Goessel gets big win over Peabody-Burns

Goessel’s Jacob Hagewood rushes for a 37-yard touchdown to give the Bluebirds an early, 8-0 lead over Peabody-Burns.Janae Rempel/Free Press
Goessel’s Jacob Hagewood rushes for a 37-yard touchdown to give the Bluebirds an early, 8-0 lead over Peabody-Burns.Janae Rempel/Free Press
Big plays contributed to a 56-8 victory for the Goessel football team over Peabody-Burns Friday.

The Bluebirds rolled up 463 yards of offense, fueled by quarterback Dylan Lindeman, who completed 10 of 12 pass attempts for 279 yards and three touchdowns.

Two Bluebird receivers surpassed the century mark, with Luke Wiens hauling in three receptions for 136 yards and one touchdown, and Jacob Hagewood recording three catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns.

“We’ve been talking a lot lately about controlling what we can control,” Goessel coach Garrett Hiebert said. “That was probably our biggest focus this week—to just do the things that we know we can do and let everything else take care of itself. I think what I was most proud of tonight was our ability to be flexible and adjust and be unselfish.”

Hagewood scored Goessel’s first three touchdowns—on the first play from scrimmage each time. Hagewood put the Bluebirds on the board with a 37-yard touchdown run with 11:21 left in the opening quarter. Luke Wiens’ two-point conversion run gave Goessel an early, 8-0, lead.

Less than 3 minutes later, Hagewood hauled in a 51-yard touchdown pass from Lindeman for a 14-0 score, which held through the end of the first quarter.

Lindeman connected with Hagewood a second time for a 59-yard touchdown pass with 8:05 left in the half. Jake Wiens’ two-point conversion run brought the score to 22-0.

After a potential touchdown pass by Peabody-Burns fell incomplete in the end zone, Goessel added to its advantage with a 62-yard touchdown strike from Lindeman to Luke Wiens with 32 seconds left in the half, bringing the score at intermission to 28-0.

Peabody-Burns quarterback Jack Parks left the game during the third quarter with an apparent injury, and Rocco Weerts stepped in, having experience at quarterback last season, according to Warrior coach Kody Tegtmeier.

The Bluebirds scored again late in the third quarter. Lindeman completed a 56-yard pass to Luke Wiens to set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Kale Funk as time expired. Jake Wiens’ two-point conversion reception made it 36-0 at the end of the third quarter.

Jake Wiens crossed the goal line on a 7-yard touchdown run with 10:21 to play for a 42-0 Goessel advantage.

Peabody-Burns’ Thomas Page returned the ensuing kickoff to the Goessel 8-yard line, and Weerts put the Warriors on the board with a 3-yard touchdown run. Weerts’ two-point conversion run made it 42-8 with 9:16 to play.

Goessel scored twice after that, first on a 9-yard touchdown run by Hagewood at the 6:50 mark, and a game-sealing 41-yard run by Manuel Limon on the first play from scrimmage that brought it to the final, 56-8 margin with 4:51 left in the fourth quarter.

In addition to Goessel’s 279 passing yards, the Bluebirds rushed for 184 yards, led by Limon with one carry for 41 yards and one touchdown.

Luke Wiens led the defense with six solo tackles.

Peabody-Burns, meanwhile, recorded 117 yards of offense, including 104 rushing yards, led by Danny Hamman with 15 carries for 47 yards.

Through the air, Weerts was 2-for-5 for 13 yards. Jake Partridge hauled in one 7-yard reception.

Noal Reynolds led the defense with five solo tackles.

“Goessel made it very tough for us all night long,” Tegtmeier said. “Their defense was aggressive, flying around making plays all night.We are a team that needs to have positive yards on first and second down, setting us up for short third down situations, and Goessel’s defense did a great job of making us play behind the chains all night. We need to watch film, get back to the drawing board and get things corrected before a tough Solomon team comes to town this Friday night.”

Coming—Goessel (3-1, 5-2) has clinched a playoff berth and will travel to Bennington (3-1, 5-2) Friday, while Peabody-Burns (1-3, 2-5) will host Solomon (1-3, 3-4).