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Centre outlasts Goessel 30-28

Staff writer

For the first time this season, the Centre football team had a matchup with another 1A team, and the outcome was more favorable than the two previous contests against 2A schools. Centre defeated Goessel Friday at home, 30-28.

Both teams scored four touchdowns, but three successful conversion attempts by the Cougars compared with two by the Bluebirds made the difference.

Goessel had the momentum going into the second quarter. They led 8-0 when they scored early in the quarter for a 14-point lead.

Forty-five seconds later, Barrett Smith carried the ball into the end zone on a 7-yard run to put Centre on the board. Dakota Stimpson ran for the conversion.

A 70-yard kick return by Goessel put the Bluebirds up 22-8. However, the Cougars came roaring back to score the next 22 points and take a 30-22 lead. Stimpson scored two touchdowns on runs and Dylan Deines caught a 17-yard pass. Cole Methvin and Stimpson scored conversion points.

Goessel’s final touchdown came near the end of the third quarter, putting them within 2 points. The conversion attempt failed, keeping Centre in the lead.

A final drive by Goessel late in the fourth quarter could have given the Bluebirds the victory, but Stimpson intercepted a pass, and the score remained 30-28.

Centre outplayed Goessel on the ground and in the air, compiling 258 yards rushing and 48 yards passing. Goessel had 243 yards rushing and 17 yards passing.

Stimpson had 15 carries for 153 yards and 13 passes for 48 yards. Other rushers were Smith, with 14 carries for 86 yards, and Conner Montgomery, with five carries for 22 yards. Deines had four receptions for 54 yards.

Smith was the leading tackler, with four single tackles and 13 assists, including two tackles for a loss. Stimpson had six tackles and seven assists, and Methvin had five tackles and seven assists.

“I was very proud that we were able to fight back the way in which we did,” coach Tye Remy said. “I could see some worry in their eyes when we got down 14-0. After our first touchdown though, you could tell that we were in the game. I thought it showed quite a bit of character to be able to step up and answer back after we dug ourselves a hole.”

He was pleased the team had less turnovers than before but said there still were too many mistakes.

“We need to start limiting mistakes and see where the season goes from there,” he said.

Last modified Sept. 24, 2014

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