Buhler rolls past Goddard 42-14
BUHLER, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - In a week one matchup between two top ten teams in their respective classes, Buhler dominated Goddard in a 42-14 win.
“This win propels us and gives us confidence going forward,” Buhler head coach Steve Warner said. “It’s a big win for us because Goddard has been successful in the past and they got us pretty good last year. It was a good answer for us to come out and play like we did.”
Senior running back Sam Elliott led the Crusaders with three touchdowns and more than 200 yards of offense.
“It doesn’t matter who I’m going against, if I run my hardest and play my heart out I’m going to keep dragging people,” Elliott, who ran for almost 2,000 yards last season, said.
Buhler completed a six play, 64-yard drive capped off by a 7 yard touchdown run from Elliott to go ahead 7-0 with 9:06 to play in the first quarter.
After a forced three and out by the Buhler defense, the Crusaders would find the end zone once again as quarterback Bradley Neil found Collin Rolland in the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown to take a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
“I wasn’t sure we were going to be able to run the ball as well as we did in the first quarter,” Warner said. “We came out very, very well. We have three offensive linemen that are new starters and three very experienced linemen and having those unexperienced linemen always makes me nervous but I think they did an excellent job. I’m proud of how they came out ready to play.”
After a slow start, Goddard’s offense would find some life in the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown from Dylan Reese.
A fumble recovery by Goddard on the ensuing drive would set the Lions up inside Crusader territory, but the shift in momentum would come to an end with a 60-yard pick six from Matthew Eddy to give Buhler a 21-7 lead with 7:20 remaining in the half.
The Crusaders would finish the half with a 74-yard scoring drive, as Neil found Elliott in the end zone for a 46-yard touchdown to take a 28-7 lead into the break.
With two minutes left in the third quarter, Dylan Reese broke free for a 76-yard touchdown to cut the Lions deficit to 28-14.
Buhler would add on two more scores, including another pick six to roll to a 28 point win.
“Two pick sixes hasn’t happened very often in my career, that was really big for us,” Warner said. ”I thought our defense was outstanding they did a good job of getting Goddard off the field and our offense back on.”
Buhler will take on Andover Central on the road next while Goddard will host Valley Center.
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