• Photo by Todd Boyd/Special to the Journal
    Groesbeck athletic director and head football coach Steven Hale leads his team onto the field last Friday for the Goats home opener of the 2017 season. Groesbeck pulled off a fourth-quarter comeback for the 24-21 win and a 2-0 start to the year. Next up is the Battle of the River against Mexia.
  • Photo by Todd Boyd/Special to the Journal
    Ryan Hardin (72) and Mark Smith (55) lead the way for Ameer Lee (5) after he takes the handoff from Ty Hale and scampers for a 64-yard TD run in the first half of Friday's 24-21 win.
  • Photo by Todd Boyd/Special to the Journal
    Senior linebacker Brayden Bradley (10) blasts Bullard quarterback Cleet Bowman stopping a Panthers drive in the first half of Friday's 24-21 victory over Bullard.

Goats comeback to crush Panthers, 24-21 Groesbeck now 2-0 on the season with BOTR up next

By Sean Turgeon Special to the Journal

The Groesbeck stands were packed in a perfect setting with low humidity and clear skies - undoubtedly football weather.

The 1-0 Groesbeck Goats ​were in their second non-district game against​ the Bullard Panthers, coming out on top for win No. 2 with the 24-21 win.

Groesbeck won the toss and elected to d​e​fer ​to receive the ball in the second half. The Panthers came out with consecutive passes and drove down to the Goat's 11-yard line. The defense lit it up early with an interception by Ameer Lee.  Groesbeck's offense was met with resistance by the Panther's defense on their first offensive plays of the game.  One resulted in a sack by the Panthers to force Groesbeck to punt. Nick Mosley and Mark Smith both had sacks of the Panther's quarterback which rattled Bullard's offense. Hard-fought battles continued through the first quarter between both teams. Ethan Davis intercepted a Panther pass, and the 45-yard run by Ameer Lee set up Groesbeck's first touchdown. The Goats went for two with success and at the end of the first-quarter Groesbeck 8, Bullard ​0​. 

​At the start​ of​ ​​the second-quarter​,​ Ty Hale came out firing to Dylan Rand ​for the first down, extending Groesbeck's  second-quarter opening drive.

A great run by T​yrique​ Carter and a ​horse-collar ​personal foul​ call against Bullard​ ​p​ut the ​G​oats at the 10-yard line.​ ​​ An additional penalty against the Panthers set the Goats up on their seven- yard line. The Panthers held firm on third down stopping the Goats which forced a fourth down field goal attempt by Dylan Rand.  It was good with 9;02 left in the half:  Goats 11, Panthers 0.

A kick off by Mark Smith Jr. and a good Panther run back to Groesbeck's 38-yard line swung the momentum towards the Panthers until Landen Frazier made a key quarterback sack, and Titus Townes intercepted a pass.

The Goats then drove all the way down to the 20-yard line but had to turn the ball over on downs.

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