Friday, October 12, 2007

Goodhue Football Has a Strong First Year in the HVL

Everyone thought that the move from the TRC to the HVL would be too much for Goodhue to handle. Teams didn’t respect us at all and we were fine with that, with teams like Zumbrota saying “Welcome to the HVL Goodhue,” (after our loss to Triton) and Kenyon coaches saying “When is Goodhue going to learn that you can’t run power football in the HVL.” This year we finally got to play some teams from the area. Football Programs like: Lake City, Kenyon, Zumbrota, Rochester Lourdes, Hayfield, and power house Triton. I’m glad we made the switch in conferences because this year has been a great time so far and we haven’t started playoffs yet. So far our overall record is 6-1 (4-1 in the Gold Division). The last game of the regular season is home against Zumbrota-Mazeppa. In the rest of this article I will briefly break down the games that we have played this season.
The first game of the year started down in Rochester, at John Marshall Stadium. We were playing Rochester Lourdes who was Class 3A. It was back and forth for the whole game. Brett had a great game, recording two long touchdown catches and another one rushing. The game was a battle back and forth but after it all we pulled out a sweet win with a game score of 28-26.
Game two was with power house Triton. Coming into this game we thought we would give them a good game. We held them to seven points in the first half and went into halftime down just0-7, but when the second half rolled around they started scoring a lot. Our defense got tired and our offense just wasn’t clicking. We ended up losing big to Triton 0-34. Hence the "Welcome to the HVL Goodhue!" from Zumbrota. Well Zumbrota... good job this year.

Week 3 of the season we were in Kenyon against the Knights. The final score of the contest was 28-0 with Goodhue coming out on top. Coming into the game we figured that we had to put of a lot of rushing yards and we did just that, posting 306 yards on the ground with 62 attempts. We earned an average of 4.9 yards a carry. Eric Ryan lead the rushing attack with 39 carries for 211 yards. Now I think that’s some POWER football for you in the HVL, but that’s just my opinion.

Next Friday was homecoming, where we took on the panthers of Pine Island. We jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back. Goodhue took advantage of four Pine Island turnovers to earn a 52-14 victory. Micah Huneke had TD runs of 11, 15, and 3 yards. Huneke also returned an interception early in the 1st quarter of 11 yards. Mr. Huneke ended the contest with 4 TD’s on the evening. Ryan also had another strong performance running 21 times for 126 yards.

The following week we were down in Winona at the University. Coming in we knew it was going to be a great battle. After all the offense displayed, Goodhue came out with a convincing 44-21 win over the ramblers of Winona-Cotter. Kelby Buck had a big game throwing for 124 yards and two TD’s. Eric Ryan and Brett Watson both finished with two TD’s. Our defense really stepped up against a great offensive team. We recorded four interceptions against one of the best quarterbacks in the state, Thomas O’Brien. Goodhue finished the game with a total of 398 yards and Cotter with 424 yards, but turnovers were the difference in this game. The ramblers gave up the ball six times.
Lake City was in town for week 6 and we won big. Winning in 43-17 rout over the tigers. We scored on our first possession, capping the drive with a five-yard run from Kelby Buck and kept rolling after that. Next possession, Eric Ryan took a run to the house in the first quarter, on a scamper of 59 yards. Buck hooked up with Brett Watson twice for TD’s of 40 yards. Watson finished the game with one of his best, recording six receptions for 172 yards. Buck also had one of his best games throwing, finishing the evening with 253 yards through the air. After this win we had an overall record of 5-1.
Week 7 our team was down in Hayfield, where we took on the vikings. Our offense and deffense both played great in a big win of final score of 48-14. The vikings were held to -2 yards of offense in the first half. Goodhue put up a total of 298 yards and most of them coming in the first half with ease. Brett Watson caught three TD passes from Kelby Buck and also picked one off on defense and took it to the house for 60 yards. Watson also led the defense with three interceptions.

By: Sean Thomforde

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