• Goessel opened its 2017 season with a 68-20 loss at Wakefield. The home team outscored the Bluebirds 32-0 in the first quarter.
Following a competitive 22-20 second quarter, Wakefield scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter to end the game by rule.
Goessel touchdowns came on 47-yard run by Zach Zogelman, a 39-yard pass from Dylan Lindeman to Jordan Griffin, and a 4-yard pass from Lindeman to Griffin.
Wakefield finished with 382 yards total offense and Goessel 187.
The Bluebirds (0-1) will host Centre on Friday.
• Canton-Galva lost its opener at Solomon by a score of 66-34. The Eagles scored on an 11-yard run by Landon Everett, a 59-yard pass to Jonah Sargent from Everett, a 7-yard fun by Dylan Wood, a 36-yard pass from Everett to Wood, and 10-yard run by Wood.
The Eagles (0-1) will travel to Rural Vista (1-0) on Friday.
• Centre fell just short against Little River in a 50-42 shootout. The Cougars (0-1) will play at Goessel (0-1) Friday.
• Peabody-Burns absorbed a 40-26 loss at home against Rural Vista on Friday. The Warriors (0-1) will host Wakefield (1-0) on Friday.
• Goessel opened its season Aug. 29 in a non-league quad hosted by Haven. Results are as follows: Goessel defeated Ell-Saline 25-9, 25-9; Goessel defeated Haven 25-20, 25-16; Goessel defeated Herington 25-7, 25-16. Goessel took its 3-0 record to Peabody-Burns in a dual.
• Goessel girls placed first and the boys fourth Thursday in their 2017 debut at Pretty Prairie.
Earning medals for the girls were Elise Boden, who placed seventh among 22 runners with a time of 19 minutes, 38 seconds over the 4-kilometer course, and Julia Nightengale who placed eighth in 19:45.
Also competing were Porcelin Unruh (14th, 21:04), Maddy Meier (18th, 21:41, Edel Miller (19th, 22:51).
Dawson Duerksen led the varsity boys, finishing 20th among 38 runners in 16:22. He was followed by Jerah Schmidt (23rd, 16:40), Nate Impson (27th, 17:11), Brody Schroeder (31st in 17:39) and Zach Guerrero (34th in 17:53).
“The race distance was 4,000 meters, which is shorter than the standard 5,000 meters to help students acclimate to the heat and racing,” coach Brian Lightner, “I am extremely proud of how the entire team competed and supported one another throughout the afternoon.”
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