Area contest preparing teams for upcoming district competition

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Goessel 44, Marais Des Cygnes Valley 16- The Bluebirds had little trouble on the way to a 28-point win at home on Friday.

After a scoreless first quarter, Goessel led 22-8 at halftime.

Adam Goering scored on a five-yard run and Justin Fensky scored from nine and 25 yards out during the quarter.

Goessel made it 30-8 in the third quarter when Goering scored again, this time on a 40-yard.

Early in the fourth quarter, Garrett Hiebert threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Jared Unrau to make the score 36-8.

After MDCV cut the lead to 36-16, Fensky got his third touchdown of the night, this time on a 12-yard run for the final margin.

Fensky carried the ball 24 times for 130 yards, Goering had four carries for 55 yards and Travis Buller eight rushes for 39 yards.

Hiebert completed seven of 12 passes for 89 yards, involving six receivers as the Bluebirds rolled up 348 yards of total offense.

On defense, Fensky had 13 stops, Unruh 12, Bubba Holder and Buller 11 each and Kurtis Duerksen 10, including six for losses. The visitors fumbled eight times, losing four.

With the victory, Goessel improved to 4-2 for the season. The Bluebirds will travel to Flint Hills on Friday.

Bern 28, Centre 22- The Cougars lost a close battle on Friday at home.

Centre trailed 14-0 at halftime but rallied to tie the game at 14-14 after three quarters.

Seth Jirak got the Cougars on the board with an 8-yard run, but the conversion attempt failed.

The defense stepped up later when Dustin Burnett picked off a Bern pass and returned it 47 yards with 40 seconds left in the third quarter.

Burnett added the 2-point conversion run to tie the contest.

After Bern regained its lead at 22-14 with 8:30 to play, Centre answered with a four-yard touchdown run by Lance Diepenbrock with 7:36 remaining. The Cougars tied the score as Burnett ran in for the 3-point conversion.

But Bern’s Jacob Edleman scored his third touchdown of the night, this time from 16 yards out with 5:30 to play, to give Bern a 28-22 lead it never relinquished.

Centre had 114 yards rushing on 30 carries; Jirak contributed 29 yards on eight carries. Burnett completed six of 18 passes for 79 yards.

“Our offense sputtered,” coach Bud Peterson said. “They had a great defense.”

Centre got a huge effort on defense from Tad Remy, who had six solo tackles and 15 assisted and tackles. Diepenbrock and Jirak each had 13 tackles.

“They had two tremendous backs,” Peterson said. “We took them to the point of breaking down, but it never did happen.”

With the loss, Centre fell to 3-3 with a long trip to Republic County this Friday night to battle Cuba-Hillcrest.

Canton-Galva 28, Hutch Trinity 7- Canton-Galva prevailed in a battle og unbeatens Friday.

The Eagles rolled up 382 yards on offense with 193 coming on the ground game and 189 through the air.

Seth Moddelmog opened the scoring for Canton-Galva with a two-yard burst to cap an 11-play, 80 yard drive and put the Eagles on top 7-0.

After Hutch Trinity scored to tie the game, Ted Regehr hooked up with Stephen Jowers from 35 yards out with six seconds left in the half to give the Eagles a 14-7 advantage at the break.

That’s the way the score remained until Aaron Crouse crossed the goal line from five yards out with 4:03 to play in the third quarter for a 21-7 Canton-Galva lead.

Moddelmog scored his second touchdown in the fourth quarter to account for the final margin.

Moddelmog picked up 138 yards on 23 carries while Regehr connected on 11 of 15 passes for 189 yards. His favorite target was Derek Bair with six catches for 133 yards.

With the victory, Canton-Galva is 4-0 in Heart of America action and 6-0 for the season with a Friday showdown at Moundridge set for 7 p.m.

Peabody-Burns 17, Sterling 10- With the victory, the Warriors improved to 4-2 for the season. No details of the game were provided.

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