With their starting quarterback and team leader out the Goodland Cowboy football team could not keep pace with Scott City as the Beavers handed GHS their second loss of 2020, 32-6 on Friday night.
Coming into the game it was the first time since 2003 that Goodland had a better record at 2-1 than Scott City at 1-2.
Things looked pretty good early in the game for the Cowboys as they took their opening drive all the way down to the Scott City eight yard line thanks in part to Matt Nemechek’s 44-yard scramble. But the drive only went backwards from there and ended in an interception at the goal line.
The very next play Beaver running back Jace Thomas took the ball 97-yards to the house to get Scott the early lead 6-0.
The Cowboys showed a bit of life once again in their next drive when punter Mason Hernandez decided to run on a rugby style punt and pick 30 yards and a first down to extend the drive. But unfortunately that drive would end three plays later with a punt that was downed inside the 10 yard line.
Scott City preceded to march the ball 92-yards in 14 plays and cap it with a Sawyer Stevens touchdown run to give Scott City a 12-0 lead.
The Cowboy offense would only run three more plays in the first half but the Cowboy defense bowed up right before the half, thanks in part to a penalty to keep the Beavers out of the end zone again and keep the score a 12-0 going into half time.
The Cowboys would struggle to get any momentum going after halftime as GHS with out starting QB Leyton cure did not get a first down in their first five drives that ended in an interception, turnover on downs, punt, interception and another punt.
Meanwhile Scott City added to their lead with a Carson Faurot touchdown run in the third quarter and then touchdown runs from Sawyer Stevens & Jace Thomas in the fourth quarter.
Goodland would find the end zone late with just over four minutes left in the game as freshman QB Cole Linton hit Jack Daise in the end zone from 11-yards out to make it the final score of 32-6. it was the first points scored by Goodland against Scott City since 2015.
Goodland had its worst offensive performance of the season totaling just 152 yards with a season low 99 yards coming thru the air and just 53 on the ground. In his first start at quarterback Matt Nemechek led the Cowboys with 45 yards rushing but it was Cole Linton who led the team in passing, going 6 of 15 for 35 yards and a touchdown. The six points were the least amount scored by Goodland this season.
The Cowboy defense also had their toughest night of the season surrendering a season-high 379 total yards to the Beavers that included a season-high 327 rushing yards. The Beavers had three backs run for over 55 yards led by a career high 167 & two scores from Jace Thomas. SCHS quarterback Harrison King completed just one pass for 38 yards.
The loss for Goodland was just their second of the season but their 17th straight against the Beavers. It was the closest game between the two schools since 2017 when the Cowboys lost 28-0. The loss also dropped Goodland to 1-15 in district play & 1-14 against GWAC foes in the the Chase Topliff era.
The (2-2) Cowboys will return home next weekend to host (1-3) Smoky Valley as they continue district play. (2-2) Scott City will also continue district play on the road at (0-4) Russell.
Head Coach Chase Topliff Postgame Comments: