The win gives Russell their first win of the season to get to 1-6 and 1-3 in 3A district 8. Cowboys host rival Colby who comes into next week game 7-0 after beating Scott City for the first time in 20 years in double overtime. Russell will head to Beloit.