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Big second half propels Goddard past Buhler

Published: Sep. 5, 2020 at 12:09 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - The Goddard Lions opened up the 2020 season with a 35-20 win over Buhler, propelled by a dominant season debut from senior wide receiver Jake Shope. The season opener marks the first time the two teams have played each other in 17 years.

After a scoreless first quarter in which neither team made it inside the other’s 20-yard line, a breakdown in the Lions secondary at the beginning of the second quarter left tight end Ryan Henderson wide open for a 57-yard touchdown, putting Buhler up 7-0 with 11:45 left in the first half.

Sep 4, 2020; Goddard, Kansas, USA; during a game between the Goddard Lions and the Buhler Crusaders ©KellyRoss
Sep 4, 2020; Goddard, Kansas, USA; during a game between the Goddard Lions and the Buhler Crusaders ©KellyRoss(©KellyRoss)

With four minutes left in the first half, Goddard senior quarterback Kyler Semrad, who’s back after a season ending injury in game four last year, connected with senior wide receiver Jake Shope for a 60-yard touchdown to put the Lions on the board and tie the game at seven.

That would turn out to be the start of a dominant performance from Shope, with 14 seconds left in the first half, Semrad found him in the end zone once again on a 34-yard pass to put the Lions up 14-7 at the break.

Sep 4, 2020; Goddard, Kansas, USA; during a game between the Goddard Lions and the Buhler Crusaders ©KellyRoss
Sep 4, 2020; Goddard, Kansas, USA; during a game between the Goddard Lions and the Buhler Crusaders ©KellyRoss(©KellyRoss)

After the break, a botched punt attempt by Buhler gave the Lions the ball inside the 10-yard line. Semrad connected with Tyler Haskell in the end zone on a 3-yard strike for his third passing touchdown of the game to put Goddard up 21-7 with nine minutes left in the third quarter.

Shope found the end zone for the third time of the night to put the Lions up 28-7 with a little over one minute left in the third quarter. He went on to finish the night with 300 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

With two minutes left in the game, Crusader running back Sam Elliot found the end zone one a 23-yard run to cut the game to 28-14. Buhler found the end zone once again with one minute left in the game, to cut the score to 35-20, but the effort was too little too late.

The Lions will face Valley Center on the road next Friday.

Buhler will face Andover Central at home.

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