GOESSEL — Two teams entered Friday nights' Eight Man Div I football clash in Goessel looking for their first win, and after a sloppy ball game Peabody-Burns was able to find what they were looking for: a 44-38 win over their hosts. David Pickens,
David Pickens, coach of the Warriors, was happy to have the win. But after a mistake-filled ball game, he was not satisfied.
“When you are 0-3, you can't be choosy,” Pickens told his team. “We are going to take it, and we are going to enjoy it.”
But after allowing Goessel to hang around, and come back in the fourth quarter thanks to Peabody defensive miscues and turnovers, he was promising tough practices next week.
“You win a game like that, it is not very satisfying,” Pickens said. “That was us, not executing and not finishing. … We found a way to win tonight, but we have to find a way to finish when we are dominating. We were dominating, but then big play after big play of just mental errors kept them in the game.”
Across the field, coach Garrett Hiebert was a bit disappointed as well. The Bluebirds had managed to turn the ball over on their first four possessions — including two in the red zone — but battled back into the game.
The Bluebirds almost took full advantage of Peabody-Burns miscues in the fourth quarter, putting a pair of late touchdowns on the board to pull within six points after trailing by as much as 20 in the stanza. With 1:44 left to play, Goessel recovered an onside kick to put them in a position to tie — or win — the ball game.
Four straight incomplete passes ended their hopes.
“Right now we are at a place where our good plays look really good, and our bad plays look really bad,” Hiebert said. “Eight man football is a crazy game. … You are never really out of it playing eight man football. There are changes in momentum all the time, and we got that rolling and nearly came all the way back.”
The two teams combined for nine turnovers in the ball game.
Peabody's Jess Philpott led the Warriors with 246 rushing yards with two touchdowns on 22 carries. He also led the defense with 14.5 tackles.
“He is a great runner with great vision and he has a great burst of speed,” Pickens said. “He is a home run hitter from the backfield.”
For Goessel, quarterback Dylan Lindeman threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns on 11-for-31 passing. He also ran for 54 yards and two touchdowns.
PHS 14 18 8 6 44
GHS 2 22 0 14 38
8:58 PHS Montiny, 70 yard pass from Young. (run failed) 6-0
4:17 GHS Safety, Funk sack in end zone. 6-2
2:14 PHS Entz, 59 yard interception return (Philpot run) 14-2
10:51 PHS Montigny, 14 yard run (pass failed) 20-2
7:31 GHS Freeman, 27 yard pass from Lindeman (run failed) 20-8
6:41 PHS Philpott, 68 yard run (pass failed) 26-8
6:01 GHS Lindeman, 39 yard run (Young run) 26-16
5:32 PHS Young, 8 yard run (run failed) 32-16
:34 GHS Lindeman, 16 yard run (Young run) 32-24
10:01 PHS Philpott, 67 yard run (run failed) 38-24
8:21 PHS Young, 2 yard run (run failed) 44-24
2:33 GHS Hagewood, 7 yard pass from Lindeman (Run fail) 44-30
1:44 GHS Griffin, 72 yard pass from Lindeman (Hagewood from Lindeman) 44-38
PHS: Young 4-9-99-1-1. GHS: Lindeman 11-31-248-3-1.
PHS: Philpott 22-246-2, Hamman 7-24-0, Lett 5-19-0, Montigny 1-18-0, Young 9-13-2. Total: 45-334-4 GHS: Zogelman 32-154-0, Lindeman 17-54-2, Hagewood 1-5-0, Wiens 1-(-4)-0. Total: 51-209-2
PHS: Montigny 2-69-1, Weerts 2-30-0. GHS: Griffin 4-139-2, Sterk 2-41-0, Hagewood 3-35-1, Funk 1-19-0, Johnson 1-14-0.