GODDARD, Kan. Eisenhower went south of Kellogg to visit cross-town rival Goddard in the War on 54 Friday and it did not disappoint in the 21-20 Eisenhower win.
Sep, 19, 2019; Wichita, Kansas, USA; during an AVCTL matchup between the Andover Trojans versus the Goddard Eisenhower Tigers ©Kelly Ross
The Tigers wanted to hand 5A No. 8 Goddard its second loss of the season and everything went their way to start.
Quarterback Chance Omli opened the scoring with a big run to put Eisenhower up 7-0 in the first.
On the Lions’ next drive, Eisenhower’s Dominic LiCastro strip-sacked quarterback Kyler Semrad and Ryan George recovered the fumble. The celebration didn’t last long.
Goddard put pressure on Omli and he had two options: either take the sack or send a floater in hope of a completion. He chose the latter and Goddard’s Lake Hamilton got it back for the Lions.
The Lions scored on a one-yard sneak from Semrad to tie the game at seven.
With just over a minute and a half left in the first half, Eisenhower lined up for a field goal, but it was blocked and Nalell Kapten scooped and scored from 65 yards out. If you thought that would close out the first half, you’d be wrong.
Goddard got the ball back and put together a drive that included a double reverse that included Semrad, Dylan Reese, and Soren Carr. Semrad ended up with the ball again and hit Jake Shope at the 12 yard line.
Blake Mitchell then capped the drive with a 12-yard touchdown catch to put the Lions up 20-7 at halftime.
The Lions scored 20 unanswered points to close out the half, but that was all they had in the tank as Eisenhower roared back in the fourth quarter.
With just 1:13 left to play, Eisenhower got down to the five-yard line, where Mason Turney ran a perfect route. He faked in, then broke out away from the defense and hauled in the go-ahead touchdown.