Madison ends Goessel’s football run

Goessel?s successful season ended with a 42-34 loss to Madison on Saturday.

At the start of the game, it appeared the bigger Madison Bulldogs would have their way with the smaller, faster Bluebird squad.

Madison scored first, but the Bluebirds responded with a passing attack into the wind and

Craig Banman reached the end-zone for the Bluebirds from two yards out with Austin Unruh taking in the conversion to tie the game 8-8.

Madison scored twice in the second quarter to take a 22-8 lead, but the Bluebirds passing game gave a good balance to their offense as Kendall Voth caught a 33 yard pass for a touchdown and Banman settled under a 19 yard pass for another score and the Bluebirds had the momentum going into the half-time break, trailing 22-20.

The Bulldogs were the only team to score in the third period, giving them a 30-20 lead. Goessel took advantage of turnovers in the fourth period.

Banman went 20 yards for a score and Cameron Stultz making the conversion to cut the deficit to 30-28.

Weston Hiebert snagged an interception and the Bluebirds recovered a Madison fumble and were able to take a 34-30 lead after Travis Fensky found the end-zone on a one yard run.

Madison needed only three minutes to regain the lead 36-34 with a strong ground game. The Bluebirds, now working into a breeze in the fourth quarter, turned the ball over on downs.

Again the Bulldogs drove the ball in for a score, but the Bluebird defense prevented the extra points.

With a deficit of eight points, 42-34, Goessel tried to muster some desperation offense in the last 33 seconds.

The season ended with their only loss, coming in the 11th game.

?Delbert Peters

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