Last-second score robs Cougars of win

Staff writer

After a weather-delayed 9:30 p.m. start Friday in a game at Bud Peterson Field, the Centre Cougars and Goessel Bluebirds were tied 12-12 as the second quarter wound down.

Goessel had possession, and with one second remaining, Josh Schmidt ran five yards to give the Bluebirds an 18-12 lead.

As the half ended, lightning and thunder broke out once again, and school officials called the game, resulting in a Centre loss.

Coach Matt Warta was upset that his team didn’t get to prove itself.

“My guys played hard,” he said. “We just made a couple of mistakes that cost us the game when it was canceled at halftime. We will come back stronger next week.”

Centre had two more first downs than Goessel, but the Bluebirds had more rushing and receiving yards.

Centre trailed 0-6 after one quarter, but freshman Jensen Riffel made a 5-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. Dylan Deines followed up with a 3-yard reception from Cole Methvin to give Centre a 12-6 lead.

Goessel scored again at 4:09 to tie the game until the last-second run that clinched a Bluebird victory.

Max Svoboda had 10 carries for 40 of Centre’s 104 rushing yards. Deines had 3 receptions for 36 yards. He led defensively, with 6 tackles.

The Cougars play Herington Friday on the road.

Last modified Sept. 15, 2016

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